>This assume no transport issues. Did you open it, watch the tape ingest, wrap around, play?
Yes, I opened and checked, I will give it another try and look closer, but I remember it even rewinded fine, which is why I ruled out transport and thought of head. I did not realize bad caps might give this, I expected bad caps to give some effect on color or at worst something glitchy, but not necessarily watchable like this (see attached)
On a side note, if this is French (PAL + SECAM compatible) model, and needs head replacement, can the head of a PAL only model be used? or does it have to be from another French device?
I opened it up, and the tape does really go in, wraps around, and the head spins.
I just noticed one interesting problem. the counter does not move when I click play. Even when I do FF, or FW, counter always on 00:00. I don't know if it is related to the problem or just a faulty counter unrelated to the issue.
This works fine with my other device that works, the non-functional one, does not work in passthrough modes neither. I tried both Svideo and SCART output.
Since the video in this case does not come from a tape, so the head is not involved. VCR Head is okay.
Also recording from an external source (DVD player or another VCR on the faulty vcr works fine, the incoming signal will be recorded on the tape, but the counter still won't move (it is supposed to move while recording on this model, I am sure of this)
This means that it is an electronic issue (I guess?) with whatever board that has to treat the signal and relay it to the external world via svideo/scart, it is faulty and unable to output the signal properly. Either that, or some component before it in the chain, which may be affecting the counter too.
I am not sure if the counter not moving in recording nor in play is relevant to the fact any output coming from the VCR is messed up and gives gray/black image.