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Can't get VCR to record

I am trying to hook up my DVD/VCR combo through my Sony DVD/VCR recorder (line 1), but can't get the VCR to record. Any suggestions?

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  • Darlene Dec 16, 2007

    Thank you very much bear001 for trying to fix the problem for me, but I have tried what you suggested, and it still won't work.

    I would appreciate it very much if you could perhaps come up with another solution I could try.

    Thanks again,


  • Darlene Dec 20, 2007

    Hello bear001. Thank you again for trying to help me, I appreciate it. I understand that you can't respond immediately because, since you are so busy.

    I did get the recorder menu showing on the TV and changed the source to Line 1. I checked and the jacks are as follows: the combo jacks are in outputs DVD/VCR and the recorder jacks are in the input jacks Line 1.

    Both units are set on channel 3. Unfortunately nothing seems to work when I try to record on the combo VCR.

    When the combo is on the VCR mode and recorder is on Line 1, I just get a blue screen with the channel number on it.

    On the combo, I can play a DVD, and a VCR, but just can't record on the VCR. On the recorder, everything seems to work fine.

    Sorry this is causing so many problems for you.

    Thanks for taking the time to try to help me with this.

    Happy Holidays



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You may have to push the channel buttons on the source and check the video unit until you see whats playing on the main unit once you have a picture comming thru you should be able to record. if not let me know we can figure out some other solutions to get you up and recording.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

  • bear001 Dec 18, 2007

    Hello sorry that didn''t work for you and I have not got back to you yet but its been busy here, So I am back to try something else. Now when you plug everything in like you did, Is there a menu on the recorder you can pull up and look at on your TV screen, If so When you do Look into the source and try to change it to line one and see if that works and make sure both units are on the same channel on back of both combo and recorder make sure that there both on the same number. also make sure that the RCA jacks are in outputs from the combo, and into the inputs on the recorder, and then from there you would go from the outputs from recorder to TV input. Try that and see if it works I will try to get back sooner if that don't work for you Happy Holidays

  • bear001 Dec 21, 2007

    Hello again Hey its no problem I like doing this kinda stuff, It sure sounds like you are in the right area. When you say you can see the blue screen, Now when you get to this spot try to change the channel buttons on the source and see if you get a picture to come in maybe your on line two. The blue srceen is a good thing it means that your getting a signal from the recorder. Oh Yeah I just wanted to make sure I got this right. Ok here we go LOL No.1 The Dvd/video player has only outputs in the back, No.2 Then outputs from the back are going to the INPUTs on the DVD/VIDEO Recorder.No.3 Then the outputs From the Recorder are going to the Inputs On the Back of the Television. Is that the way It is hooked Up?
    . It should be like that, Then If you get A blue screen try to have a disc in the player turn both units on and tv, make sure Television is on the right channel. Now you should only have to adjust the Recorder if you don't see the picture on you TV set, There should be some source buttons on the recorder, You should try to push either the source buttons or channel buttons what ever buttons you have on the Recorder. then Change the Line In from Line 1 To Line 2 or maybe even 3 or AUX. Try that First and lets hope that Works :) . Now if that still don't work, Can you watch and see any videos in the recorder at all, DVD or video either it don't matter just as long as one works and you can see it on your TV set with just the Recorder. I sure Hope This Helps you If not I am not sure what else to do it would be easier if we could talk so we could hear each other and trouble shoot, So if this don't work Maybe we can chat on Yahoo I have a Account there under the name bear350cid at there is a voice chat available there so it may be a little easier doing it live for free LOL I sure hope this gets you up and running, Oh yeah don't worry I love to help people with electronic problems, Happy Holidays Again, bear



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