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Unclear, Zig-Zaggy, Snowy Recorded Pictures Through Converter Box

I have a Magnavox analog TV (about 12 years old) and a Magnavox MWD2205 DVD player with VCR player/recorder that have worked well together until the DTV transition. I do not have cable or satellite service. I have no problem with receiving the digital channels. I actually receive more now with the converter box (Magnavox TB100MW9). The problem I have is with getting a clear picture for programs I have recorded. The recording works fine except the picture. It's in black and white and is zig-zaggy and snowy. I know that I won’t have a digitally clear recorded picture image, I just would like a color (analog-type) picture image. I have the following hook-up sequence: Antenna out to Converter Box in, Converter Box out to VCR in, VCR out to TV in. It was suggested that I try: Antenna out to VCR in, VCR out to Converter Box in, Converter Box out to TV in. I tried this, but I only received one channel, so I switched it back. Is there a solution to make the recorded images (analog-type) clear? Will the images vary from channel to channel? Thanks!

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  • clarklori40 Jun 16, 2009

    I'm a little confused. I have the antenna going to the converter box and the converter box going to the vcr and then the vcr going to the tv, so the converter box is going into the vcr - is this what you mean?



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Have you tried turning off the power to the digital converter when you wqnt to watch the analog VCR programs? Some converter boxes (most I would think) have analog pass-through functionality, which allows viewers to see channels that continue as analog even after the change. (rural areas). By turning off the power to the converter box, the analog signal should just pass through without interference.

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    efs_perpends Jun 16, 2009

    If you have a VCR connected to the TV to record TV programs, you must set the channel on the converter box to the TV channel you want to record.

    If you have programmed recordings set up, you must set the channel on the converter box to the TV channel for the programmed recording before the start of each recording session.

    To connect a video device:

    1. Disconnect the coaxial cable that goes from the antenna connection to the video device, if connected

    2. Connect the coaxial cable from the antenna connection to the From Antennae jack on the back of your converter box.

    3. Connect the supplied audio cable to the R aAudio and L Audio jacks on the back of your converter box, connect the supplied video cable to the VIDEO jck on the back of your converter box, then connect the other ends of the cables to the corresponding jacks on the back of the video device.

    4. Depending on the type of AV jacks on the video device and the TV, connect the Audio and Video OUT jacks on the video device to teh Audio and Vidoe IN jacks on the TV.

    5. Plug the power cord into a power outlet or surge protector. The light on the box turns red.

    6. Turn on the TV and set the TV to the appropriate video source. (For more info, see the TV;s documentation.) (Using a universal remote, press the TV/Video or AV button and scroll through the options until the VCR picture is clear.

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    efs_perpends Jun 16, 2009

    You have an option to check the signal strength with most converter remote controls. How is the strenght of the signal on the station you're trying to record? Make sure you have a good connection between the converter box and the input on the VCR.

    If you can, use video cables to make the link between the vcr and tv, instead of coaxial cable.


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Definately the images will vary from channel to channel. the channel transmitting quality i request to use converter.

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