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Motorola VIP1216 DVR and Sony VRD-MC5 Connections for Recording?

I just bought the Sony VRD-MC5 dvd recorder and hooked it up to the DVR (Motorola VIP1216). I've tried to use the existing settings from my old Sony VRD-VC20 (that thing was extemely temperamental...).

I read through the manuals for both Sony and Motorola. Sony "claims" that I can record from a DVR but I keep getting the "waiting for signal" in the little window of the dvd recorder. I CAN record "live" television but I CANNOT record anything previously recorded in the DVR.

Also tried about every setting possible: S-Video, S-Video with Audio, Audio and Video only, and keep getting the "waiting for signal" information.

Am hoping someone else has encountered the same problem. Thanks for your help! Best...

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    Tom Hennessy Mar 21, 2009

    My Sony VRD-MC5 will not record from anything, not my DVR, not my VHS tape player. When I start the VHS player I see it play in the MC5 monitor screen but when I hit RECORD it says WAITING INPUT SIGNAL. 

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I have the same problem currently. I have successfully recorded to the Sony CM5 in the past from my DVR, but no longer can. I have Comcast and wonder if they have changed the DVR firmware and blocked output. Also some broadcasts have something in the signal to stop recording. I got half of my program done, and can't record the rest on DVD. I will try to DVR local news, then record to the Sony, to see if it's a signal issue or something with the Sony. I haven't tried to record from a VCR.

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  • Mary Lozano Jun 11, 2013

    I can record the local news on my Sony MC5, but I can no longer record videos as I once did. All I get on the display is "Waiting for signal," which lasts for half an hour. I did everything recommended on the manual with no success.

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