After recently unplugging my VCR and turning it back on I have to reset my channels every day! I can only view channels 1 thru 25 and the rest are blank until I go to the menu and change the tuning band to CATV. I have to do this every day to get the other channels! Also at the same time I no longer get any sound on only 2 of my channels if watching thru the VCR. If the VCR is off the sound is just fine. What gives? Is my VCR possessed or just ready for the dumpster?
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Re: Auto Set Channels
1ST) see if the power is being turned off on the machine from the power source.Do you have a time screen? A screen that tells the time, is it blinking ? You could have a loose connection to the AC plug. Does the machine have a "back up" memory battery ?
2nd) Sound on only 2 channels thru VCR is a circuit problem.
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Try unplugging power to the unit for at least 10 minutes or more then plug it back in.. it should try to automatically setup everything. If not manually set the time first then make sure if it has a option to switch from ANT / CABLE that it's set to cable if you have it connected to a cable system. Now try auto scan/store channels.
If your using digital cable it will only record channel 3 or 4 depending on what your cable box is set to...In order for it to record different channels it needs a cable source plugged directly into it. You will only be able to record standard cable channels 1-125. If it's digital cable forget about... you can only record it with channel 3/4 a solution to this would be using a 2nd digital box.. "auto-programming" may be limited even with a 2nd cable box. If your only using standard cable 1-125... you can use the TV/VCR button it will switch between the tuner of the TV & VCR allowing you to record while you watch a different show... keep in mind this won't work for digital channels which if I'm not mistaken comcast has already converted all channels to digital even basic.
I will be assuming you have analog cable TV service, no cable box. If you have a cable box, the instructions would be different.
There are many steps to properly setup your Sony VCR and they should ALL be setup to correctly record channels, however just to cover your question here....
Press MENU on the remote control for the VCR and you should see on your TV screen, the main menu options. Select TUNER PRESET. Press OK. Set Antenna/Cable to CABLE. Next Select AUTO-PRESET. Available channels will be scanned. This may take a few mins. so be patient. Channels could go up to 125. This should make available cable channels ready to record/view.
You can ADD or Delete a specific channel also if one is missed or undesired by selecting MANUAL SET.
In the Menu go to manual channel set-up not auto. When you're in manual set-up change channels until you get to to L-1 and L-2 (should be below Ch 2) and save both to memory. On some TV's the L-1 and L-2 are selected with a separate button labeled "input". .
You will need to use L1 or L2 (one is probably on the front of the VCR, and the other on the back, they should be labeled).
YOu need to plug the digital receiver's output into L1, or L2, and set the VCR to record the one you're using. Then set it to the time you want, and then set the channel on the digital box tho the one you want.
One Channel, One time. (or recurring daily, if your VCR allows daily recording from L1,2)
When the VCR is "off" the converter signal should go right through the box, which you say it does. Then, when you turn the VCR "on" the picture disappears. That, so far, how it should be. To get your picture back while the VCR is "on" you must set the VCR to "receive" channel 3, and use your new converter box to change channels...accordianman
I assume you're trying to record from the DTV box. You will have to set the DTV box to play through channel 3 then tell the VCR to record channel 3. So basically the VCR always THINKS it's recording channel 3, but in reality it's recording whatever channel the DTV box is on. You will be unable to used timed recording unless you leave the box on whatever channel it is you're wanting to tape.
One way is to manually select the missing channel with the numeric keypad, then push "add." There is also an auto program function puts the VCR into a search mode, adding all channels where a good signal is found. Early VCRs (like late '80s or so) did not have this auto mode, but many later ones did. Also, make sure your VCR is set to the "cable" or "CATV" mode not "off-air"
Do you have the VCR manual? If not, recheck your model and see if Panasonic has it online at http://service.us.panasonic.com/OperMan/Default.
I looked at at a manual for a PV-4651, and it showed functions which sounded similiar to what you need. Check pg. 10-12