The closest model to the subject one above is the V401. There is no mechanism on the back of the VCR to change the channel 3 to 4 so I can hook up to my television. I tried manually changing the channel on the VCR to 4, but it reverts back to chanel 3. Without being able to use channel 4, I am unable to get the VCR to work with my TV. The particular model I have is dated 2001. I am assuming that channel 3 is somehow internally programmed. Can anyone help--other than purchasing a new VCR?
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In most VCRs, as you have posted, there is a switch at the back where you can select the output to either Ch 3 or 4. In some cases, the switch is deep inside and you have to remove a small squarish rubber covering to expose the hole. It is normally close to the antenna input/output. More often than not it is a simple sliding 2 position switch. You would need any tool that can reach and sturdy enough to slide the switch.
Internally program output channel selector is very possible, I would guess that its selectable via the menu set-up tabs.
A question pls, How did you "I tried to manually change the channel to 4, but the VCR reverted back to channel 3..."
Hope this be of some help to you. Pls post again how things turn up or further information. Good luck and kind regards.
1 Press POWER to turn the power off.
2 Press TV/VCR, current VCR Output Channel will appear on the LCD display.
3 Each time TV/VCR is pressed for 2 seconds, the LCD display changes as follow
clock press tv/vcr RF3 2 secondes later RF4.
• VCR Output Channel is automatically set during EZ Set Up.
1. If Channel 3 (or 4) is an active broadcast channel in your area, the Channel 4 (or 3) will be set.
2. If both channel are the active channel or none active channel, the VCR Output Channel will be set to Channel 3.
• Cancelled the EZ Set Up by pressing POWER during EZ Set Up before setting the Output Channel.
• VCR Output Channel will not change to previous VCR Output Channel if TV/VCR is pressed continuosly for more than 2
If you're referring to programming your VCR for recording, that works just like it did before the cable box was installed, but with two major differences.
The first difference is that the VCR must always be programmed to record on the converter box output channel. Usually this is channel 3, but may also be channel 4. The cable box selects the channel from the cable system, but it's always outputting to your TV on the same channel. That channel is what the VCR needs to record from.
The second change to programmed recording is that you can't program your VCR to record programs on different channels. The reason is because, as mentioned above, the VCR is actually recording from the cable box which is always on the same output channel. Unless you are home to change the channel on the box, you're stuck. For example, if you want to record a show at 10PM on channel 8 and another at 11 on channel 26, those are the cable channel numbers. The box output is channel 3 (or 4) in both cases. The VCR can't switch the box for you. It's only going to record the program on the channel you selected before you left home. You also need to leave the cable box turned on, but the TV can be off. This is probably the thing most people find confusing about dealing with a cable box.
Now having said all that, some brands of cable box do include a timer feature of their own that allows you to program the box to switch channels. This feature is used in conjunction with timer recording on the VCR. You still always program the VCR to record on channel 3 (4), but now the box can be programmed as well to switch to the channel on the system you want to record. This allows you to get around the limitation described above. If your box offers this feature, it will be accessed through its setup menu using the remote control. Ask your cable company if this is available if it's not clear from the setup menus or instructions the installer left you with.
There is a switch [tv-vcr] somewere in the front.When pressed to tv, you can change the channels FROM the vcr.You will need an "air wave" ANTENNA signal because the cable box individual channels cannot be seen when you place the switch to tv.Now if you have a cable box connected properly and turn that tv-vcr switch to vcr the individual CABLE BOX CHANNELS will show through the vcr.
p.s. There is a small switch (someware in the back of the vcr & the back of the cable box,dish box, etc., etc.) ch.3 or ch.4 and the VCR have to be on the same INPUT channel as the box.
Try changing the channels on the VCR itself. If you can do that, then it would indicate a problem with the VCR's remote. If you are still unable to change channels on the VCR manually, it could indicate a circuitry problem, for which you will have to get the VCR serviced.
If you have a cable box connected now, leave the VCR on channel 3 all the time and use the channels from the cable box.
The way this should be connected is cable in to cable box and cable out to VCR, VCR output to TV IN.
Hope this works for you.