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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.
all appliances made in the last forty years have a polarized power cord.
One pin on power plug is small and other larger--the larger goes to the neutral side of the electrical outlet.
If you get sparks when you hook up the coax to the cable fitting--only one of two possible reasons.
Either the polarized cord has been defeated (plug modified) or the outlet you are plugged into is not wired right.
Understand--it does not have to be at the set you are using---if somewhere else in you home a cord is defeated or an outlet is bad--it will feed the problem via the coax to every other set in the home connected to the same line.
What you are seeing if you get sparks is the coax fitting has 120 volts AC getting to it either by the coax or from the power outlet--
The easy way to find this is disconnect all coax connectors in the home and with a voltmeter hooked to a earth ground (like a ground rod or pipe made of metal) measure for AC voltage to the coax.
THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION-BE VERY CAREFUL--
If even one set or outlet is bad it will feed this via the coax to all sets in the home---I have seen this before-yes it can destroy a TV! but it can also hurt or kill someone--this is the reason all power cords are now polarized.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ASK ME--IF IN DOUBT HAVE AN ELECTRICAL EXPERT CHECK THE WIRING AND MEASURE FOR AC VOLTAGE TO THE CABLE--ac voltage can kill--it is the same as connecting a wall outlet to the exposed areas of the set.
This is the way you are going to want to do this. Hook up the cable to the back of the tv on the back of your tv there should be an optical out use this to your receiver and then you will have audio throughout. If this doesn't work I will need specific models so I know what components we have
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.