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Re: Recording one cable channel, watching another
Initialy this option is posible when we work with separate sets.
When the manufacture build-in a VCR into a TV or a TV to a VCR (applies too) we have a "clone" and funtions are share each other, so this clone only have one tuner and is not able to manage two signals at the same time.
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The converter box receives hte digital signals and converts them into either channel 3 or 4, or into direct video (red,white,yel). The output of the converter box must go into the VCR input for recording to work. Before the conversion, the tuner of hte VCR would receive the RF signal the same as the TV. The tuner inside the VCR is an analog tuner not digital, so it needs the conversion too. Most converters will provide both the A/V signal (R/Wh/Y) and RF (coax connector).
DVD has AV out pins at rear, hook AV cable between DVD player out and TV AV input (yellow-red-white RCA pins) and select that AV input in TV by remote that you hooked DVD. That will switch TV to that input and TV will show you DVD player picture.
The channel you use depends on how you have the vcr/dvd player wired to it. If you used a co-axial wire, then your tv should be on channel 3. If you used RCA wires, then you will have a button, either on the front of the tv, on the remote, or both that says "input" or "source". Pressing this will change the TV to the rca connectors. Try this and let me know if it helps :)
Unfortunately you would need a second digital cable tuner to do what you are trying to do. The digital tuner only outputs one channel at a time, selected by that box, so you can only record or watch that one channel at a time.
(1). Go to dollar store buy 4in1 remote control has all codes for all tvs cost $5.00 also you can enter menu on front of tv press menu button on front of tv when menu comes up use your channel up and channel down for up&down menu -- use vol- & vol+ to change settings
Based on your post/description, it would appear that the TV tuner of the RCA is at fault. Chances are the the VHF Low is not working right but the VHF High is. This is an inshop repair probably requiring component replacement. You may want to confirm by checking your TV's setup in the menu, you should have Cable selected instead of Air or STd and do a Memory + (scan and add channels). If still a no go, then back to the tuner suspect.
The VCR will not display any movie since it normally transmits in Channel 3 (which is VHF Low). If there are no other problem with the VCR then you might still be able to use it by connection it to the A/V inputs of the TV.
If the VCR works in A/V mode, then perhaps you may want to save the repair expense of the RCA TV and use the tuner of the VCR to watch TV and switch channels.
Post back should you need additional information.
Good luck and kind regards.