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The DVD player and Tv set connections are made in ur tv,by what kind set up?Like by a RCA components cables Y,R,W RCA cable?Just follow the DVD player output holes hook up RCA cable Y,R,W to the DVD player out holes hookup to tv set input holes like Y,R,W input holes.Check the RCA connections cables pull out and re connected in those holes a couples times sometimes old equipment must do that for ensure contact are made.Might have a damage set of RCA cable set.Might have replace another RCA cable set.Or ur setup using a S-video cable set and used a RCA cable R,W cable only for audio only?Than S-video cable probally got shorted must be replaced.
A dvd player that doesn't record hooks straight to the television, not the cable box. Tv's typically have av jacks. If yours doesn't, you will need to buy an rf modulator. If your tv has the jacks, U will need to use your tv remote and hit tv video or input or source on that tv remote to switch between input and tv modes.
Chances are you've got your DVD player hooked to OUPUT jacks on the cable box, not inputs. I haven't yet seen a box that takes any kind of an input other than the cable line, but they will have RCA jacks for audio and video outputs on the back. So your cable channels are fine, but the DVD signal is hitting a dead end.
The only solution if your TV doesn't have RCA inputs for video and audio is to get an RF converter (around $10-$20). This takes the A/V signals from your DVD and turns them into a channel 3 or 4 signal that connects to your TV's antenna input.
The converter also has a connector on the back for the cable coming from the cable box, since you'll have to disconnect that from the TV. When the DVD player is off, the cable box signal gets passed to the TV as normal. Turn on the DVD player and the RF converter switches on; put your set on channel 3 or 4 and you'll see your video.
One final thing: The converter will need an AC outlet for its power adapter or power cord, so make sure you have a spare. If you don't already have your TV and DVD player connected to one, this would be a good time to pick up a surge-protector outlet strip. Then not only will you have enough outlets, you'll be protecting your equipment as well.
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There is obviously a lot of background that is missing form your question, most specifically the kinds of equipment that you are using and the exact way that you have wired the components. However, I can tell you that a common problem when changing the "source" for DVD/VCR units is to also change the source settings inside the unit, which are usually accessed through the setup utility, which is usually in the menu of the DVD/VCR. To access the menu, you may have to have the coax cables hooked up, just until you change the settings to the RCA (component) cables.