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Tv/digital converter box & vcr-dvd hook-up

I have a Zenith tv that only has the ANTENNA IN on it, was using and watching dvd/vcr movies just fine.
Had to buy converter box so I got the Zenith 901. Now I can't watch my dvd/vcr movies. It has power to it and the remote works, it appears the movie is playing but I can't find the channel the movie is playing on. HELP

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  • Karen Kallister Nov 02, 2008

    The antenna is hook up to the converter box, the yellow/white/red hooks converter box to vcr/dvd(ALL HOOK-UPS ON VCR/DVD ARE 'out' no 'in') the RF feed hooked to the TV. I hope I have given you the information you asked for. Karen

  • Karen Kallister Nov 02, 2008

    I bought a ALL IN ONE hook up box that the antenna was connceted to as well as the vcr/dvd player. that is no longer being used, the girl at Radio Shack said I wouldn't need it anymore. Channel 3 was being used, I have the option for channel 3 or 4 now with the converter and I tried it on both channelsThanks Karen

  • Karen Kallister Nov 02, 2008

    Hi, First I want to thank you for working so hard to help me!!!

    The RF Modular box is indeed the ALL IN ONE HOOK UP, I am looking at the information on the bottom of it now.

    CAT.No PH61159

    (sorry but the next number is very small so I am not sure I will get the letters correct)

    Pb/Free NO 36431844

    Another small sticker on it has....... C ZJ


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  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    I have followed the instructions in the converter manual. I have a Sony TV, a Toshiba VCR/DVD . I can view the TV programs through the new converter box. My problem is if I switch to DVD I can't get the DVD to play. The lights are on the DVD but can't get TV programs to stop playing to switch to the DVD. Any suggestions?

    Thanks Harlan W



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Hello---I need to know how to hook up to my TV, dvd, & vcr--Panasona hd , 36" tv, jvc vcr, & insignia converter box--my tv is 2005--Thank you-beckie 1-4-2009

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We had an rca crt tv and had to use channel 99 on the tv to get the dvd player  to work.

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You have saved my day.

I had the same connections problem as Karen. I have an older TV and the DVD player was connected using an RF converter. No where in the digital converter manual did it mention the RF converter or how to connect the converter box if you already have an RF converter.

I was checking on-line and could still find nothing. About to give up, I happened to find the web-site FixYa. Within minutes I located the thread regarding hoop up with an RF converter. It took all of 5 minutes to then connect everything.

I cannot thank you enough for making the connection so simple.

Max Parker

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Hi Karen, I think you are having connection issues. Can you provide specific details of the connections? Thanks, Mike

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  • Mike H. Nov 02, 2008

    Hi Karen,

    I just wrote you a whole book to make the correction, then I realized one thing.
    Prior to not having the digital box, where did you connect the Antenna?
    Did the antenna connect directly to the Televsion or to the VCR/DVD?
    Did you had to set your Televsion to channel three when you need to use the VCR/DVD player?

    Mike H.

  • Mike H. Nov 02, 2008

    Hi Karen,

    Are you refering to a RF Modulator box as the all in one hook up?

    If thats the case, you will need to use the RF Modulatot again.

    The girl at Radio Shack made a mistake or was not clear about the options that you have available for connecting your devices

    I already know where the problem lies, but can you confirmed that your all and one hook up was the RF modulator box and also provide the model number. Once I have a clear picture of your before connection, then I will be able to give you the currect answer to connect all the devices.

    Thanks Karen.

  • Mike H. Nov 03, 2008

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for all the information.

    We will use your old connection but instead, we will include the digital box to the connection.

    If I am correct, this is how your old connection was:

    1- Antenna cable connected to the RF modulator on the Antenna "In" connection.

    2- VCR/DVD connected in the RF Modulator in the Yellow, Red and White connection (Video In ).

    3-On the RF Modulator box, you had a coaxial (round cable wire) connected to the "out" going into the television "in".

    Your new connection should be:

    1- Antenna cable connected to the digital box in the " antenna in".

    2- A coaxial cable connected to the digital box in the "out" connection.(For this, you need a new /or extra cable that you might have laying around)

    3- The other end of that coaxial cable (step 2) goes to the RF modulator box connected to the" Antenna in".

    4- VCR/DVD connected to RF modulator in the Yellow, Red and White connection (Video In ), same as your old connection.

    5- On the RF Modulator box, you had a coaxial (round cable wire) connected to the "out" going into the television "in". ( Same as in your old connection).

    Thats it Karen, all you need to do is set your Television to Channel 3 or 4 to utilize the VCR/DVD or the digital Box.

    If you need additional help, please feel free to contact me.



  • Mike H. Nov 05, 2008

    Hi Karen,

    You are very welcome.
    I am glad to hear that we were able to get you back and running.
    Sounds like you are having fun with your grand daughter. Enjoy playing and watching barnyard with your grand daughter.

    All the best,
    Mike H.


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