Suddenly all dvds i put in do not play and the machine eiother says there is no disc there or that it cannot read it - so i can see what i am due to record but not the playback list at all
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Re: watching tv while recording onto vhs or dvd
In order to view one channel and record another, you have to have (and be using) two tuners and also have a way to bypass the signal to one tuner into the other. The only time you're using the tuner of a device is when coaxial is connected - everything else is an input mode.
1. You could have a 2-way splitter with the signal connected on one end to RF IN of the DMR and on ANT IN of the TV, then the DMR connected to the TV via composite, S-Video or component cables.
2. You could connect coaxial all the way through to the television from the wall. Wall to DMR to TV - all coax would allow you to view one channel and watch another. Tune the DVD recorder to the channel you wish to record and start the recording. Use the TV/VCR button to bypass that signal to the TV and tune the station you want to watch on your television.
When it says "you cannot change the channel or recording mode while recording" that is referring to the tuner on the DVD recorder, not your television. I think the issue here is that you're keeping your TV in the input mode and trying to change the channel on the recorder after you've started recording - but I could be wrong. You need to change the channel on the TV ITSELF.
Had a very similar problem with a slightly different Panasonic model yesterday. On autosetup it insisted on recognising the analogue satellite decoder as AV1. Problem was that in AV1 mode, any channel selected on TV was channel on AV1 (even if changed manually on TV by hand). Solution was to delve deeper into tuning setup,find this channel & give it a different reference number (your choice). Works perfectly now. Sounds like your problem is similar.
This could be a couple of problems. I'm not trying to make you feel dumb or anything but sometimes people miss the obvious. Do you have an universal remote? How is your vct wired to your tv? Does your cable go to your vct or your tv first? These sound like silly questions but they are important.
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f the entire VHS is full then you can easily transfer the VHS contents to the DVD. The video will play while it is recording onto the DVD, but you don't have to have it hooked up to any TV for it to record. Now if you don't know how long the VHS content is that you want to record to DVD, then you will have to hook up the player to a TV so that you can press stop when you reach the end of the content you want recorded. At least this is true in the way that I use to transfer VHS to DVD:
1) Turn on the unit
2) Insert VHS tape
3) Insert DVD-+R or DVD-+ RW
4) Using remote, press VCR
5)Using remote, press play then pause the tape where you want to start recording.
6)Using remote, press DVD
7) Using the remote, press DUBBING. The VHS should start to play and the DVD should start recording
When using this method, don't hit the RECORD button!
If the entire VHS is full then you can easily transfer the VHS contents to the DVD. The video will play while it is recording onto the DVD, but you don't have to have it hooked up to any TV for it to record. Now if you don't know how long the VHS content is that you want to record to DVD, then you will have to hook up the player to a TV so that you can press stop when you reach the end of the content you want recorded. At least this is true in the way that I use to transfer VHS to DVD:
1) Turn on the unit 2) Insert VHS tape 3) Insert DVD-+R or DVD-+ RW 4) Using remote, press VCR 5)Using remote, press play then pause the tape where you want to start recording. 6)Using remote, press DVD 7) Using the remote, press DUBBING. The VHS should start to play and the DVD should start recording
When using this method, don't hit the RECORD button!
Most Combo Recorders (VHS and DVD) will prevent you from
recording a Copyrighted VHS tape program onto DVD.
Try recording a TV program onto your VHS tape, then
transfer it to your DVD and see if your new DVD recording
will work or not.
No you cannot - This is a DVD *PLAYER* / VCR combo - which means it features a DVD player & VHS recorder in one - you cannot record onto DVD - You can however watch a DVD while recording your tv program on the VCR.
I hope this answers your question.
If you want to convert your VHS to DVD you will need to purchase a standalone DVD recorder - I personally do not reocmmend the DVD recorder / VCR combos - or you can use a HDD/DVD recorder which stores recordings on a hard drive and later you can burn them on DVD, they allow editing, more flexible recording options, etc
unfortunately the machine is not a recording machine IE: it is a player only. However in todays day and age you can pick up a good used one at the goodwill for around 10-20 bucks that can record. hook up is easy, one cable in one out and presto you can record on a blank tape. just remember the begining of a blank tape always has a few seconds of nothing on it so dont hit rec just as you are watching it start the machine about ten seconds early.
hope this was helpfull.
I just got done recording a vhs to dvd and it worked great. Also you can print the manual at manualsonline.com or something like that.. google it, i printed mine. I had to watch the enitre vhs to record it. As you are playing the vhs (right at the beginning) push the blue D. Dubbing button then when its done playing push stop on the DVD side it will say writing to disk on the bottom once thats done ooha la!! I am trying to figure out if there is a way to dub a vhs to dvd without having to watch the howl movie but unfortunatley I don't think there is!
I do not think you would have to worry about a way to disable the copy protection that is on the vhs tapes. you are not going to record over them. You are just going to transfer information to the dvd side. jh