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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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Re: Cannot get picture/menu on screen!


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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