"Line In" mode (on both TV & VCR) -- (Please help) "Get (them) Back to "Normal"!"
While watching Comcast Cable -- routed through the F361 VCRinto a Samsung TV (Model # TT20A54) via standard "coaxial cable" -- Iaccidentally hit a button (don't know which) on a (universal? Zenith) remotecontrol -- that "triggered" the TV into "Line In"("mode"); and I cannot "trigger it back out"...
What I've tried:
1. TV has no "TV-Video" toggle switch (it's a combo TV/VCR) 2. When I bring up the "menu screen" for the TV"Settings" -- I cannot select the various options of: "antenna", or "cable AFN", or "cable HFN?"; --but it stays "stuck" on the "standard cable" option Only! 3. I cannot view the Hitachi VCR "menu screen" -- to determinewhether it is set on "Line In" mode -- but I suspect that it is;because an "L" shows on the front panel display when I depress the"channel down" remote button; whereas, (beforehand) while watching"cable (Comcast)" -- I believe that it went to "Channel 1"(or "Aux" (Auxiliary)) mode on the TV screen. 4. I've turned off both the TV & VCR (disconnected power) -- but bothseem to still "come up" in the same "line in" mode. 5. Hitachidoes not have a user's manual (so I could determine how to "reset"the VCR) -- since it's an older model; and Samsung has no user's manual --since it is a "non-USA" (or European type-style) power cord!
(Note:6.I can still watch videos just fine on theSamsung (TV/VCR combo)).
My Ideas at present are:
1. Find a (different) more versatile? Universal Remote -- to see if itmight have a "toggle switch" to "trigger" the VCR, and/or theTV into "normal" (rather than "Line In") mode; or
2. Use a (different) TV -- hook it into the Hitachi F361 VCR (hoping thatit also will not be triggered into "Line In" mode) -- and attempt tobring up the VCR menu screen -- which would allow me to reset the VCR into"normal" mode; -- but, would that also (subsequently) trigger theSamsung TV back into "Normal" mode?
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You will have to split the signal before it goes into the digital box. The digital box is not allowing the analog signal to go to your vcr so you will only be able to record what you are watching on the cable box (on channel 4). If you split it, you will get all your analog channels back on your VCR (the way it was before the box was added).
If you can get a picture on your TV when you watch a video tape you are half way there. On the back of the VCR there are two coax connections, you may need a flashlight but one will be labeled IN and the other OUT. The one that is labeled Out will be connected to the TV. The other one (IN) is where the Cable from the wall connects into. After you have the connections made turn your TV to either Channel 3 or 4. You will now use your VCR remote to change channels.
These are the basic instructions without knowing what model VCR you have. If the TV will not stay on channel 3 or 4 then you will either need to get it repaired or get a new TV.
Try this..Run cable line into VCR in, cable from VCR out to box, then cable from box to TV..this might work...I have done this for YEARS and it is never failed. You can then watch and record 2 things at once.
Your VCR will record a show off of its built in tuner while you are watching another show from the cable box.
Make sure that the AB switch is set into the correct position and that you are only recording a show that that isn't digital. I believe you can only record shows up to channel 150 off the VCR tuner. Anything higher than that won't work.
If your Comcast Cable Tuner has two AV outputs in the back of it, you can skip the AB switch altogether and plug the one of the cable tuner output lines into the back of the VCR input lines. That way it can record that show you are watching on the cable tuner at that same time.
Use a VCR as a A/B switch. Run Cable signal into VCR. Run coax cable out of VCR into television. Connect DVD to VCR (line in) using RCA cables. To use DVD, set VCR channel to L1 or L2 or AUX, depending on VCR type. Set VCR to channel 3 or 4 to watch television. VCR must be powered up to watch DVD.
Don't know if this will help but I have Comcast as my cable TV provider and am using a Motorola DCT-6200 STB and the remote Comcast provides with the STB. To get my Panasonic TV/VCR combo (PVQ-2510A) to work with the Comcast remote I had to do the following:
1) Do the remote code search in AUX mode (or VCR or DVD mode if your remote has that button instead) using the instructions for searching ing remote codes. I had to toggle back and forth between AUX and POWER on the remote until the TV turned off. I saved that code on the remote, but it only controlled the power on the TV, not the volume control.
2) Next I did the remote code search using the TV button on the remote and toggled between the TV button and the volume control until the volume +/- bar appeared on the screen. I saved that code too.
I use the AUX button to turn the TV on and off. Once the TV is on the volume control on the remote operates the TV volume normally. I still need to toggle between CABLE and AUX depending on which device I'm controlling, the cable Set Top Box (STB) or the TV. You may have to experiment some to get it to work correctly.
Here's a link to the remotes Comcast is providing in my area.
I had the same problem when I got the TV from someone and I didnt have a remote. I went out and got a ONE FOR ALL remote and once I got it set up I had it in VCR mode and hit the AV button and now I can get to the channels. Hope it works for you.
The noise from the TV is called 60 cycle hum and it is caused by a capacitor that is open, a test for ripple voltage will confirm this The noise from the VCR is more then likely common mode noise which would not be heard but for the bad capacitors in the TV. Simply put the common mode noise is being added to the 60 cycle hum. Now for how to fix this, if you have a background in electronics you can use a schematic, multimeter and an oscilloscope and Multimeter to find the bad capacitors, and the schematic to tell you what the voltages and %ripple should be. If you do not have a background in electronics, take the set to be repaired