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Cannot get picture/menu on screen!

I just got my VHS/DVD recorder, and for the life of me I cannot get it to work. I have the video, and audio (RCA) out jacks from the cable box plugged into the line 1 IN jacks of my recorder. The video, and audio OUT from my recorder, into the video,audio IN of my TV set. The Cable OUT of my cable box is hooked into the Cable IN of my TV, and the TV plays fine. I have everything hooked up exactly as the instructions say, but when I turn on the recorder - nothing happens. There is no LINE 1 option on my TV, so it's not as if I can switch the TV channel from 3 to LINE 1. The recorder is also set to line 1, and I've tried both DVD's and VHS tapes - I press play but nothing happens. I cannot get to the easy setup screen, or get any type of picture from the recorder. However, I did program the recorder's remote to work for the TV (not the cable) I know the recorder must be connected right. What am I doing wrong? The only inputs I have on the TV set (which is a Phillips Magnavox) are RCA cables and the Cable IN input. My cable box is a Scientific Atlanta, Explorer 2100.

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  • Paulie Pecs Dec 25, 2007

    Thanks for your quick response. My TV only has one set of RCA IN inputs (No OUT), and a CABLE IN input. I just got the recorder today as a Christmas present, so I doubt the piece is damaged - however I will try to hook it up to my brother's TV and check it out. Any other ideas? If this helps, the old VCR I had plugged in (about 5 years ago), and my most recent DVD/VCR combo that I had up until 6 months ago - were both connected having the Cable OUT of the Cable Box connected to the Cable IN of the VCR/DVD. As well as the Cable OUT of the VCR/DVD into the Cable IN of the TV set. This is the first one I've had that uses RCA cables as the means to connect the device.

  • Paulie Pecs Dec 26, 2007

    Hi again. Yes the RCA connectors are in the proper places. No there are no other cables connected to the recorder, I don't believe it's the TV because I just had an old VCR plugged into the same TV about 3 days ago and it worked just fine. However, these were hooked up with the Cable In/Out plugs and not RCA cables. I'm not sure what the SAT is, so I can't really answer that question. I cannot get the TV to go onto the INPUT or AV, or any other channels other than numbered channels - I'm not sure how since on most other TV's you can just go to channel up/down and eventually get to Line 1, Line 2, etc. However, my TV only has 02, 03, 04, 011, a few others, ending w. 069, and then back to 02 again. I can't seem to find the TV Model, all I know is that it's a Phillips Magnavox, and it's part of the Smart Series. Thanks for all your help, I appreciate it.

  • Paulie Pecs Dec 27, 2007

    It is very strange I know, I'll play around with it alot tonight and report back to you. And no there is not a channel 0 on the TV, but perhaps it is hidden under a different name of some kind. The TV itself doesn't have a separate remote though, it's the cable remote. Anyway, I'll try my best and get back to you.



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The Sony recorder is connected to the TV via the RCA cables (for both audio and video)? How many inputs does your TV have? One cable input and one RCA line in (making a total of two? Did you eliminate the possibility that the recorder might be defective by trying it on another TV?

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    Damen Wong Dec 25, 2007

    Did you make sure you are connecting to the proper RCA output connectors (I have mixed them up in the past with the video component connectors)? Do you have any other cables connected to the recorder asides the RCA? Also, could it be your TV? Are you choosing the right channel on the TV(AV/AUX/INPUT)? Did you try only hooking up the DVD without the SAT connected to the cable in? Could you please tell me what is your exact TV model? Another possibility is that the cable could have malfunctioned.

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Dec 26, 2007

    So there is no way to change to some input channel? Is there a channel 0 maybe? Is there some button with some arrow on it (cause it could be the magic button that switches to the input)? This is very input is supposed to have it's own channel...maybe on this TV it needs to be searched (like tuning to find a station)?

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Dec 27, 2007

    There has got to be some way to reach the input channel on the TV itself (although I have seen TV's that only let you from the remote...which is pretty dumb). Try all the buttons...maybe it's not labelled or labelled with some weird symbol or maybe it's a combination of a few buttons. I have an old Philips TV with no remote...I access the input channel by pushing the up or down keys (in my case the channel is before channel 1). Try entering the menu to tune a channel...maybe in the tuning menu there, there is an option of choosing input perhaps?



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