Normally when we try to set up a recording on our VCR, we switch the TV channel to #3 and press the TV/VCR button and go to the timer set-up. No problem.
However tonight, when we tried to set up a recording for channel 11 and possibly another channel, the VCR controller would not allow us to use the up and down arrows to switch the channel to something different from 11. The channel number would not switch from 11. We are wondering if we accidentally hit some sort of programming button that is affecting this. The power works, we just can't get the channel button to change in the programming area of the VCR.
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Re: Sony SLV-798 HF VCR
On alot of vcrs if you already have a set time for one channel to record at a later time if you dant set the earliest first it wont let you change it but im not sure if you already have one set ahead of time or not
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Hi Katie.. If you are using a coaxial cable to connect your TV and VCR, the TV needs to be tuned to channel 3 or 4. If you are using the Yellow, red and white cables, your TV should be on video mode to work.
The television has nothing to do with recording. It is only required for playback. There are a number of possibilities depending on what equipment you have. Do you have cable, satellite, antenna? Your signal source has to be connected to the VCR either through the cable connector, or RCA video jacks. If you have straight cable, connect the cable to the "ant in" connector on the VCR. The VCRs tuner will select the channel you want to record. If you are on antenna, you will need a Digital set top box (STB) to receive any channels. If you have a satellite, cable box or digital STB, you must go from the output of the box to the input of the VCR. You can use the standard coax cable,but I would recommend using the audio/video cables for better quality. If using coax, the VCR will have to be set to either channel 3 or 4, depending on the boxes output setting. Using A/V jacks, the VCR will be set to "Line" or "Video" input.
I will be assuming you have analog cable TV service, no cable box. If you have a cable box, the instructions would be different.
There are many steps to properly setup your Sony VCR and they should ALL be setup to correctly record channels, however just to cover your question here....
Press MENU on the remote control for the VCR and you should see on your TV screen, the main menu options. Select TUNER PRESET. Press OK. Set Antenna/Cable to CABLE. Next Select AUTO-PRESET. Available channels will be scanned. This may take a few mins. so be patient. Channels could go up to 125. This should make available cable channels ready to record/view.
You can ADD or Delete a specific channel also if one is missed or undesired by selecting MANUAL SET.
when the vcr is on can you see the program on tv? how bout when your press the tv/vcr button? is the cable connection plug in (vcr in from cable box/antenna and the out from vcr to tv).. both the tv and vcr should be on Ch 3.........
Try changing the channels on the VCR itself. If you can do that, then it would indicate a problem with the VCR's remote. If you are still unable to change channels on the VCR manually, it could indicate a circuitry problem, for which you will have to get the VCR serviced.
I have the manual. Are you trying to record something live? if so:
1) Turn on both the DVD/VCR and your TV.
2) Switch the input selector on your TV so that the signal from the player appears on the TV screen (this is usually something like 'input 1' or 'line 1' and so forth)
3) On your remote, set TV/DVD-VIDEO to DVD-Video, then press SELECT VIDEO to control the VCR. These buttons are at the upper left hand corner of the remote controller.
4) To record from a cable box, turn it on.
5) make sure the tape is longer than the total recording time.
6) insert a tape into the VCR.
7) press CH +/- on the remote to select the channel or line input video source to record.
8) select the tape speed SP/EP (SP provides better quality, EP provides three times the recording time as SP)
9) Press the record button to start recording. The VCR display will display the message REC.