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Old school VHS question here. I'm not sure where is belongs, so I'm posting in random.

I got a whim to check out the Breakdown - IYH last night, mostly for the triple threat cage match but I also wanted to give Edge VS Owen a look again. Anyway, the tape is one of those that the then WWF released: taped cheaply on SLP and ready to go off track if you sneeze too hard. I popped in the tape, and it started playing fine, but it slowed down and stopped about 40 minutes in. I'm currently rewinding and fast forwarding the cassette a few times in hopes that I can loosen up the tape to play. Is there a better solution for this? I'm hoping the tape is just sticking to itself, am I'm fooling myself?

Also, I know I could buy the original tape off the net (I'm not talking bootleg copies), but would a tape like this hold up after eight years if it hasn't been viewed? Or would I just have the same problems as I have right now?

Thanks for any help




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    Originally posted by chazworthington
    I popped in the tape, and it started playing fine, but it slowed down and stopped about 40 minutes in. I'm currently rewinding and fast forwarding the cassette a few times in hopes that I can loosen up the tape to play. Is there a better solution for this? I'm hoping the tape is just sticking to itself, am I'm fooling myself?
This is a good idea, but you might also want to try it in a different VCR and make sure it's the tape that is the problem.



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I still use my VCR more than the DVDs, and when I play older tapes the VCR heads get dirty too quickly. Its a good idea to clean the VCR heads routinely.

One of these days I will spring a few bucks to convert my "library" to DVD, as it definitely holds up better over the long haul.

VCR cassettes should last a long time if properly stored, I have several of family gatherings, weddings, etc. from the early and mid-80's that have held up very very well. We recently dug out the footage of a then newborn niece, to play it at her graduation party. A LOT of us were much thinner, and definitely healthier, then. While the tape had deteriorated some, it was mostly the sound that was slightly off, the picture was only a little grainier than it had been.


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Thanks CRZ and too-old.

I tried the tape in a second VCR, and got the same result. So I went with the fast forwarding: first time the tape got about an hour and 40 minutes into the tape according to the counter. So I rewound it and hit fast forward again. Got it to about 2 hours 15 minutes. One more cycle got me to the end of the tape, but I did one more run to make sure before watching it.

It played fine for me after that. Watched the whole show after all that work. Thanks for help.



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