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VCR I have all the Jacks hooked up in the right places- video and audio out on the VCR, and in on the TV. My tapes work, and the VCR plays them, but the TV doesn't play them- nor does it even aknowledge the VCR. I have the channel set on 3 on the VCR and the TV. I can't find my owner's manuel- I wanted to check and see if there's some goofy step I'm forgetting. Please help!

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  • JRK9574 Aug 20, 2007

    Thanks! I actually found out what it was- I had to press GAME on the remote- and then it worked! I didn't know that worked like an input button. Thanks though!




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Hi, Based on your post/description, you have to set your TV to AV (Audio/Video) and not on Ch.3. Hopes this work out for you. Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007

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    Louie Role Aug 20, 2007

    Hi again,
    If you want to use Ch. 3 of your TV, you need not connect the audio/video output of your VCR to the audio/video input of the TV but rather an RF cord from the RF out of the VCR to the Ant/Cable In of your TV. Your aerial or cable then will have to be connected to the RF in of your VCR.



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