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How to connect my dvd & vcr with the converter box

I got the converter box to work, now I can't get a signal through the coverter box to the tv for my dvd or vcr. How do I get this connection to pass through as my tv only had one connector for incoming signals. prior to this I had the antenna and dvd/vcr cable on a split adapter attached to this one connector on the tv. I moved this connector to the converter box, and I have tv signals but can't get signals from the dvd or vcr players.

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  • RbCaroline May 19, 2008

    How do I connect my dvd recorder and vcr with the converter box? It works on the TV so I know the box works. There are no instruction regarding the other two electronic devices. Please send instruction.

    Thank you. Caroline


  • marleny Jun 20, 2008

    i cant use the dvd when converter box is connected

  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2008

    Ok. the thing is I have no idea how to set up the dvd,tv,or vcr players...I need directions.please and thank you?.

  • carolynweave Jun 21, 2008

    I have the converter box sort-of working as far as digital TV goes.I am now concentrating on getting my DVD player to work with the new system. I have a DIGITALSTREAM converter and the manual says to put the converter box on either channel 3 or 4 and the DVD on the 3 or 4 channel not selected for the converter box. When I go to the "DVD channel", I do get something that could be a very distorted dvd video but no recognizable shapes and no sounds. If I try to get tricky and by-pass the converter, I just knock out all reception and the DVD still doesn't work. Radio Shack personnel don't seem to know anything about the problem and have not been able to help. Are there some products, systems that simply will not allow a DVD player to be used in conjunction with digital signals.

  • sdenita Jun 22, 2008

    We have a dvd player with surround sound, then an older analog vcr. How do we hook up all these with the converter box?

  • Anonymous Jul 04, 2008

    How do I hook my dvd/vcr player to the box?

  • Anonymous Jul 04, 2008

    How do I connect my dvd/vcr to the box and the tv?

  • Byssy Jul 26, 2008

    I have the antenna hooked up to the converter box, the "to TV(RF)" cable hooked up to the DVD/VCR player and the L/R audio and video cables hooked up from the DVD/VCR player to the TV. With this I can watch DVDs/videos but not TV. To watch television, I have to disconnect the L/R audio and video cables from the DVD/VCR player and connect them to the converter box. But then I can't watch movies.

  • frenchceltic Aug 02, 2008

    I've hooked up the vcr and dvd players to the tv via the converter box. When switched to analog the vcr works fine. The dvd player is another story. Switching to analog will allow the dvd to play for about 30 seconds, then the converter iswitches back to digital and drops out the dvd. Did I do something wrong????

  • BillDarla Sep 28, 2008

    I'm not concerned with recording on my DVD and VCR; just want to be able to play my media. Where can I find out how to hook up all three: converter, DVD and VCR?

  • dcpmomof5 Oct 03, 2008

    I can watch TV but I can't figure out how to wire the converter box so I can watch DVD or VHS tapes. Anyone know how? What a joke this.....

  • daupfinn Oct 19, 2008

    How do I connect my VCR/DVD player to the TV? The converter box works fine with the please help me connect the other unit so I can watch my tapes/DVDs. thank you, JR1027

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  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    my vcr doesn't come through with my converter box connected to the tv. why? and how do i fix it?

  • pspmags Feb 10, 2009

    dvd player, vcr player, old tv with only antenna. I use rf modluator(for dvd player) that works with this link. Can record tv show that's on. TV and vcr and dvd player set to channel 3. Use DTV remote for channel to record on.

    Does not solve my problem with having a vcr player, dvd player,tv hooked up to record one show and watch another at same time.
    I understand you need 2 conveter boxes for vcr hookup but what about connecting the dvd player in the mix?

  • lily44 Feb 18, 2009

    I have an analog Sanyo TV with single audio and video ports on the front, an outside antenna, and a old VCR. I hooked the antenna to the converter box "IN" port, then used a RF cable to hook the Converter box to the VCR. The Antenna "OUT" cable goes from the VCR to the TV.
    My problem is, that I can only "PROGRAM" my VCR to record from channel 3, "CBS". I will NOT let me put any other channel numbers in the program menu. The only other way I can record another channel is to tune the converter box to the channel I want to record, and push "record". I can either leave the TV on or turn it off, and it will record that channel. If I switch from an RF cable to AV cables, will that help? Lily44

  • tbone_1957 Feb 23, 2009

    I've got my tv and dvd/vcr player hooked to my convertor box. My problem is that when i go to use my remote to play a video or dvd it turns on but there is no picture.

  • kalvis Apr 04, 2009

    SAME THING!! i have to connect my dvd player to the converter box due to only one output on the tv. I can get the channels just fine..but when i try to play a shoes for like 30 seconds and then shuts off to a gray fuzzy screen!! HELP!

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    I can hear my DVD but can't see it. I clicked the input button on my tv and chose channel 03 and 04 and still can't see the picture.


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Here is my setup.
1) Separate DVD player 2) Separate VCR 3) Digital to Analog Converter box 4) Analog TV 5) Rabbit ears (UHF/VHF) antenna
The antenna goes into the converter box.   The RF-output of the converter goes into the RF-Input of the VCR The DVD output goes into the front input jacks of the VCR The VCR RF-output goes into the TV RF-Input The VCR Line output goes into the front of the TV
To watch DVDs, we turn on the DVD player, turn on the VCR, and set the VCR channel to L2, and tune the TV to channel 3.  The converter is off.
To auto record on the VCR, the converter must be tuned to the station being recorded.  The converted must be turned on, the TV can be off. 
To watch VCR tapes, turn the TV and VCR on.  The TV is set to channel 3.  Just press play on the VCR.
To Watch TV.   Turn the TV and converter on.  The TV is set to channel 3.   Change the stations using the converter.  

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I have a great solution. Maybe for once someone can post a response thats not full of confusing abbreviations and typos. you can't even read that!

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How do I hook up a digital converter box to a TV, a VCR, a DVD Player/Recorder?

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I am now able to record tv shows with my dvd recorder/vcr recorder/player. I also have my old vcr hooked up to it. I did it all by myself! Woohoo! Here's what I did: Back of dvr/output (r,w,y cable) to tv input Front of dvr (r,w,y cable) to converter box. Antenna to converter box Antenna in Converter box coaxial cable "to tv" to Vcr rf in Vcr coaxial cable rf out to tv Turn on Converter box. Turn tv on and change input to Video 1. Turn on Dvr. make sure source is set to "front"

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I have a converter box and i vant see my dvds

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I have a dvd/video recorder (Samsung) with no tuner. I can't figure out how to record a tv Show. Can someone help

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I have an RCA converter box and lost my instructions. Where can I get another set? I am having trouble getting my DVD player and VCR to work.

Posted on Dec 19, 2009

I bought a magnavox vcr/dvd i called for help and they helped me to set it up the problem us the vcr runs ib 2 the canle box runc on 3 its a dv225mg9/vcr on 2 cable box 3 in order to run this i have to take my tv clicker and minus to get the vcr and plus to get the tv i cannot record un less i set up something which i didn't get a good answer from the co,who seemed not to know very much about this uni t i'm readt to give up and return iy they are going to charge me 9.00 for open box resale and i din;t know what to do i am replacing a magnavox which hooked up fine i don;t undewrstand why

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Connect the antenna to the converter box. Connect the output of the converter box to the vcr. Connect the output of the vcr to the tv. Connect the dvd to the component input (Red-White-Yellow) of the tv (if there is one. If not then connect the dvd to the component input of the vcr.
With this arrangement you will be able to tape programs on the vcr if you want. If the vcr is not on the signal from the converter box will pass through to the tv.

Jul 06, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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I have a new digital tv but can't get my vcr/dvd player recorder to work. Can I use the converter box on a digital tv? will it work to record and play.

The output connection from the VCR/DVD needs to be different for the new digital TV. Instead of using the RF output from the VCR, use the video and audio outputs and connect them to the video and audio inputs on the digital TV. When you want to watch the VCR, select "video in" on the TV. The digital converter box should be hooked to the input of the VCR so you can record programs off-air.

Jun 14, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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I kind of think the people that wrote the manuals didn't bother hooking up a unit. Here is some help.

The converter box is nothing more then a tv tuner that picks up a digital signal and converts it into analog so your tv can view it.

The vcr, to record programs has to be set to channel 3 or 4 (whatever the converter box is broadcasting on) to record. The converter for the vcr will have to set to whatever channel you want to record from every time you use the vcr and left on as this is the only was the vcr can pick up a signal. Make sure the power saver on the converter box is set to off.

If your tv converter box has digital pass through, all you have to do is turn the tv converter box off and it your tv should pick up the singal from your vcr when you play tapes. You also use this method to access the menu on the vcr.

Jun 04, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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Converter box

3/23/09 --- I don't understand why you would hook your converter box or antenna to your DVD Player. Converter box is only functional between an antenna and a vcr (and/or a TV). DVD Player hooks directly to TV (NOT thru a vcr, coding on dvd discs will screww up the signal and make it fade!) Good luck.

Mar 20, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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I have separate dvd player and vcr, how do I hook coverter box up

It took some time, but I finally have this figured it out so everything works.

I have the same setup, but I had one additional piece to the puzzle that I had to figure out. I have an older TV and use and antenna, but had to buy an Audio/Video RF Modulator a couple of years ago to use my VCR & DVD player with the old setup.

Get yourself an Audio/Vido RF Modulator (you can pick one up for about $20-30).
Connect the TV to the RF Modulator.
You should have 2 connectors for your antenna. Connect one to the converter "To Ant" and the other to the RF Modulator.
Connect the convertor A/V cable to "IN" on your VCR.
Connect the cable from converter "To TV (RF)" to "UHF/VHF from Ant" on VCR.
Connect the VCR "OUT" cable to the RF Modulator.
Connect DVD A/V cables to A/V input on VCR.

Your TV should be set to Channel 3 (or 4, depending on your setup) and depending on your "input" connections, you should be able to view vidoes from VCR like this and DVD by changing the input (the button should be on your VCR or other remote). For ex. my input changes on my VCR from channels, to L1 & L2. My converter & VCR play on L1 and DVD's play when I change it to L2.

Now, I just have to figure out how to add the converter box to my universal remote. :)
Good luck!

Feb 14, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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Can I watch tv on 1 channel while recording another?

Unfortunately no, unless you get a second converter box. You're using the converter box to select channels, and it can only be on one channel at a time. With a second converter box, you might find you need a second antenna too (so you can get a signal on both channels). And you can't program your VCR to record on different channels (since it can't control the coverter box to change channels).

(This is a case of history repeating itself. When cable TV was new, and most TV's and VCR's weren't cable-ready, you needed to use the cable company's converter box. The same problems came up then too!)

Nov 30, 2008 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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Connect tv vcr and dvd player to digital converter box

Yes you can first connect the converter box to the antenna first. Next hook the tv out on converter box to vcr in on vcr. Next hook the vcr out to the tv in and watch vcr and converter box on channel 3 sometimes channel 4.on the actual tv and of course change channels with converter box remote. For dvd player hook it straight to tv with red,white,and yellow cables that come with your dvd player. Then to watch dvd player if it's hooked up that way you have to put your tv on a input like video 1 or input 1. This can be done by using the tv remote and looking for a button that says tv/video or input or source button. This is some common names for that button on tv remotes.

Nov 02, 2008 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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Vcr & dvd & a CONVERTER BOX

Right, you don't have to plug DVD/VCR to box, just straight to TV to operate. If you wanted to record hdtv programs from the box to the vcr or a dvd recorder then connect box to vcr/dvd recorder to TV.

Oct 16, 2008 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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VCR Connection

If your vcr has an ant. in and out to tv coax type jacks the signal should pass through when the vcr is off or in tv mode. Make sure tv is on the output channel of the converter box(usually ch 3 or 4). If your vcr is different please give more info.

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