We want to record what ever is on tv as we did before, however there is not an output on this new tv as such as on our old set, and the new recorder does not have an input for our cable and then to the tv. We would also like to record another channel from the one we may be watching at the same time. Both manuals to the new tv and the new recorder talk about needing a set box. Can I go back to the old vhs recorder that has an input and output for the cable. and then how does it select the channel since cable is different? What is and how does the "set box" work and where do I get one compatable with the samsung tv and cable?
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Any external USB hard drive that uses a 3.5" hard drive (the larger drives they use in desktops) will work. These all come with an external power adapter you must plug into the wall.
The external hard drive units that use the smaller 2.5" hard drives are the ones they use in laptops. These require much less power, and can be powered by the PC's USB port although some do come with an optional power adapter. However the Dish receiver does not send enough power to its USB port to power the hard drive, which is why the tech told you to get one that has an external power supply.
Even then the DVR uses a drive format that your computer may not recognize. I don't know if there are tools out there that will let you connect a hard drive from a DVR, read and convert the TV shows stored there.
Another option is to buy a DVD recorder. This is like a VCR, only it uses a DVD disc and not a video tape. Connect the DVD recorder to the outputs on the DVR, and then set the DVD recorder so it will record from its input. (on my DVD recorder this is "IN2")
Put a blank DVD into the DVD recorder, start playing a show on the DVR, and hit record on the DVD recorder. When the show is finished, hit stop on the DVD recorder to stop recording. The advantage here is you can then play this DVD on any DVD drive. The disadvantage is DVD recorders only record in non-HD. You can still play a show in HD, but the recording you get won't be in HD. Also, the show has to record in real time. So if it's a 60 minute episode, it will take 60 minutes to record.
This would be easier to answer if you had included model numbers of both.
Check the connectors on each and you should find color-coded connectors marked with matching inputs & outputs. You will need to connect the outputs of the VCR to the matching inputs of the TV.
The signal coming from the VCR will, of course, be analog so you may need to set the TV on channel 3 or 4 and select the appropriate inputs of the TV via the main menu. It should state 'Analog.'
If you are concerned about keeping stereo signals on the proper sides, red=right, white=left.
You need to connect RCA cables Left/Right "audio out" on the back of your cable box to the "audio in" on your TV. Also, if you have a LCD HD tv you need to set the audio output to Analog NOT Digital.
Should work as I had a similar problem with a Comcast HD box and Remote.