I am assuming that you want to INPUT your TV/Cable Box to your DVDRW, and have the DVDRW then be able to OUTPUT to the TV.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Locate the OUTPUTS of your TV/Cable box
at the back of your set. There should either be the RCA jacks (Yellow/White/Red), S-Video, VGA, DVI or HDMI . Make sure that they are OUTPUTS. It'll probably say TV-out or just out.
2. Locate the INPUTS of your DVDRW.
Similarly, it should either be the RCA jacks (Yellow/White/Red), S-Video, VGA, DVI or HDMI. Ensure that they are INPUTS.
3. Match up the outputs to the inputs.
Now, I have listed the OUTPUT/INPUTS going from lowest quality to highest quality. So let's say your TV has RCA, S-Video and HDMI outputs, and your DVDRW has only RCA and S-Video. HDMI is ruled out, unless you get a converter (which is pretty pricey). Choose which one, and buy/use the right cables.
4. Here are the connections for each type of OUT/IN
. (TV/Cable >>>>> DVDRW)
5. Connecting the DVDRW back to the TV
- RCA (Yellow/White/Red) >>>>> RCA (Yellow/White/Red)
- S-Video + RCA (White/Red) >>>>> S-Video + RCA (White/Red)
- VGA + RCA (White/Red) >>>>> VGA + RCA (White/Red)
- DVI + RCA (White/Red) >>>>> DVI+ RCA (White/Red)
- HDMI >>>>> HDMI
. So now, you can record whatever is playing live on your TV. But you also want to play things from your DVDRW on your TV. Check the OUTPUTS
of the DVDRW. It should have either the same jacks as the INPUTS. Check the INPUTS
of the TV.
6. Follow Step 4, and 5.
Note that for connections, you are going from the OUT of the DVDRW to one of the INs of the TV. Keep track of what INPUT on the TV you are connecting to.
Voila! Let's test it, though. Now, turn your TV and DVDRW on. Put in a DVD (a movie perhaps) in your DVDRW. On your TV, switch the channel to the INPUT channel you used. You should see your movie. If not, try another INPUT on your TV.
If it's fine, then let's try recording a TV show. Switch the channel on your TV to whatever you want to watch, say Cartoon Network. Put in a blank DVD in your player/recorder. Hit record on the player. Let it record about 2-3 minutes, and stop recording.
Switch the TV back to the INPUT which works, and hit play on the DVDRW. You should see what you recorded.
Hope this helps!