Here is my problem. Whenever I program my M672 VCR, regardless of the channel I program to record, it's always channel 3 that ends up recording. Once I've programmed the device, I shut it off. The TIMER mention is displayed. At the time the VHS turns on to record, let's say I want to record channel 7. 7 is displayed on the screen, and a second or two later, it switches to 3 and records channel 3.
I've tried everything. My cable runs into my VCR and then another cable leads to the TV. I've tried recording "directly" (no programming) with the TV off, and the VCR will record the channel displayed on the screen of the VCR. The problem only arises when the recording is programmed in advance.
This is very frustrating as it defeats the whole purpose of the VCR.
Also, I've tried programming the VCR and leaving it on. In that case, TIMER flashes on the screen but the VCR does not put the tape in motion, hence nothing is recorded.
Any ideas or suggestions?
The answer to your question, "Does this have anything to do with the fact that the VCR and TV are now on cable?" is no.
The outside antenna and the cable are input signal sources only and have no effect on the functions of the VCR.
It sounds like you have an electronic problem with the timer circuitry. In order to locate exactly where the timer circuitry is located, you would need a service manual for your particular VCR. Using the service manual, you may or may not be able to repair it.
My suspicion is that it would be cheaper to just purchase a new VCR if timed recording is important to you.
First make sure the internal clock is setup correctly observing am/pm. Then try recording something so you can watch the operation to see if it works. Make sure you have a tape you can record on and also make sure the write protect tab has not been removed from the front lower corner of the tape. Good Luck! I hope you now have success!
Here are a few items to check and how you need to set your recording.
1. Your HD box should have a coax out (or to TV) connection on the back of the box. 2. Connect a coax cable from the back of the HD box to the "RF IN (FROM ANT.)" in the back of the VCR. 3. When you set your VCR to record you need to set it to copy channel 3 and tune the HD box to the channel you want to record. This should fix your problem...
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If your using digital cable it will only record channel 3 or 4 depending on what your cable box is set to...In order for it to record different channels it needs a cable source plugged directly into it. You will only be able to record standard cable channels 1-125. If it's digital cable forget about... you can only record it with channel 3/4 a solution to this would be using a 2nd digital box.. "auto-programming" may be limited even with a 2nd cable box. If your only using standard cable 1-125... you can use the TV/VCR button it will switch between the tuner of the TV & VCR allowing you to record while you watch a different show... keep in mind this won't work for digital channels which if I'm not mistaken comcast has already converted all channels to digital even basic.
do you wish to record while watching or while away.....while watching make sure your vcr is set to CH 3...when the show comes on press record (a blank tape should be inserted) the red button on most vcrs.......while away the channel selector must be on the ch you wish to record...using the remote for the vcr press menu/program a event (this is where your vcr most have the correct date / time and not flashing 12:00)..set the day..time to start recording and time to stop recording..your ch will always be 3..now that vcr is set the main thing is make sure that cable channel selector is on that channel
I have Dish Network and a DVR and I do not know what I would do without it. I can record 2 shows at once and watch to 2 recorded programs while recording two shows. But getting to your problem... It sounds like the vcr cannot process the digital signal. You could try hooking up the vcr to the rca inputs from the cable box but you will only be able to record whatever channel the cable box is on. Any way you hook them up the programming of the vcr to change channels at different times for different programs probably won't work now. It sounds like Direct TV with two DVRs will solve your recording needs.
If you're referring to programming your VCR for recording, that works just like it did before the cable box was installed, but with two major differences.
The first difference is that the VCR must always be programmed to record on the converter box output channel. Usually this is channel 3, but may also be channel 4. The cable box selects the channel from the cable system, but it's always outputting to your TV on the same channel. That channel is what the VCR needs to record from.
The second change to programmed recording is that you can't program your VCR to record programs on different channels. The reason is because, as mentioned above, the VCR is actually recording from the cable box which is always on the same output channel. Unless you are home to change the channel on the box, you're stuck. For example, if you want to record a show at 10PM on channel 8 and another at 11 on channel 26, those are the cable channel numbers. The box output is channel 3 (or 4) in both cases. The VCR can't switch the box for you. It's only going to record the program on the channel you selected before you left home. You also need to leave the cable box turned on, but the TV can be off. This is probably the thing most people find confusing about dealing with a cable box.
Now having said all that, some brands of cable box do include a timer feature of their own that allows you to program the box to switch channels. This feature is used in conjunction with timer recording on the VCR. You still always program the VCR to record on channel 3 (4), but now the box can be programmed as well to switch to the channel on the system you want to record. This allows you to get around the limitation described above. If your box offers this feature, it will be accessed through its setup menu using the remote control. Ask your cable company if this is available if it's not clear from the setup menus or instructions the installer left you with.
You need to set the vcr to channel 3 or 4 (whatever channel the digital converter box is set to broadcast on) to record a program. The digital converter box has to be set to the channel you want to record the show from.
With the VCR connected to DirecTV, you're not picking the channel with the VCR anymore. You're picking the channel on the DirecTV receiver, and the VCR will record on channel 3 or 4 (if you've hooked the receiver up using the RF output to the VCR) or through its line (A/V) inputs if you're using those. The tuning range of the VCR is completely unimportant.
With your new system, though, there's one big drawback. Since the VCR is always set for channel 3 or 4, or its line input, and you're changing channels on the DirecTV receiver, you can't program the VCR to record several different channels if you go out. You won't be home to change channels on the receiver, so the only channel you'll be able to record is whichever one you've selected before you go out. Remember the VCR is taping the output of the satellite receiver, and not the satellite channel directly. If you record on some channel other than the receiver's output channel, there won't be anything there. All you'll get is snow or a blank screen.
Is it possible to record TV programming on a VCR when using a DTV converter?
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I had the same problem and found this answer that worked for me. Hope this does the trick for you.
Simple stated, your VCR must be set to channel 3 also. Check it out.
You must have the VCR tuned to record on channel 3.
You must have the VCR connected to output signal of the DTV
converter box. In other words, the converter box must be connected
between the antenna and the VCR. So, the likely configuration you would
use with a coaxial cable is antenna to DTV converter to VCR to TV.
You must tune the DTV converter to the channel you want to record
prior to recording. The VCR won't be able to change channels on the DTV
You will be able to use the timed record function on the VCR but you must adhere to steps 1-3.
If this sounds freakishly familiar to recording on a digital cable or
satellite set-top box, you are right. It is exactly like recording a
signal from a digital cable box or satellite receiver. While it may be
inconvenient to perform the steps above, at least the option still
exists to record on a VCR while using a DTV converter box. Disadvantage of DTV Converter: You will lose the ability to watch one program and record another with the DTV converter. Sorry for the bad news.
The reason is the tuner. The VCR tuner is useless with digital except
for recognizing channel 3. The digital converter is a single tuner item
so it only receives one station at a time.
I assume you're trying to record from the DTV box. You will have to set the DTV box to play through channel 3 then tell the VCR to record channel 3. So basically the VCR always THINKS it's recording channel 3, but in reality it's recording whatever channel the DTV box is on. You will be unable to used timed recording unless you leave the box on whatever channel it is you're wanting to tape.
The typical hookup is cable/satellite box output to VCR antenna/RF input, then VCR antenna/RF output to television input. Since you are able to watch pre-recorded tapes, the latter is already correct. There are other ways to connect, using the audio/video outputs of VCR to audio/video inputs of the TV. Older or low end TV sets may not have these connections.
If by chance you are using an outdoor antenna (not cable or satellite) then the antenna connects to VCR antenna/RF input and VCR output as above. You will also need to program the VCR into the stations- most late VCRs will scan for active channels, and program themselves to those channels.
I'm not sure of the capabilities of newer cable & sat boxes, but generally, you had to tune that box to the channel you wanted to record. The VCR is set to channel 3 or 4 depending on the output of the cable box.
Lastly, most VCRs of the last 10+ years require the remote to setup advanced functions, such as timed record, date & channel setup functions. The buttons on the VCR itself only do very basic functions, Stop/Play/Rewind/F-forward/Eject etc.
If you don't have the orig. remote, some universal remotes may be able to do advanced programming functions.
on alot of vcrs if you already have a set time for one channel to record at a later time if you dant set the earliest first it wont let you change it but im not sure if you already have one set ahead of time or not