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When I try to record a VHS tape by any method an error message appears stating 'The capture device could not be initialized check the device settings' how do I do this ? Regards, Comus

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  • Wellspring
    Wellspring May 11, 2010

    How do you have your VCR configured to attach to your computer? What hardware are you using to connect the two? What software are you using to record from the VCR? Are you recording to your hard drive or straight to DVD?

  • John Elliott
    John Elliott May 11, 2010

    What model of capture device are you using?


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What type of product are we talking about? what is the name of the device you are using to try and capture VHS?

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