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Can't set this thing up

I don't have a remote and I can't get it to show a picture. I have the cable to the satalite box the box to the recorder and the recorder to the tv. It won't show a picture and when I hit record it does nothing. It plays but no picture. I think it should have been returned to the store.

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I have the same model and it works wonderful, but you need the remote control to record.  connect cable from video out on recorder to video in on you tv. at least you'll be able to play the dvd.  If this doesn't work it's because you need the remote to set the date and time features.

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I got a magnavox dvd recorder and 4 head hi-fi stereo vcr and im having trouble with hooking it up to my cable box how do i record shows on my recorder without switching inputs on my tv because i switch...

Don't hook the DVD/VCR recorder through ur cable box.Hook the DVD/VCR recorder through ur tv only it should work find.This way each units have it own direct functions to the tv.U recording the shows from the tv not the cable box ok.

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Cannot get picture/menu on screen!


The Sony recorder is connected to the TV via the RCA cables (for both audio and video)? How many inputs does your TV have? One cable input and one RCA line in (making a total of two? Did you eliminate the possibility that the recorder might be defective by trying it on another TV?

Dec 25, 2007 | Sony RDR-VX555

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I have a Philips DVDR 3575H. using Comcast's

Try this set up-

Use an RCA audio/video cable for this set up (Yellow/Red/White).

Connect from the Video out (Yellow) connection on the back of the cable box to the Video in on the back of the DVR.

Connect the audio (Red/White) cables from audio out connection on the back of the cable box to the "Audio in" on the back of the DVR.

This should still get you a decent picture but not a true HD picture for your recordings.

When you set the timer to record set it to record either E1 or E2 depending on which input you connected the cable box to and ensure that the cable box is tuned to the channel you wish to record.

*** NOTE: If you keep the HDMI cable connected as you have for the cable box and watch normal TV through the HDMI input on the TV you will get HD programming for your general viewing but still have the option to record with the DVR at a lower quality. ***

Good Luck and please rate this solution....

Jan 07, 2010 | Philips DVDR3575H/37

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Would like to record from my tv to my magnavox dvd/vcr combo box

If I understand your request right, You do not have cable or satellite box.
You can not record from your TV. You use the TV as a monitor from the dvd/vcr combo box. What the box receives is what shows on the TV. So you will have to have a digital convertor hooked to the (antenna in) dvd/vcr combo box, (antenna out to the tv antenna in) Depending on the antenna you are using that is on the other end of your cable-in coax connection this will hook to your antenna in on the digital convertor box. If your cable is hooked up and operating correctly and directly to the tv that is digital ready you probabbly have a good picture. When the vhf/uhf signal was transmitted you could go from the dvd/vcr to the tv with no problem. But now that the signal is digital and the tv is set for digital the dvd/vcr will not pass a digital signal to the tv. Best suggestion, you have to get a digital dvd/vcr receiver. If you have more question please contact me.


Jul 25, 2009 | Philips Magnavox DVD/VCR Dual Player

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TV & DVD HookUp (No Box) Can't get picture

As far as I know, my Go Video machine when there was no box involved...

The cable came from the wall to the IN of the Go Video box. Then another cable coming from the OUT of the video box and to the IN to the TV. TV should be on channel 3. As far as I can remember, I don't need to push the TV/VCR button, but instead, have to channel down to below channel 2 on the TV to the LINE/INPUT selection. Once you go there, and the Go-Video machine is on, you should be able to see a clear picture.

You'll push the TV/VCR button if you want to toggle back and forth from the VCR picture to the TV picture (which will be technically blank since it's on the 'line input selection.)

Hope that helps.

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Recording with comcast hd box and toshiba VCR/DVD

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.

Jan 17, 2009 | Toshiba DVR610 DVD Recorder/VCR

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I cannot program the vcr to record i just do not know how to I can play tapes or wath the disk but cannot recore

make sure the tv is on channel 3, and the vcr also on channel 3 -if trying to record from cable or satalite. then make sure tape is rewound all the way. do a test by hitting record on vcr. let it record for a few minutes. rewind it, then just hit play. Dont change any channels until you are ready to record the program of choice. After this test. And recording is successful. Rewind the tape again. And change the channel to your choice. Hit record at time of or go into menu of your vcr and set up a time to record shows.

Jan 04, 2009 | Symphonic WV806 DVD Player/VCR

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trying to record on it. if your tv had an output video try to connect it there do not connect the cable to the input of the tv.
should be tv output to the dvd recorder input.

Feb 23, 2008 | JVC HR-XVS30 DVD Player/VCR

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Trying to record off DVR

I feel sorry for anyone who bought this piece of junk.

Nothing but problems. Flashes in recordings when constrast and scenes change. Black and white picture when it goes nuts and very often distorted or NO sound forcing you to stop and resume. Subtitles start automatically on every disc you put in, very annoying. Sony DVD remotes don't work at all on this box, which is also frustrating if you have kids and the original remote is often missing.

I am embarrassed to own this. I misread the box thinking it had component inputs for recoding. Not HD I thought...but component is definitely acceptable. To my horror there was only composite (Yellow Red White inputs)!. It's purposely designed this way so you can't get good quality recordings. In other words whatever you connect to the YRW is going to come out VHS lousy quality on your nice set.

This is like buying a cassette player to record your CD collection. I copied a couple shows for the kids and the poor quality and strobing backgrounds were too much to stomach on my Sony HDTV. The HDMI upscaling did NOTHING to improve the picture quality. I try them both separately and then together and toggled between both inputs and while there were some color shifts there was no difference in detail. I have many years in Photoshop so I knew what I was looking for.

The upscaled image actually looked worse than the original.

The only GOOD thing about this recorder is that it has a decent laser. It plays scratched discs that I know hung up the old player and goes through the rough spots without a single skip.

It also plays DVDR's that only played on the computer before.

The Jpeg slide feature is not impressive and the times I've tried to show I was reluctant to make anyone wait around while I fumbled around with the clumsy controls.

There are some overseas Sony models that have built in digital tuner, hard drive AND dvd burner with HDMI input so you can record right off the cable or digital channel and store it and later burn to a DVD and not loose any quality.

By the time US models have any decent capability we will have moved on to some other format.

It's the same for DVD burners. The 8.5 GB disks are still +$3/ea. even though the burners have been out five years or more!

Buy yourself an HD recorder and standard DVD player.

Make sure you read the box a couple times since "near HD quality" is often touted since it's most likely Component In instead of HDMI In. Check outside of the US for the best boxes. Also keep in mind how much storage HQ you can hold. The early models only hold 30 Hrs.

Dec 16, 2007 | Sony RDR-GX355

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Can't get it to record

if your cable box is digital it should have the yellow, white, red rca jacks in the back run those to the rear a/v input on your recorder then cycle through the input switch on the remote until you see the picture. (i have the same model i hope you have better luck with yours...i can't record on any new 4x or slower +rw disc i had mine since 2006 i should've got a sony!)

Nov 02, 2007 | GoVideo R6640 DVD Recorder

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