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Lost manual...I cannot get DVD or VCR to record

I have a big screen with mulitple ports and choices. I have to plug the color-coded wires into one of these as listed below for input from DVD player output. My other options of hook up have 1 different color. I also have ports labeled Y / Pb / Pr that appear to be for input.
Then I have to select TV/INPUT on controller to watch video.
ex: TV/INPUT = then select TV; Component 1; component 2;etc... video 1; video 2; etc......I've tried all of the above.

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  • gary_flood Dec 13, 2008

    I think my problem is "which lines to hook to the appropriate ports. On the back of my TV, I can plug in the 3 color-coded lines at (for instance) Input 1 and I can watch a dvd or vhs, however; when I record from the TV and payback, I have to select on the remote TV/INPUT, then choose from 3 input terminals. I select #1 and all I get is a blank screen. I have tryed many different ports stated above, but I still can't record. Unlike older vhs where when plugged into the TV, a person would have to press a button (ex. TV/VCR) in order to record. Still not sure what I am doing wrong.

  • gary_flood Dec 20, 2008

    I have cable service. I cannot record from TV on DVD or VHS. If I want to watch...whatever..... On the remote, I have to press TV/INPUT. This prompts me to choose from the following: TV (which allows me to watch cable channels); Component 1; Component 2; HDMI; Video 1; Video 2; Video 3.

    At the rear of the TV, there are several selections of input and output options.

    The 1st group of input selections only has audio (red & white). As I continue across the rear of TV, naturally there are several other selections. The 1st selection that has all 3 colors (red, white, yellow) is called out as INPUT 1. When I plug in the input lines (by color) in order to watch DVD or VHS, I have to press TV/INPUT and select Video 1. Then I can watch ONLY DVD/VHS. I cannot see cable channels.

    With older televisions, on the remote, I would simply press TV/VCR and I could watch cable channels and if I wanted to record, I simply pressed "record".

    When I perform this action (pressing TV/VHS) the screen splits. The left side plays while the right side of the TV "freeze frames". This action does not show the button TV/VHS as an alternate for splitting the screen.

    I realize this is confusing and doesn't make alot of since. I know I am missing something that is probably simple, yet I am not seeing the solution. I think the connections are placed correctly but I may be activating the incorrect control selections.

    I probably need to purchase both the TV remote directions and the DVD/VHS directions as well. It is getting very frustrating but I hate to give up that $75 when I know I am missing something simple.

  • gary_flood Dec 20, 2008

    Go ahead and confuse me.

    My cable has a yellow video out jack and two audio out jacks which I am plugging into Input 1. However, anywhere I plug in the vidoe / audio inputs, I have to choose between TV / Input 1 / etc. in order to view cable TV or DVD/VHS. With any hook up I have tried, I can watch either, however; I still cannot record from cable. I still get a picture that appears to record a blank screen with slightly horizintal lines as if I were on the wrong channel. I have tried changing channels, then I get a total black screen. I'm lost.

  • gary_flood Jan 06, 2009

    I think I now have everything connected properly. My wife accidently pushed a series of buttons on the remote (I was out of town) and was able to watch cable channels while the TV selection was on INPUT 1. This means I should be able to record if I can duplicate her accident. Your advice has been most helpful. I now have a better understanding of what the system is looking for. I will take some time when I am very patience (a weekend) and give it a try. I will advise if successful. Thank you very much.

  • gary_flood Jan 09, 2009

    I was confused by the fact that when I was pressing the TV/INPUT button on the remote and choosing TV instead of Vidoe 1, I was actually by-passing the DVD/VCR. My next challenge is to learn how to record a DVD from a VHS. If you have any ideas, please feel free to share. Remember, the unit I have is a single unit with both DVD/VHS capabilities.

    Thanks again! You have been most helpful and saved me some $$$ and some additional misery. LOL

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You need to decide which set of inputs or outputs you want to use. To record, and watch what you have recorded on your TV, you will need TWO sets of audio/visual patch cords. One for recording and the other for playing. Let's start with the recording. Look for the Line in or video in plugs on your DVD-VCR unit. Some recorders have separate inputs for the VCR and DVD. Others let you select with the remote. Usually Line 1 is at the back and Line 2 is on the front. Your remote will have "recording source" to let you select, or sometimes you can use the channel up and down arrows to select your input source. Your remote will also allow you to select either the DVD or VCR for recording. Connect the Yellow plug to the Video In socket, and the red and white plugs to audio in., Connect the other end of the cord to the TV or cable box. Yellow goes to Video Out, red and white go to audio out. Recording from the cable box is much easier because you wiull always have a signal going into the DVD-VCR recorder no matter what happens at the TV.  Now look for the Video out connection on the DVD-VCR recorder. Connect the Yellow plug to video out and the red and white plugs to audio out. Ignore the other connections at this point. They are for RGB component video. Your DVD -VCR should have one output for both functions. Use that one.
Now connect that cord to a Video one or Video 2 input on your TV.
Test the set-up. Play a DVD or a VHS tape and try to bring it in using the TV remote.
Then turn on a program and try to record it on  the DVD-VCR, then play it back.
This sounds very complicated, but all that's involved are two patch cords with three plugs on each end - 12 connections in all and color-coded. YELLOW is always video.

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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  • Arthur Aldrich
    Arthur Aldrich Dec 14, 2008

    Let's get it straight. The DVD will PLAY through your TV, but it will not play a DVD you have recorded. Right?
    What are you using as your output to the DVD recorder?
    You might not be sending any signal to record; i.e., burning a blank disc.
    Be sure you have selected the correct input on your DVD recorder, using the remote or the channel up and down buttons.
    Line 1 is usually in the rear. Be sure your plugs from the TV are plugged into Video IN - yellow for video, red and white for audio. Line 2 is usually in the front. Be sure the display indicates the correct input.
    How do you know you are getting an outgoing signal to the DVD recorder. Are you using a cable or satellite box or the TV. If you are trying to record a program like a movie, it may be copy protected, which prevents any recording of the material.
    Try a regular broadcast channel.
    Will the VCR record? There are 20 ways to make a mistake and only one or two ways to get it right without a lot of aggrevation.

  • Arthur Aldrich
    Arthur Aldrich Dec 20, 2008

    You cannot watch your cable channels from a video or a/v input. It sounds as though you have identified a working auxiliary input. But your cable probably goes into the r/f input where an antenna would go. You need to go back to the TV input to watch cable after watching a DVD or VHS. 
    UNLESS - and I don't want to confuse you even more, your cable box has a yellow video out jack and two audio out jacks, or a round, four-pin SVHS video jack out. In that case, you could bring your cable signal into say, Video 2 input or SVHS input, and never worry about switching back to the TV mode. Just select between Video 1, your DVD/VHS, and Video 2, your cable box.
    You would still tune your cable box with the cable remote.

  • Arthur Aldrich
    Arthur Aldrich Dec 20, 2008

    OK, we're getting warmer. In order to record, you need to route the same cable output you are now sending through Video one into the DVD-VCR recorder. Since you are sending it to the TV, you will need to take that same signal from somewhere else.
    Look on the TV for a Video Out jack and, right next to it, two audio out jacks (left and right).
    Take those to the DVD recorder and pick the correct input using either the channel selector up and down arrows, or the DVD recorder remote.
    The rear connections are usually Input 1. The front connections, sometimes concealed behind a little door, are usually input 2. You must select the correct input or you will record nothing but wavy lines, which you seem to be able to do quite well now.
    Sometimes the selection is made on the remote by a button labeled Record Source or Auxiliary. Using the LCD screen on the DVD, select the appropriate one. Or use the channel up and down arrows. The auxiliary inputs are usually Channel 91 and 92. You should be able see your selection on-screen.
    This process can be maddening because of the useless complexity and incompatibility between devices. I run four DVD recorders and each is slightly different and requires a different remote and a different selection process.
    But one basic theory remains: You must provide an incoming signal (video and audio) and you must select the correct input on the DVD unit.
    To make life even more complicated, some DVD-VHS recorders have separate inputs and outputs for disc and tape. But these  units usually offer a combined output somewhere on the back of the unit.

  • Arthur Aldrich
    Arthur Aldrich Jan 06, 2009

    One problem down, one  to go. You have the input sorted out. Now make sure there is an output going to your DVD recorder (Video OUT and audio OUT) from some source and THAT recorder has its input set correctly to accept it. Same principle as the TV set input. Then be sure the OUTPUT of the DVD recorder is fed into another INPUT on the TV, one that you can access with your remote.
    Don't feel badly if you are confused. I teach multi-media presentation techniques, and I have seen speakers absolutely destroyed because they cannot access the correct input on their LCD screens. The audience sits and waits while they fumble.
    Needless complexity and inadequate documentation.,

  • Arthur Aldrich
    Arthur Aldrich Jan 09, 2009

    Wow! You think you had problems before?
    Dubbing (or copying) VHS to DVD and vice-versa in a single unit is difficult at times.
    These units are equipped with chips that detect copy-protected material, such as Netflix and other movies, and PREVENT copying. A message will appear saying something like "copying not permitted."
    I have even had that happen when copying my own, non-protected discs.
    Here's how to go about copying from one format to another - DVD-VHS or VHS-DVD
    Let's say you want to copy a VHS to a DVD, something I do a lot of nowadays.
    Put the VHS in one side of the unit, and a blank DVD in the other.
    DVDs come in various formats, some are marked +R, some -R. Be sure to find out what format your machine requires. The best news is that your machine will accept + or -. I only use -R  discs, which seem to be compatible with more players.
    You will have to be able to view the on-screen menu as you continue.
    On your remote select "dubbing" as an option. Also you will have to select either VCR or DVD as your source. Your menu will ask "copy VHS to DVD?" and you will have to hit "OK" or a similar control.
    Unfortunately, all the machines are different. I have a Phillips, two Panasonics and a number of other brands of DVD recorders, and the dubbing process is different for each one.
    Some DVD recorders will ask you to initialize your blank disc. Follow the on-screen messages.
    After you have "dubbed" your VHS to DVD, you will have to finalize it, to make the DVD playable on other machines.
    Go to " disc menu"  or  "top menu" on your remote and scroll through the choices until you find the "finalize" option.
    Follow the instructions by using the arrows and "OK" button.
    Finalizing will take 4-5 minutes.


    Dubbing from a DVD to VHS is much easier. No initializing or finalizing or required.
    The DVD finalizing menu also allows you to enter a title for your disc, which is displayed when you re-play it. You have to enter the letters and spaces one at a time on the remote, using the arrows to scroll through an alphabet.


    All this very intimidating, confusing and frustrating, but it can be done.
    The equipment is designed by geeks for geeks, not consumers like you and I. The manuals are incomprehensible, and the "customer support" telephone line is answered by people who barely speak English in India or Outer Mongolia.


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