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Terry Schuh Posted on Apr 13, 2007
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No Picture I bought this dvd recorder over a year ago from American, moved and never really tried to hook it up. Then, after settling, tried to hook it up through a cable box and then just with a coax cable. NOTHING. I stopped at American 3x asking them to just hook it up and make sure it works. They didn't and said they were too busy. I then stopped by on the last day of the warranty and they told me what "THEY" thought I was doing wrong and said they would honor the warranty if it didn't work this time. Anyone with suggestions on why I can't even get a picture through cable, dvd or tape. I stopped by American and, believe it or not, they couldn't get it to work. Shocker. They won't honor the warranty like they said. Any suggestions.

  • bike1990 Oct 16, 2008

    My story is exactly like yours. Bought the unit and it sat until I had the time to copy my home movies to dvd and sure enough no picture just sound. Tried all the wires and nothing. Doesn't surprise me...Sony has sure gone to the dogs. I buy...used to buy Sony. I know also have a 60" wide screen tv that's sitting waiting to be repaired. Optical block and lamp.

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Your dvd player needs to be repair take it to a tech for repairs the video section is the problem teh ic needs to be replaced or the whole pcboard.good luck.

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