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Assume no signal u mean no digital tv ?and what looses time and channel?do u recieve tv broadcasts via a box or is it built in?if u can recieve channels via dvd recorder i would assume where ever it gets them from needs to be connected to tv also.u dont say if its hdmi leads.scart or coax rf type.more info please
Do you want to still be able to use that trusty ol' VCR to be able to record your TV shows but can't seem to do so now that you have gotten a Cable Box? Well here are some simple tips on how to connect all the components and not compromise the quality of the incoming signal of the cable signal feed.
First here are the cables you will need. 3 sections of Coax cable (preferably RG-6 quality)
Now here is how you will need to hook up the cables properly. 1) Connect one Coax cable to the incoming cable signal feed. Usually a screw on connector on the wall or line coming up through the floor. Now connect the other end of this cable to the "Cable in" or "Input" located on the Cable box.
2) Now, connect one end of another Coax Cable to the "TO TV" or "OUTPUT" on the back of the Cable Box. Now connect the other end of this cable to the "CABLE/ANT IN" or "INPUT" connection on the back of the VCR.
3) Now, connect the last coax line from the "TO TV" or "OUTPUT" on the back of the VCR. Now connect the other end of this cable to the "Cable IN" on the back of the TV.
***** ALTERNATIVE OPTION FOR THIS FINAL CONNECTION******
Using the RCA cable connect to the "VIDEO OUT" RCA connections on the back of the VCR and connect the other end of this cable to the "VIDEO IN" on the back of the TV.
Now this is how you will need to set your VCR and Cable box to make your recording.
1) Tune your VCR to Channel 3 or set your timer to record Channel 3. (The actual channel you are going to be recording is controlled by the Cable Box)
2) Tune your cable box to the channel you wish to record. *** Note: Some cable boxes have an auto tune feature that will tune your cable box to a channel while you gone. Contact your cable provider to see if this is available on the model that you have***
You may have a loose connection from your TV 2 feed. You can check the cables on the back of the receiver to make sure they are secure. Depending upon your installation, you could have 1 or 2 separators back feeding your TV 2 from the receiver to your TV 2. In the center of the receiver you have your TV 2 coax port. From that TV 2 port, check all points of connections to make sure the cables are secure and tight. If this doesn't resolve the issue, you may have a bad connector or switch, which would require a technician to repair. I hope this helps.
You can't directly connect any cable connections to a computer monitor. You will either have to connect the cable box to a network router or to your computer tower via stantard Ethernet cables if this is for Internet usage.
If you are trying to connect this for viewing "Cable/TV" content, then you would have to have some kind of TV card installed and connect the coax/antenna cable to that connection.
This set was made before it was required to have digital tuning built in. You would need a digital converter box if you want off-the-air reception. (The federal program at www.dtv2009.gov that is giving $40 coupons toward purchasing a converter is out of money right now and is only putting people on a waiting list. It also looks like the changeover to digital is going to be delayed again, so you might not need to worry about it for a while longer.)
the avr-588 apparently cannot carry sound via hdmi - don't know why; just what i found out from the geek squad at best buy; solved the problem by connecting optical cable from cable box to receiver; be sure to change the input on the receiver for opt-2 (system setup >2 inputs) to correlate with tv
judging by the year, this set should definitely be cable ready. check the front of the tv if it has a control panel for a switch that says catv/normal or something similar, if it does not have that switch, check the settings via the remote.
the channel a connector may require an adapter depending on the type of connector. i had an old tv that required an adapter in order to plug the cable coax into it, it resembled an rca connector and is used on some older tv's in place of a screw on connector.
if all else fails, your cable company should be able to provide you with a tuner/converter for free or minimal charge.