I have a Sylvania VCR/DVDcombo and a Standard TV. I got a Magnovox converter box. I got things hooked up so that I can watch tapes and DVDs, but cannot record from the TV. All I get is a fuzzy screen. I do not understand why I can watch the tapes and DVDs but not record. I have a coax cable hooked into the input. Do I need an additional converter box, and if so, how in the world do I hook it up? Any help will be deeply appreciated.
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Re: I have a Sylvanis VCR/DVDcombo and a Standard TV.
The converter box receives hte digital signals and converts them into either channel 3 or 4, or into direct video (red,white,yel). The output of the converter box must go into the VCR input for recording to work. Before the conversion, the tuner of hte VCR would receive the RF signal the same as the TV. The tuner inside the VCR is an analog tuner not digital, so it needs the conversion too. Most converters will provide both the A/V signal (R/Wh/Y) and RF (coax connector).
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sounds like a burnt out power supply that is shorting when it gets hot. another option could be a bad censor. if you are familiar with working on electronics i would blow the system out with a can of air and see if that helps anyways. vcr's are a thing of the past now days but you can still find vcr/dvd combo's and they have gotten a lot cheaper! the question is, how much can you buy a new unit for v.s. how much time are you going to spend working on it and determine if it is worth it to you. good luck!
Basically, you cannot use the coax connections for both the VCR and the RCA converter box. I would hook up the phono/cinch connectors from the VCR to the TV if you can (these are also called RCA connectors, but I'm avoiding using that name so we dont confuse the digital receiver with a cable/connector name that is the same here). There should be a yellow one for video and red/white ones for left and right stereo. I believe the RCA converter comes with a three headed cable that can do this for you. With this configuration, you can set the TV to input on these connectors and the VCR should always output there. Once that is set, you can still use the converter box to receive the signal from your antenna, then run the coax to the VCR. Now, the VCR will always have to be set on channel 4 in your setup and you will need to manually change channels on the converter box for it to record a show. Does this make sense so far?
first of all does your television and/or vcr have a cable connector and/or a set of rca outlets? if they have a cable connection in the back all you have to do is hook the cable from the antenna to the "in from antenna" on your cable box and then connect a cable from "out to tv" to "in from antenna" on the vcr and a cable from "out to tv" on the vcr to "in from antenna" on the tv. then you need to make sure on the converter box and the vcr and look for a channel selector and see what channel they are on. most vcr's have a selector for either channel 3 or 4, look at what channel it is set to and if your converter box has the same thing then match it with the vcr. then tune your tv to that channel and you should be able to work your vcr as long as the vcr/tv button shows that you are on the vcr. now if your tv and/or vcr have rca outlets and your converter box has the same then just hook the cable from the antenna to the cable box and substitute the rca cable for the regular cable and tune your tv to video or line input.
This is probably way too late an answer, but I just ran across your post. No TV made in 2002 has digital tuning, so you would need the converter box to watch off-the-air digital broadcasts.
To hook up the pieces, take the converter box output and run it to the VCR antenna input jack. Then run the output from the VCR to the TV's antenna input. Leave the VCR and TV both on channel 3 (or channel 4 if that's what you have the converter box output set for).
To watch TV, leave the VCR off and the signal from the converter will pass right through to the TV. You'll do your channel changing with the converter box, so the TV stays on channel 3. To record a program, just remember that the VCR will always need to be tuned to channel 3 (4), since it will have to be on the converter box output channel. Again, you pick the actual TV channel with the converter.
Note that this arrangement will allow you to program your VCR to record while you are out, but there are some limitations. You can't record things on different channels, since you won't be home to switch channels on the converter. The VCR is always recording on channel 3 (4), and the program you'll be recording is whatever channel the box is set for. If another program comes on on a different channel later, you won't be around to switch. But you could program different recording times on the same channel, anyway. You also can't record one program while watching a different channel, unless you had a second converter box.
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It sounds like the VCR mode switch is dirty. This is located on the PCB, underneath the right hand side of the VCR mechanism. If you do not know what you are doing, I do not recommend trying to clean it yourself. You have to remove the VCR from the board, and pop the wheel off the top of the switch. Use a cotton swab with a bit of alcohol to clean it, and then put a dab of WD-40 on it. Good luck. Also, you might want to tryt to reset the VCR mechanism to the fully ejected position if it is not there already.