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I have a Sony VCR SLV-N700. When I lived in a house the VCR was connected to the televison set. I could play tapes and I could program it to record programs, using the "Setting the timer manually" option. When I moved to an apartment, a cable box came with the apartment. (The cable box is a Pioneer CATV Converter, Model BD-1100.) The movers connected everything. (There are three cords coming out of the back of the VCR, two going to tbe cable box and one going to the back of the televison set.) Now I can play tapes, but I cannot record programs. When I try to record programs, the screen comes up and I can select programs to record, but nothing is recorded. (The date and time are set corrctly on the clock on the screen.) If I remember correctly, a red rectangle on the VCR screen told me that the VCR would record a program at the proper time, but now there is no red rectangle.

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  • wbayliff99 Aug 03, 2009

    Dear Mr. Danjoff

    I printed your answer, and then tried to follow your Instruction 1. I couldn't find a small switch on the back of my cable box. (I looked in the daytime, and used a flashlight, but it just isn't there.) I had previously tried to record programs when my television was on Channel 3. I tried again to record a program, this time with the television set on Channel 4, but it still wouldn't work.

    I have the owner's manual that came with the VCR, and I had reread pages 39-40 to be sure that I still remembered how to record programs. The second sentence on No. 7 says, "When using a cable box, leave it on." A little while ago I was watching the 5:30 news, which I had programmed to be recorded, so the cable box was on at the time that the 5:30 news should have been recording.

    I would appreciate your further comments. Thanks a lot. Bill Bayliff

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Your VCR will record from the cable box as long as the coax cable coming out from the wall outlet goes into the VCR's IN jack, and the coax cable of its OUT jack goes into the VCR's IN jack. Your VCR then should have another coax cable coming out of its OUT jack into the back of the TV.
Both the VCR and TV have to be set to one of two channels: 3 or 4, and the output from the cable box should also be set to output on this frequency/channel.
In order to record any program, now you have two choices: Set the start and stop times on two devices: the VCR and the cable box; the easiest choice is to leave the cable box on all the time, and only set the VCR timer.
One last thing: In order to switch channels, you will have to use the cable box's remote, if you're watching TV from the cable box.
There are certain cable boxes that bypass the TV signal when they are turned off. In these cases, you may watch TV using the TV's remote control. You have to check your cable boxe's user's manual.
Good luck!

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When you have a cable box connected to your VCR, you will not set your timer to tune in the specific channel that you want to tape from. What you 'll have to do is either

1) If your box is connected to your VCR via 1 piece of the cable you will have to set your timer to go to either channel 3 or 4. If you look on the back of the cable box there should be a small switch that is either set to 3 or 4. Leave your cable box on and set on the channel you want to record.

2) If your cable box is connected to your VCR via 3 RCA cords, one red, one white, and one yellow, you would have to set your timer to record from LINE IN 1 if that is the connection used; LINE IN 2 would be chosen if that is setup. What you do then is set your cable box to whatever channel you want to tape from and leave it there.

If you have your manual handy, pages 39-40 are the ones you want to check. If you don't have have your manual, here is a link to download it:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-documents.pl?region_id=1&mdl=SLV-N700

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  • bvanjoff Aug 03, 2009

    Sorry to hear that you're still having issues with your recording. Here is your latest comment:

    I printed your answer, and then tried to follow your Instruction 1. I couldn't find a small switch on the back of my cable box. (I looked in the daytime, and used a flashlight, but it just isn't there.) I had previously tried to record programs when my television was on Channel 3. I tried again to record a program, this time with the television set on Channel 4, but it still wouldn't work. I have the owner's manual that came with the VCR, and I had reread pages 39-40 to be sure that I still remembered how to record programs. The second sentence on No. 7 says, "When using a cable box, leave it on." A little while ago I was watching the 5:30 news, which I had programmed to be recorded, so the cable box was on at the time that the 5:30 news should have been recording.

    When I advised leaving the unit on channel 3 or 4 what I meant was leaving your VCR on channel 3 or 4 if that was the way your VCR is connected to your cable box. Your VCR is going to receive signals from your cable box one of two ways. Either there will be a single piece of cable running from the back of your cable box to your VCR (page 14 of your manual). This would be the cable that actually threads onto a round connector. To record these signals you would set your timer using either channel 3 or 4 as the channel, and you would set your cable box to whatever channel you want to record. The best way to see if this works is to turn on your TV and then set it to whatever input you normally use to watch your VCR. You should be able to see whatever channel you have your cable box set to receive. If this is the way your cable box is connected, and you can't see the channel, then there is either a problem with the wire that runs from the cable box to your VCR, or, there is a problem with your VCR. You stated you were watching the news and had set the VCR to record it but nothing was on the tape. Try the same thing, but make sure that your TV is set to whatever setting you use to watch the VCR.

    The other way to connect cable boxes is with 3 "RCA" type of connectors. This would be Video, and Left and Right Audio. These cables have a round connection, and the male version has a post in the middle. The female version is round with a hole to accept the post in the middle. If this is the way you are connected, then you would program your VCR to timer record and you would set the input as either Line In 1 or Line In 2. Again you would leave your cable box on and set to the channel you want to record. Most cable boxes used today have this type of connection.

    Hopefully this will help you resolve your issue. If you try the items I have outlined, and you can neither record, nor be able to watch the VCR output and see the channel you are recording, then you have a larger problem with your VCR. Try them out and then please let me know what happens.




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