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How to record from DVR station

I just bought an Archos 604 (non WiFi), and also a DVR docking station. I can not figure out how to record off of the TV. I'm not sure which connections I need. If someone could tell me the which cables I need, and which to hook up for In/Out (if the archos should be plugged in to the out, or the tv should be plugged in to the out, etc.) I would really appreciate the help! I tried reading the manual on the archos, but it didn't describe which cables to use or where to plug in.

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  • clumsyone Feb 24, 2008

    Oh, and I was trying to use composite cables. Is that supposed to work?

  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2008

    have all the connections i believe to be necessary and have tried hooking up my dvr station with every combination of wires i can think of. i'm getting the picture indicating that i haven't hooked it up properly. suggestions?using phono and scart adaptors.

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Hi there, it should be easy, if your wanting to record off the tv/dvd or video you need to plug (lets say your using phono leads,the ends with red,white,yellow on them) into the output on the video (or what ever the device) the on the docking station plug them into input. then on the archos go to the videocorder n away you go. hope this has help`d

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