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DVD and the new converter box

I hooked up my converter box (still use antenna) and it works fine, but now cannot access my dvd player. The yellow-white-red cables are hooked up correctly from my DVD player to the box. Help!

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Lorrie47, Need more info to help you. YRU trying to connect any A//V cables to the HDConverterbox to your DVD player? Can you plug the DVD player into the widescreen HDTVset or do you have old NTSC TV set like I do? I haven't even been to Circuit City, Sam's Club, or BestBuy to see what kinds of connectors are on those HD Tuner/Converter Boxes. Is the converter box u have equipted w/yellow(video), red(right), White(left) analog signal in's and out's? If the new HDTVconverter box has BASEBAND in's and out's then the installation/owners manual should have directions for their proper use. In any case you need to be more specific on what you are trying to accomplish. Tell me, does TV set stay on channel 3 , and never ever changed to chan22 or 51 or 8. Its always set to ch3?
Is it possible that maybe TV set has baseband (yellow,red,white) in's and out's on rear of cabinet? Now here are some rules to follow. Outputs must go to inputs. and colors must match. I assume that the HDTV tuner/converter box has a infrared remote control to do channel change and vol/up/dn and possiblly other things like switching of sources. does the manual say anything about AUX A/V inputs that can be used? Hpoe this has been of some use to U. I'm Louie12fix can be emailed @ this:
lmistyrel @ aol.com north of Chicago

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