Akai VSG285 video - I can't tune any TV stations thru to the VCR?
Can anyone help? I have a Akai VSG285 (no manaul) & I can't pick up any TV stations thru the VCR. I can watch video's on the dam thing, but I can't tune any TV stations onto the VCR so I can tape the programs. HELP!!
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Re: Akai VSG285 video - I can't tune any TV stations thru...
This sounds like a hookup or programming problem.
The typical hookup is cable/satellite box output to VCR antenna/RF input, then VCR antenna/RF output to television input. Since you are able to watch pre-recorded tapes, the latter is already correct. There are other ways to connect, using the audio/video outputs of VCR to audio/video inputs of the TV. Older or low end TV sets may not have these connections.
If by chance you are using an outdoor antenna (not cable or satellite) then the antenna connects to VCR antenna/RF input and VCR output as above. You will also need to program the VCR into the stations- most late VCRs will scan for active channels, and program themselves to those channels.
I'm not sure of the capabilities of newer cable & sat boxes, but generally, you had to tune that box to the channel you wanted to record. The VCR is set to channel 3 or 4 depending on the output of the cable box.
Lastly, most VCRs of the last 10+ years require the remote to setup advanced functions, such as timed record, date & channel setup functions. The buttons on the VCR itself only do very basic functions, Stop/Play/Rewind/F-forward/Eject etc.
If you don't have the orig. remote, some universal remotes may be able to do advanced programming functions.
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Depending on the age of the VCR it will have either a small screw on the back near the aerial socket, or the adjustment will be on a onscreen menu somewhere. It will be called the "RF OUTPUT".
They way to do them is for the screw type - turn it slightly - then with a video playing (something that you can tell what to look for) retune your TV. You might need to do this several times to get clear of stations.
With the menu type you just need to enter a RF number. This is often the best type as most VCR's give you the full RF range. Whereas the screw will only be a short range. Enter a RF frequency number which will be well away from broadcast stations. You can find which TV stations broadcast on the frequences in your area by looking it up in Google. Once entered, play a video and retune the TV to it.
Some VCR's allow the output to be switched off. You can use this option if you have the VCR connected via a scart lead. As you don't need to have the TV tuned in to the VCR.
On the Sanyo VHR-610 you start the TV auto tune by holding down both the CHANNEL ( +, - ) buttons on the VCR simultaneously for more than 2 seconds. The TV stations in your area will be automatically preset in order starting from programme position number "01"
When all available stations have been preset, the function will stop and the TV station preset to programme position number "01" will be tuned on your TV screen.
In other words after holding down the two buttons, leave it alone for awhile (takes some time) till it ends back at 01.
Just get a pair of AV cables, and connect Audio Out of the VCR (at the rear of the machine) to Audio IN of your TV, and Video Out of VCR to Video IN of TV. Select AV on TV using TVs Remote. Play the casette. You should be able to view the Video.
Please explain what you mean by "tuning in." Are you referring to hooking up to your Television, or to a cable/satellite box? Or can you not see video when you play a VCR.
Check your hookup cabling. With a cable or satellite system, the VCR normally is hooked between the cable/sat receiver box and the TV. Cable box RF output to VCR RF input, VCR RF output to TV RF input.
There are other possibilities when your TV has video or line inputs.
sorry but there is not a reset button and it looks to me as a damage chip is truth that tere is a mute option in your vcr but I have fix that problem before and was a bad chip look for a teh to help you but remember a new vcr cost is verry low so dont spend to much in that one..good luck