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Recording from cable

I recently purchased a vcr to record my favorite shows. there's no manuel. how do i extend the number of channels available thru my vcr? what are L1 and L2 for? where can i find a manuel?

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  • amirah Nov 16, 2007

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L1 and L2 are different inputs on the VCR.If you have red, white and yellow input on the front of the VCR then when you put the VCR on L1 it should pick up a signal from the front.To get more channels on your vcr you want to do an autoprogram make sure the cable from the wall is plugged into the input in the back and go to the menu on the VCR and look for channel search or auto program and start the search.usually you can find this setting under something like SETUP, Programming,settings on the main menu of the VCR.You may have to search in the menu of the vcr for a little bit until you find it.Youll know when you got it when the channels automatically start scanning from 1-98.GOOD LUCK and rate me if this fixesya or is helpful.

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