Connecting new Sony DVD player to a TV, VCR, & Comcast cable box
Cannot get a new Sony DVD player to play in a set up in which a Comcast cable connection runs through a cable receiver box connected to a Magnavox VCR connected to a Magnavox TV. It doesn't matter which device the DVD player is plugged in to, no image or sound is produced by the DVD player. Any suggestions?
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Not if the unit itself still works; that is, it still plays videotapes and DVDs (with picture and sound).
Check your TV, you may have the wrong input selected for your unit (and/or other connected devices), or the TV is on the wrong channel; hence why you can't see anything from the VCR.
As for the ComCast box, give them a call and ask about it - quote the box number, and ask if it is digital or analogue - if it is the latter, they should replace the box free of charge as part of your cable subscription.
You do not need a new combo unit, unless you want one later which has a digital tuner. All it means is that you have no analogue TV channels in your combo unit.
Your dvd recorder only has rca, red white yellow inputs it wont allow you to record in HD, although you can play your comcast box any hd, regular digital through and record. Hook up the comcast box if HD through preferably HDMI if not get one from comcast. The HD box is the only box that allow HDMI, component and regular RCA and some RF out. This way you can play HD to your set but also record through RCA or RF again will not allow for HD record unless its TiVo. Hope this helps
There are a fews ways of accomplishing this.
It sounds like you may reversed your cable connections. Lets try these steps.
On the back of your cable box and your Go video VCR/DVD there are two coxial connections an (OUT) and an (IN):
Step 1. Connect the coxial cable from Comcast to the (IN) connection on the back of the cable box.
Step 2. Connect one end of a spare coxial cable to the (OUT) connection on the back of the cable box.
Step 3. Connect the other end to the (IN) connection on the back of your GO Video box..
Step 4. Connect one end of another spare coxial cable to the (OUT) connection on the back of your Go Video Box.
Step 5. Connect the other end of the Coxial cable to the back of your TV.
Most likely you have the dvd part connected through component or svideo cables. Despite the fact that this is one unit, like other vcr/dvd combo units it acts as two separate units in the same box. The vcr will probably not play through those cables. As you have audio coming through I'd imagine that the audio is connected using red and white composite cable. Connect the video on the vcr side with composite yellow cable or run direct to tv with a coaxial cable.
1st, see if you can get another cable box that offers component as well as RCA outputs on the back. Does your cable box have S Video out and does your toshiba have S Video in? If so, hook up the S Video from cable box to Toshiba. Then hook up R&W audio from Cable Box out to Toshiba In. Set the channel on the cable box to what you want to record. Set Toshiba to record channel 3 or 4, whichever your Toshiba is set on. The cable box controls the channel you are recording. You cannot set the recorder to the channel you want to record. It must be either 3 or 4. Try it. If everything else fails, you have to go cable from wall to cable in on cable box, cable out on cable box to cable in on Toshiba then either cable or RCA out on Toshiba to TV.
you can try going from the wall to the dvd/vcr first then to the cable box then to the TV.
It may find the channels but they might not be in the order you usually wouls see them i.e chan 4 may be chan 34 etc.
this will only work on an analog connection, if you have digital cable box it will not work.
other than that, you have to control everythng from the cable box and the dvd remains on chan 3 at all times.