A VIC Taping Mystery Solved
I only had my VIC-20 for a short time when I started having a problem: programs didn't load, or came up "out of memory", or loaded garbage graphics. I had purchased a new Toshiba black stripe 14" color TV to go with the computer and only experienced the loading problem with the new TV; everything worked perfectly when hooked up to my eight-year-old Electrohome TV.
With excellent assistance from my dealer – Compupro Micro Systems, Welland – I tried to isolate the problem. I changed wiring, computers, recorders, had the TV tested, but the problem persisted. After much frustration I hit upon the solution by accident.
My problem disappeared when I reversed the position of the computer/recorder and TV! Instead of having the TV to the left of the computer/recorder combination, I moved it to the right.
You might think this is crazy, and to this day I am at a loss to explain why this worked. All I know is that I no longer have any loading problems, but if I reverse the components my problem returns!
Foster J. Zanutto