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I have 2 DTV converter boxes - one for TV and one for VCR. The wiring is exactly as prescribed by manuals and FCC. VCR does NOT record programs from TV - altho it plays back pre-recorded tapes OK. I have all switches on Channel 3 - TV & its box, VCR & its box. Picture is snowy or non-existent on TV when trying to playback VCR recordings. Help.

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  • oyjane Mar 10, 2009

    Yes - both boxes connected to Sony TV. 

  • oyjane Mar 10, 2009

    Sorry, Lone99star: we needed 2 converter boxes so we could watch one channel & record a different channel at same time. Thanks for quick response, but it does not solve problem. 

  • Jason Morris May 11, 2010

    Do you have both boxes connected to the same tv?

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Use only one box.
Connection should be:::Video Source(cable, antenne) connected to converter box:::::Converter box connected to VCR:::VCR connected to TV.
Try this connection and let me know how it goes.
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Lone99star

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

  • Jason Morris Mar 10, 2009

    Can you explain connection setup.


    Which inputs are the devices connected to. In what order do you have the devices.


    Antenna to Converter to TV(which input?)


    Antenna to Converter to VCR(which input?)


    Are you using PIP to select channel to record?


    This is a very interesting problem, I have been working with the digital conversion for several months and although I have seen this problem before, it was with two different signal sources(cable/antenna). I am anxious to resolve this in case I run into it again.


    BTW the rating system here is confusing and needs modification. The work I do here is on a voluntary basis and the only compensation I receive is the pride in a good overall rating and the knowing I am helping people. Please reconsider your rating of my solution and change it. Im sure the rating was not intended to hurt me for trying to help you.


    I look forward to your reply.


    Lone99star

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