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Can not record on VHS from Direct TV

Sylvania model DVC865F will not record from DirectTV using RCA cords from satellite box to VHS/DVD combo. Is there a "line in" switch or somewhere in the setup of the combo that I select signal source? Both components work individually.

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If you connect up the Satellite box, up to the VCR's EXTERNAL Input, for both Video, and Audio, usually, yellow, Video, Red 7 White, Audio, left 7 right stereo. Once connected up, You then need to select the "Input" from the record menu, and choose the EXTERNAL input, and not, the inbuilt.
http://www.devicemanuals.com/guide/DVD/Sylvania/Sylvania-DVC865F-DVD-VCR-User-Guide-TmpJMU5Eaz.html

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  5. To use S-Video and RCA audio cables: Plug in the S-Video cable to the S-Video output of the TV source. Plug in the S-Video cable to the S-Video input on the DVD Recorder. Next, connect the RCA audio cable to the output on the TV source and the input on the DVD Recorder. Finally, connect the S-Video cable and the RCA audio cable to the output on the DVD Recorder and the input on the TV.
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