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I have a canon digital video camcorder ZR 800. On play i am getting thick electronic lines through the picture. This occurs even on tapes which i have previously watched and know that they are fine. i have cleaned the head using a mini DVD head cleaner.

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I am experienced with camcorder repair and the symptom you have described. The use of cleaning tapes on camcorders can sometimes repair this problem, but you have to be careful as excessive use can actually wear down and damage your video heads. I've seen many camcorders and VCRs where the heads were damaged from cleaning tapes. Therefore, I never recommend using them. Instead, here is what I would suggest:

1. Purchase a brand new blank mini-dv tape.
2. Insert it into your camcorder and press FF until it reaches the end of the tape.
3. Then press Rewind for about 30 seconds but don't rewind all the way to beginning.
4. Then press Play and then hold Rewind for Rewind Search mode. Hold for a minute or two.
5. Then hit Stop.
6. Rewind to beginning of tape and Eject.
7. Now insert a known good tape that has recorded material on it. Use one that has worked in the past and not one that you were having problems with playback.
8. Press Play and see if the problem is resolved.
9. If not, repeat steps 1 through 8 one or two more times.
10. If the problem still exists, then I would suggest taking it to an electronics repair shop for service as it may need to be professionally cleaned.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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