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Dvdirect signal missing

I am getting a no input signal message when i hook up to the side input terminals of my flat screen tv (with the tv on) as a result i cannot record. the record light on the dvdirect comes on and goes off because it is waiting for the input signal which never comes.

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2008

    I have the same problem when connecting to the TV. I am connected to the output connections on the TV and the input connections on the recorder.

  • fyrfytr9 May 07, 2008

    No input signal. New unit, new AV cables. Tried on tv/vcr combo and into a vcr.

  • MikeGryn Jun 14, 2008

    brand new unit (Sony VDRD-MC5). hooked up to my DirecTv TIvo (DVR) receiver and successfully transfered 2 saved programs to 2 DVD-Rs. Attempted to make another transfer from the DVR and it said "Waiting for Signal Input"...i re-checked everything....everything was fine. Still not working correctly.

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2008

    I have the same prob Any solutions

  • rbsmoore Jul 21, 2008

    Have the MC5 connected to the OUTPUT ports of my cable DVR. I have sucessfully recorded 2 shows to dvd. The 3rd show (a movie) would show up on the screen of the MC5, but when I depressed record it wou8ld either display "waiting for signal and the screen go blank, or it would record 2 or 3 seconds then go blank with the same "waiting for signal message. If I depress stop it returns to the previous screen and the show I'm recording shows up on the monitor.

    Very expensive toy to not work. Plese help.


  • Benio Nov 03, 2008

    I have just bought this device and have exactly the same problem.
    I succeeded for some videos but others I have "No input signal" message, therefore I could not dub the whole show.
    It is very frustrating.

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    I have the same problem with my new Sony DVDirect. It copied some movies successfully and others I received the "Waiting for Input Signal."

    I experimented with a few Disney VHS movies. I was able to successfully copy some non-Disney movies fromthe early 70's that I had recorded to VHS, onto the DVDirect. When it came to the Disney VHS movies, I was unable to copy (they normally contain copyright protection technology).

    I agree with Mike. If the DVDirect detects copyguard technology, it will not record. You will receive the "Waiting for Input Signal."



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In my case...DVDirect may have been detecting some sort of copyguard (copy protection) ....not sure.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008


Pls remember folks that the unit is a recording unit, therefore it requires a signal coming into the unit input from the OUT source unit you are recording from.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008


You need to connect a TV out connection (if your TV has one, check your TV specs/manual) like a Scart socket to the DVDirect input connections. Also check DVDirect has the correct input selected via its menu
Hope this helps

Posted on May 28, 2008

Hi if you want to record from your TV my guess is you are connecting the DVDirect input connections to the TV's input connections, that is these connections are for the TV to recieve a signle and DVDirect is also expecting to recieve a signle which is not going to come
You need to connect a TV out connection (if your TV has one, check your TV specs/manual) like a Scart socket to the DVDirect input connections. Also check DVDirect has the correct input selected via its menu
Hope this helps

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