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I hooked up my Mom's DTV converter last weekend and she also has a DVD/VCR combo. I followed the directions. She has an indoor antenna. The problems are, we cannot get channel 5 (NBC) and she cannot record any programs on the VCR. They come in either black and white or fuzzy. The pictures on reg. TV are now clear with the converter. My mom lives in Redmond, Wa and is 80 yrs old. Do I need to find a new DVD recorder as hers is several years old and what about the one channel?

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  • pamterry Jan 15, 2009

    I know that her DVD works properly but is it compatable with the DTV converter?? As I said it's a DVD/VCR. I need to know if I need more hook ups like the red,green,yellow video plugs too? Plus I did rescan and it still didn't pick up the nbc channel.

  • pamterry Jan 15, 2009

    I did hook up the VCR correctly, at least according to the direction on the DTV converter. Would it be a good idea to get a different indoor antenna? Or Cable TV?

  • pamterry Jan 15, 2009

    More helpful than any other info I have found.

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The converters need a stronger signal than the regular tv. More than likely as askmee stated previously .. Channel 5 just isn't cutting it yet.

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    If al lyou are using is the "rabbit ears" .. a better antenna may help but if you are opting for cable .. you wont need the converter

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Find out if channel 5 has gone digital yet

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New DVD recorder would be fine as VCR got sync problem being an old unit. Few channels transmit signal with guard-band and this special guard-band signal make VCR unable to record on VHS.

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Channel 5 you can not get maybe the signal is not strong enpough for indor antenna, that is why converter just scips it. How you do you have VCR hooked. You must to connect it either after converter trough antenna, or using AV in/out on TV ore converter
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If the dvd recorder is faulty .replace it after checking also scan again all the channels to get the particular missing channel.

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