Apart from the Manual being to complicated to understand, I have come up with several problems with this machine. I have just bought it, so I want to check I am doing everything before I arrange to send it back.
1. I cannot seem to tune it into my Digital TV (Hitachi P50T...which has Freeview incorporated in it) I just can tune it in to my anologue.
2. The manual says it takes DVD-R & DVD-RW but I have bought several different brands & it just keeps coming up as disc error.
3. I have connected it the same way as the previous recordable dvd player that I replaced it with (which had no problem tuning in to the Freeview Digital channels
4. If somone could please help me & at the lease explain how to connect & work the horrid thing in easy (very easy) termsm it would be much appreciated
Connect the antenna or cable to the aerial jack of the funai. connect the rf out jack of the funai to the aerial jack of the tv .connect av1 scart jack of funai to scart
jack of tv.
The discs to try are cheap discs from poundland called mr dvd-r they seem to work
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The Funai ZV427FX4 doesn't have a tuner. You'll need a set-top box (either a digital tuner or a cable box) that has a composite A/V out. Make sure to use a compatible DVD-R or DVD-RW disc (see page 27 of the manual given below). For basic recording, insert a DVD and press DVD to make sure that the recorder is ready to record to disc instead of video tape. (You may need to format the disc for DVD-RW.) Press Rec Mode until the correct mode is chosen. Then press Input to select composite input 1 or 2 (L1/L2). Set this source to the desired channel. Then press Rec. (For scheduled recording, make sure that the unit is set to DVD. Then press Timer. Follow the on-screen cues to set the time to start and end the recording. Otherwise the steps are the same. Then press Timer Set.) See the manual for screen-shots of the procedure.
VCR section seems have error in mechanism like incomplete loading of cassette, no spin of video head motor, high spin of capstan motor etc. You can observe above symptoms and let me know for further help.
If your Comcast box has a composite output, you'll be able to record SD shows. Use RCA composite video and audio cables between the box and the recorder. You'll have to set the box to the channel you want to record and leave it on. Then set the HDD/DVD unit to record from video input (L1 rear, L2 front) for the appropriate length of time. The manual explains this. The manual is available from Funai who built the unit with the Magnavox name: http://funaiport.com/upload/MAGNAVOX/Manual/MDR537H_EN_OM.pdf . See pages 19 and 42. If your TV and/or cable box only have a limited number of video inputs/outputs, you may need to daisy chain the composite video cables from the cable box to the DVD/HDD unit's video in. Then connect another composite cable from the DVD/HDD video out to the TV.
This Magnavox unit can only read analog (NTSC) cable video signals without a set top box. You will not be able to record a show and then watch another with the cable box.
I hope this helps.
(I know that my cable system's box has a composite video out. So it does work with most of the Comcast boxes. Many of the manuals are available here: http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/cable-tv/cable-box-user-manuals/ )
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