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Recording DVB on this DVD recorder?

I have this DVD but as all UK Users will know the analogue Tuner is being withdrawn soon. What I want to do is still use the DVD but to be able to record DVB programs, to this end I have purchased a SCART DVB Tuner which plugs into the SCART connector. All this works OK, but I have a problem in the fact that the colour osc is interacting with one already in the DVD, I have deselected all the old analogue tuning channels and selected AV1 to display the DVB channels on my TV via the second SCART connector, but what I get is Green faces, etc, I know this is due to the 4.433 osc in the colour channel, but I am unable to disable the analogu tuner.
Does anyone on this net know how to disable this tuner, or can someone send me a diagram for the unit to enable me to getinside!!

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Re: Recording DVB on this DVD recorder?

Have sorted this problem now, I purchased a SCART DVB TV Unit from Freecom, this did not work at first connection, but I then realised that it had to work as RGB into the SCART plug on the DVD, once I set the unit to RGB, all was fine.
I can now record Freeview on my DVD fine.
I do however have one prblem which this will not overcome, that is the addition of yet another remote control !!!

Posted on Dec 23, 2007

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Bush dvr3006 will play audio disks but wont play any dvd ! just says load for ages then turns off or no disk ! help please ?

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The problem with this circuit is the abundance of surface-mounted components on the copper side of the board as well as standard ones on the other side (particularly in the power supply as well as the tuner). When these tiny parts fail, it is almost impossible to replace these individually, as they are glued and soldered to the tracks; manufacturers nowadays lean toward complete board/chassis/module replacement rather than indivdidual parts. It is also time-consuming for a workshop to trace the sources of the fault within these components; so the labour cost increases accordingly, and the parts are not cheap, hence the board replacement scenario.

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It's messy, but a lot cheaper and simpler, since your DVD and VCR part appear to be OK. You should not need to replace the combo at this stage. Analogue broadcasts are gradually being phased out. I hope this helps a tiny bit.

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Hope this helps.

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