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SETUP ADVICE NEEDED TO INTERFACE WITH MOTOROLA DCH 70 CABLE TUNER

My RCA VCR/DVD was working perfectly until we added the Comcast Digital cable box. The VCR has lost all its channels and we cannot access the menu to pre-record shows.
What is the ideal setup configuration

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  • MortSchwartz Apr 19, 2009

    We have close to the same issue: We have an RCA (VR677HF) VCR attempting to temp. record TV, or Cable shows from Cox Digital Cable Box (DCT 2224) when we are away (for personal viewing later). We desire to keep all the channels, even above channel 150. The RCA VCR is asking for a 2-digit code (below 60) in order to set up the cable box option in the menu of the VCR. We have tried every code from 01-59, looked up the *.pdf manual, and still can't seem to set these two up to work together properly. The VCR appears to be having trouble receiving a signal from the Cable box or what is played on the TV. Any ideas?

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Take a splitter from the wall and plug it in using a seperate line. You wont get all the digital channels but you can get channels up to 150 to record. Depending on how many av outputs you have on the back of your digital tuner you might be able to take one of those those and plug it into the av input of your DVD recorder. You can get a better picture that way when you record from the cable box vs using coax.

Make sure the splitter is approved for digital cable use. The Radio Shack ones work the best and they are usually the same version of the ones Comcast sells to customers. If you get a brand like they carry at drug stores you will lose picture quality and probably end up with a service call bill as well.

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