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RCA DRC8320N connection

TV set (RCA ColorTrak model # FLR620TR) doesn't have input/output jacks - how do I connect my RCA DRC8320N DVD/VHS unit?

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  • Dawn Perry Jan 02, 2009

    Found this on another site. Posting 4 others who may encounter same setback.


    By "Henry (Charleston,IL)"  from Undisclosed on 05/28/2006
    I have only one complaint with the RCA DRC8320N VCR/DVD recorder/player combo unit and that compaint is that the RF OUT jack on the unit won't output video to an older television that only has the screw-on "F" connector RF IN jack. This older TV doesn't have RCA input jacks on it. I called the RCA 1-866-775-0976 help number listed on the box and the person that answered my call said that I would have to buy a seperate RF modulator unit to get the older TV to work with this new model DRC8320N unit. All of the older VCR's that I have seen already have this RF modulator built in to them. All you had to do was connect a screw-on RF cable to the TV's RF In jack and then connect the other end of the screw-on cable to the RF OUT jack on the VCR and then you could watch the video output from the VCR on the attached television. All you had to do was set the TV to channel 3 or channel 4 and you were ready to watch your videos. Now it appears that this feature is not being included in the RCA model DRC8320N VCR/DVD recorder/player. I ended up having to connect the RCA VCR/DVD recorder/player up to an older VCR using the RCA cables to connect the DRC8320N to the older VCR. I then connected the older VCR to the RF IN jack on the TV and I was able to watch the output from the model DRC8320N unit. Everything on the RCA model DRC8320N worked as I expected once the TV was hooked up in this fashion, but I was disapointed to see that the RF modulator function is no longer being built-in to the equipment. Another thing to watch out for is the initial start-up of the DRC8320N unit. The screen will show a message on the front display that says "HELLO" and then "PLS WAIT" and then "INITIAL". The directions for what you are supposed to do when this happens are located on a small additional piece of paper that is not in the large instruction book. It took me a while to find this additional piece of paper so I wasted quite some time trying to get the unit to work and then I found the additional instructions. Until you folllow the additional instructions listed in this additional sheet, none of the front panel buttons on the unit will work. [...] 


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SOURCE: need a manual for dvd-vhs

Dear Customer,
You can get downloadable manuals for your instrument on the follwing link http://tv.manualsonline.com/search.html?q=+drc8320n&submit.x=15&submit.y=0

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Posted on Jul 11, 2008

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your model is "tuner free" that means it does not have the RF screw in connector. Buy one that has a tuner, preferably both ATSC(USA digital) and NTSC(USA analog)

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This unit appears to have a faulty power supply module. Poor design. I have the same problem with different caps needed to be changed then those suggested by guest Oct 08.

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SOURCE: Connect DVD recorder to Video player/recorder- transfer VHStodisc

hook the video output from vcr to dvd input at rear, then hook output from dvd to tv input. note; you can not record protected vcr movies you can only record tv shows from sattelite to vcr or dvd recorder. its best to record straight from sattelite to dvd recorder for picture clarity.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Pictue but no audio on VHS playback..VHS record to DVD visual/no

Hi

please check the format settings, maybe the audio is not in good settiongs!~

Thanks!

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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