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Memorex MVD4544 VCR will not record

We have out TV hooked up to Road Runner cable, and had recorded some shows into our cable box, planning to save them to a VCR at a later date, because our old VCR had stopped working. So, today I just bought a Memorex MVD4544 VCR-DVD combo. I hooked it up to the cable box via Road Runner cable's instructions, and than copied the recorded shows off the cable box to a black VHS tape in the new VCR.

Two hours later it stopped recording, supposedly done, but when we played back the tape it was completly blank. We retried again with a differant tape, just in case there was a problem with the tape, but once again, nothing was recorded on the second tape either.

Next I figured, maybe there was a problem copying off the cable box, so we tried recording a "live" show off the TV instead. Still nothing.

Finally we hooked it up to a totally differant TV (one without the cable box), and tried recording a show off of that tv instead. Still nothing.

It plays prerecorded tapes beautifully. I checked to see if there was a playback problem, but it plays them fine. It just com[pletely refuses to record anything.

So my question is, has anyone else had this problem? Do you know how to fix it?

Because this is a brand new VCR, should I take it back to the store? If so, should I exchange it for another of the same item, or should I get my money back and buy a differant make/model?

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  • EelKat
    EelKat Jan 29, 2008

    I found the problem... I had it hooked up wrong.



    I hooked up the vcr to the tv, but I should have had the vcr hooked up to the cable box instead

  • techno nut Feb 12, 2008

    I hooked the new VCR up to the TV (no cable box) the VCR doesn't record. it does play pre- recorded tapes and tapes I recorded on another older machine but won't record from the TV. The record light is one, SPL can be chosen, and I set it for 30 minutes but when I am done the tape is blank.

    I insert the tape, press record, press AV1 (as it is hooked up to the back). What am I doing wrong?

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The problem is this VCR only works if you have cable or satellite, I can not use it with an outside antenna. It will play prerecorded items but will not record. Need a different type of VCR with a tuner.

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Take the unit back to the store and exchange it for an other unit of the same. The likelyhood of two units not working is very slim, and good luck with your new unit.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008

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