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VCR will not record with new digital cable box

I recently switched from analog cable to digital cable. A digital box was installed and now my VCR will not record. The digital box has to be on channel 4 and my VCR has to be on channel 3. My cable comes in thru the digital and the into the VCR. Is there anyway to correct this. There is no switch in the back of the VCR to change the channel. Thanks

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  • Jenn Ellis May 11, 2010

    OK. Are you saying that if you only had a digital box, the TV connected to it would have to be tuned to Channel 4? And if you used only a VCR, the TV connected to the VCR would have to be tuned to Channel 3?

    If that is the case, then set the VCR's own TV-channel tuner to Channel 4 and your TV's tuner to Channel 3. Let me know if this works. I have a similar setup and it does work, once you get the settings right.

    I am assuming that the digital cable box is connected to the VCR via a regular coaxial cable, like the one that comes out of the wall. If you are using some other cable, the settings on the VCR will have to be adjusted.

  • My reply is May 11, 2010

    Is your VCR connected to the digital box via a scart cable?

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The short and simple solution is to tune the VCR to the channel that the cable box is set to (4), and then tune teh TV to the VCR's output channel (3). If you do this you should be able to see the Cable channel through the VCR tuner and then record. Any other solution would require figuring out how to set both the VCR and the cable box to the same channel, but it sounds as if you have ruled out any possibility of being able to do that.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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Comcast is full of it.

If you have a cable box, plug the box directly into the cable feed, then place the VCR inline between the cable and the TV. Leave the VCR on Channel 3 or 4 and use the box to select the channel. You could also use the video and audio out lines from the box and run them to the VCR.

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SOURCE: VCR won't record

Hi Pat and Mary Jo,

It sounds like your VCR might be trying to record your line input instead of the TV channels and would explain a completely black recording.

The line input is where would connect a camcorder or another VCR, where you would play on one machine and record on your VCR.

Some models have a slide switch on the front that selects the input. Others let you select it from a menu option. Still others automatically select it when the appropriate cables are inserted into the line in connectors.

Let me know if that was it or not. Thanks,

-Vince

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