I have a DVX 3438N digital tv set which automatically tunes itself. It will not tune in a VCR station so I can't tune in the VCR (an old AKAI Intelligent HQ VS-G2 - the one with the tuning screw at the back.. I've tried to tune in a vacant channel (e.g. Ch 69) but the TV keeps resetting itself.
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I assume you are talking about the tracking control. Older VCRs had a control that allowed you to make adjustments within a narrow range by turning a knob and newer machines have auto-tracking. The adjustment allows very limited adjustment of electronic centering of the read heads over the recorded video track on the tape. The mechanical and electronic alignment of tape head tracking is a precision process that requires specialized alignment tools and a "standard" pre-recorded test tape. These tapes are very expensive and not as precise as one would hope. In addition, like all magnetic tapes, they stretch and must be replaced. The theory is that if multiple VCRs are aligned on the these standard alignment tapes, all machines will then track and reproduce material alike. Unfortunately, there are so many standard tapes in the world with so much variation that things do not always work well. If you cannot get your machine to play a tape recorded on another machine to track correctly, you could take it to a repair man and have him align it, but it is no guarantee it will track all the time on all tapes. That is why the world has moved on to digital recording.
Youe aerial should be in the rear of the VCR & the other cable (flylead) should come from the output connection of the VCR & into the TV. To easily find the VCR channel insert a film tape into the video & press play, now selecting the VCR channel on the TV (EG. channel number 0) now you will need to go into the manual tuning on the TV & search until it finds the playback film, once this happens, store this setting. An easier alternative would be to buy a scart connector & connect this from the VCR to the TV & then the video channel will show on the AV setting on the TV, this saves you any tuning problem.
The solution was both simple and elementary - why didn't I remember it sooner? The TV needed to be 'tuned' to the video just as it needed to be tuned for each TV channel. I selected channel 12 on the TV, went into the tuning mode on the TV and with the video playing, cycled through the TV tuning process until, Voila, there was the video showing on the TV.
On the Sanyo VHR-610 you start the TV auto tune by holding down both the CHANNEL ( +, - ) buttons on the VCR simultaneously for more than 2 seconds. The TV stations in your area will be automatically preset in order starting from programme position number "01"
When all available stations have been preset, the function will stop and the TV station preset to programme position number "01" will be tuned on your TV screen.
In other words after holding down the two buttons, leave it alone for awhile (takes some time) till it ends back at 01.
do you have cable? if yes both tv and vcr should be on ch #3 (to record).......ok no cable you are already set up look at tv right....just need to record..you need your vcr remote.....turn on vcr...press the menu...go to ch settings..auto scan will look for and lock in your channels...also make sure the air/cable selection is on air (unless connected to cable)....hope this helpful....feel free to rate
The typical hookup is cable/satellite box output to VCR antenna/RF input, then VCR antenna/RF output to television input. Since you are able to watch pre-recorded tapes, the latter is already correct. There are other ways to connect, using the audio/video outputs of VCR to audio/video inputs of the TV. Older or low end TV sets may not have these connections.
If by chance you are using an outdoor antenna (not cable or satellite) then the antenna connects to VCR antenna/RF input and VCR output as above. You will also need to program the VCR into the stations- most late VCRs will scan for active channels, and program themselves to those channels.
I'm not sure of the capabilities of newer cable & sat boxes, but generally, you had to tune that box to the channel you wanted to record. The VCR is set to channel 3 or 4 depending on the output of the cable box.
Lastly, most VCRs of the last 10+ years require the remote to setup advanced functions, such as timed record, date & channel setup functions. The buttons on the VCR itself only do very basic functions, Stop/Play/Rewind/F-forward/Eject etc.
If you don't have the orig. remote, some universal remotes may be able to do advanced programming functions.
Please explain what you mean by "tuning in." Are you referring to hooking up to your Television, or to a cable/satellite box? Or can you not see video when you play a VCR.
Check your hookup cabling. With a cable or satellite system, the VCR normally is hooked between the cable/sat receiver box and the TV. Cable box RF output to VCR RF input, VCR RF output to TV RF input.
There are other possibilities when your TV has video or line inputs.