Sony SLV-272UC VCR player It shuts itself off in 2-5 seconds
I use this VCR as a tuner for an old TV for comcast cable. The cable runs from the wall to the VCR then into the tv. I turn the TV on and it works fine. I turn the VCR on with the remote or on the front of the unit and it turns itself off. This has never happened. Any idea what is going on?
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If you tv has more than one SCART connector.. ensure you have the cable plugged into the proper one.
Not sure what the problem is.. if you have a modern bidirecitonal SCART cable properly connected.. you should be able to view and hear the tape as it plays.. assuming the machine is in good condition.
Of course if you want to record a program other than the one you are watching you will ned to supply an independent broadcast signal to the VCR.. and yes you may have to program the tuner on the VCR if you want to record.
However if you simply wish to view tapes.. you shoud be set to use the machine as connected.
These guys have the owners manual and the service manual for your exact model;
Sorry I haven't been able to locate these for free anywhere, Sony do not have them available online.
Here is the link to the Wow cable instructions - i couldn't find much in there but you may see something that helps out, check pages 65-67 to be sure you have everything hooked up right;
Here is the link to the user manual for the explorer 3200;
and here for the FAQs;
Hope this helps, if you get some more ideas but still no solution, please post back and i can try again :)"
The television has nothing to do with recording. It is only required for playback. There are a number of possibilities depending on what equipment you have. Do you have cable, satellite, antenna? Your signal source has to be connected to the VCR either through the cable connector, or RCA video jacks. If you have straight cable, connect the cable to the "ant in" connector on the VCR. The VCRs tuner will select the channel you want to record. If you are on antenna, you will need a Digital set top box (STB) to receive any channels. If you have a satellite, cable box or digital STB, you must go from the output of the box to the input of the VCR. You can use the standard coax cable,but I would recommend using the audio/video cables for better quality. If using coax, the VCR will have to be set to either channel 3 or 4, depending on the boxes output setting. Using A/V jacks, the VCR will be set to "Line" or "Video" input.
I will be assuming you have analog cable TV service, no cable box. If you have a cable box, the instructions would be different.
There are many steps to properly setup your Sony VCR and they should ALL be setup to correctly record channels, however just to cover your question here....
Press MENU on the remote control for the VCR and you should see on your TV screen, the main menu options. Select TUNER PRESET. Press OK. Set Antenna/Cable to CABLE. Next Select AUTO-PRESET. Available channels will be scanned. This may take a few mins. so be patient. Channels could go up to 125. This should make available cable channels ready to record/view.
You can ADD or Delete a specific channel also if one is missed or undesired by selecting MANUAL SET.
Your VCR most likely does not have a digital TV tuner. Therefore you must supply a digital TV input signal so you can record it. Unless your TV has a composite video output, you would need another box, namely a digital TV tuner/converter which would connect to the VCR's input. Select the channel to record on the tuner/converter and select on the VCR the input where the tuner is connected.
Its hard to work out without looking at your cables. I assume the problem started when the freeview box got set up. I would guess that the aerial cable is now in the set top box instead of the vcr as the vcr sounds like it is unable to record when there's no signal (a common feature) so there shouldn't be a fault with the vcr,
just unplug the aerial from the set top box & plug it back into the vcr. Ch 1 2 3 4 should be back on vcr but set top box wont have any Ch.
most set top boxes have an aerial output, so you'll need another aerial cable, plug this into the aerial input on the vcr & ch 1 2 3 4 will be there but these will be analog (if your area has stopped analog transmission thats the prob rite there)
If you plug the matching cables from the set top box into L1 on vcr you'll be able to record digital tv as L1 use a signal from another tuner eg set top box, dvd player whereas the vcr channels 1 2 3 4 use the vcr's built in analog tuner. so it shouldn't be a biggie another cable should fix it,
I would be inclined to say that there are only two likely problems that you may be encountering. Either you are getting a bad signal feed, or the connectors on the cable are getting old and need replaced. The connection to the cable can break down over time, especially if they have been connected and reconnected several times. I cannot rule out problems caused by the transition to DTV, but that doesnt seem likely if there are only a few channels affected. As far as "selective failure" of the VCR's built-in tuner, I would say that that is also a very unlikely source for the problem If the tuning components inside the tuner had gone out, I would expect to see a problem on all channels watched through the system. If you are having this problem on all channels of the sony, then the tuner could surely be the problem, but if you haven't used it much that would indicate a problem at manufacturing, however since at least one of the machines is working fine on some channels and not on all of them, I would suspect the connections or the signal from your cable company. Contact them first ands see if they are having signal issues, if not try replacing your connectors.
In all likelyhood, you have a bad ground somewhere in the cable. Try other channels through the VCR. If the ground is the problem, there will be a cluster of channels that are snowy with the rest being clear. Check the cable itself and all of the connectors along it.
If the cable and connectors are good, the tuner or power supply of the VCR could be faulty and cause this as well.