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Sharp VCR hooked up to cable tv, i/p to vcr then out to tv.

The VCR comes on but does not tune the channel in that was programmed on the timer, when you play the recorded tape it is a blue screen.

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I believe that I have the solution to that problem... When you are hooked up to cable or dish and use a VCR, you MUST have the program you wish to tape playing on the Cable or dish program, therefore the VCR needs to be tuned to channel 3 or 4 {whichever is the unused channel in your area) I believe that all you have to do is make sure that the TV is tuned to the channel you wish to tape and program the VCR to Channel 3 (at my area) or channel 4.

I hope this works for you. I have VCRs hooked up to all my sets and this is how mine work.
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Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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