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Recording TV every time I try to record a television program on the VCR, it records for a few seconds, and then the screen goes half yellow and says that my TV input does not support DIV. I have no idea what that means. I have an HD cable box hooked to the DVD/VCR with a red/white/yellow cable. I have the DVD/VCR hooked up to a sumsung LCD with an HDMI cable.

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Re: recording TV

Hi.. it looks as if that particular dvd/vcr is not compatible with the coding digital signals that the hdmi is putting out so it's not converting the signal over correctly.. if you try just using the regular analog cable instead of the hdmi, that might solve your problem.. i hope this helps..d

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