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Can't get my dvd/vcr to tape and play back

Comment by Joan0205, posted on Feb 21, 2008 Still can't get my Sylvania Dvd/Vcr to record or play back. I have a Sylvana Tv with just Comcast cable box, I have just basic cable no digital or Satelite hook ups. I'll break down how I have it hookup.

I have the cable cord in the Ant, which is the back of the TV,
I have a yellow which is for video and White which is for Audio plug into the two ports which are in front of the TV.
Then I plug the other yellow and white in the back of the dvd-vcr and by doing that I can watch video tapes and dvd.

Then the back of the Dvd/vcr there's a section thats say's VCR video in and Audio in so I plug in the yellow and white cords then I put the red and white cords in back of the cable box that say's audio and video.

I then tryed to tape something and play it back I get the sound but I get a black picture???

The only thing that's left on the back of the dvd/vcr is Digital Audio( which i don't have) Dvd video out, s-video out and Component video out and there colors are green,blue and red.

I try putting the tv on 3 or 4 but still does not work. Is my tv to old do I need a splitter or something else.

Please help.

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You all still don't get it. I discontinued my cable service. Now all I have are the TV and the VCR/Dvd player for entertainment. I would think this is very simple. Winona

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Color codes for A/V cables:

Yellow: Composite Video
Red: Right Audio Channel
White: Left Audio Channel (mono)

Does your TV have a video & audio OUTPUT on the back of the TV?

If so, will need another set of audio/video cables and you need to connect the yellow cable from the video OUTPUT of the TV to the video INPUT (yellow) of the DVD/VCR and connect the Red cable from the right OUTPUT of the TV to the red INPUT of the DVD/VCR. Then connect the white cable from the left OUTPUT of the TV to the white INPUT of the DVD/VCR. If your TV is not in stereo, just connect up the white cable for mono audio.

If your TV set does NOT have audio/video OUTPUTS, then you will still need another set of audio/video cables and connect the yellow cable from the video OUTPUT of the cable box to the yellow video INPUT of the DVD/VCR and connect either the red or white (or both if possible) to the red or white audio INPUTS of the DVD/VCR.

You need two sets of cables because you want to watch DVD's & tapes on your TV (Path #1) and you want to record the TV channel shows back to your DVD/VCR (Path #2).

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

Good Luck!

- Jim

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