I try to record a certain channel and it will not record without a snowy picture, yet when you watch the channel live it is clear. This would be channel 41, which is well within the ability of the VCR. If you set the VCR up to record back to back on 2 different channels I.E. channel 6 then channel 41 the first will be clear but the 2nd (41) will be all snowy with the picture barely visible. Or set up channel 41 by itself it will be snowy. What is going on?
Re: Snowy picture on VCR with only certain channels
The problem is definitely in the VCR because you ruled out a cable fault with the clear picture on the TV. If you know how to solder and aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, open it up and find the part number on the tuner then go over to a place like MCM or MAT Electronics and find a replacement. It'll probably run about $30.
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Re: Snowy picture on VCR with only certain channels
In all likelyhood, you have a bad ground somewhere in the cable. Try other channels through the VCR. If the ground is the problem, there will be a cluster of channels that are snowy with the rest being clear. Check the cable itself and all of the connectors along it.
If the cable and connectors are good, the tuner or power supply of the VCR could be faulty and cause this as well.
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I assume you try to watch cable TV without box? Unfortunately some time ago government passed the law that cable companies are not longer required to provide basic programing in Clear QAM. Which basically means no free basic channels from cable company. Only way now is to get free channels is to use over the air OTA antenna. On most cable providers in USA you are not going to receive any channels without box. This is reason for "snowy" picture.
Hi, Unfortunately I am a bit unclear on the snowy sound issue but what your describing otherwise sounds like you are trying to watch tv via the dvd recorders built in t.v. tuner, this is possible usually just with a coaxial connection. ( a cable tv cord ) The out to t.v. terminal on back of recorder must be connected to the in from ant./cable on the back of the tv set. all other connections are for higher definition playback. Thanks for trying FixYa, I hope this helps, and good kuck-Prodzilla
With your setup, the VCR gets its input from the cable box output, which will be on either channel 3 or 4. It depends on how you've set the box. The channel you are watching on TV or want to record is picked on the cable box.
The VCR will only ever see a channel 3 or 4 signal, so it must stay on that channel. That means when you record, set the VCR to record on channel 3 or 4, the box OUTPUT channel. The biggest mistake people make when they have a cable box is to set the VCR to record on some channel other than 3 or 4, and the result is snow. There's nothing on any other channel for the VCR to record. You also need to have the cable box turned on and set to the channel you want to record if you set the VCR for timer recording. That's another pitfall people meet.
I would be inclined to say that there are only two likely problems that you may be encountering. Either you are getting a bad signal feed, or the connectors on the cable are getting old and need replaced. The connection to the cable can break down over time, especially if they have been connected and reconnected several times. I cannot rule out problems caused by the transition to DTV, but that doesnt seem likely if there are only a few channels affected. As far as "selective failure" of the VCR's built-in tuner, I would say that that is also a very unlikely source for the problem If the tuning components inside the tuner had gone out, I would expect to see a problem on all channels watched through the system. If you are having this problem on all channels of the sony, then the tuner could surely be the problem, but if you haven't used it much that would indicate a problem at manufacturing, however since at least one of the machines is working fine on some channels and not on all of them, I would suspect the connections or the signal from your cable company. Contact them first ands see if they are having signal issues, if not try replacing your connectors.
If you are on cable, first run the cable wire from the wall directly to the TV, eliminating any cable box and/or VCR. If channel 2 is snowy but the rest (especially 3-6) are clear, it is most certainly a cable problem and not a TV problem. The TV uses the exact same circuits for channel 2 to 6 (VHF-LOW) so if the tuner was bad and 2 was snowy, 3, 4, 5 and 6 would be snowy too. Bring a second TV into that room, disconnect the cable wire from the RCA and connect it to the second TV. Is channel 2 on the second TV as snowy as it was on the RCA?