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check that your set is set to the correct source. if one source doesn't work another should, say a dvd player. if a dvd player gives you a picture then either the connection or cable you are using is bad, possibly the tuner. it sounds like a connection problem to me.
DVD produces a great picture with sound - but the VCR is not producing a picture? is it snowy? or a black screen? if it is a black screen, the video output from the VCR is possibly faulty, this is not economical to repair. If it is just snow, and there is slight evidence of a playback picture from your tapes, try cleaning the video heads with a head cleaning cassette (available from eBay and electronics stores as a discontinued stock item).
Since Hi-Fi VCRs have the left and right stereo track on their head drums, and this drum becomes worn or dirty, the sound deteriorates along with the picture - mono sound usually with lots of snow.
This is a combo unit - it has a VCR/DVD common output section on the rear - allowing DVD and VCR pictures to be viewed when the respective drive is selected. When you checked your input connection, did you check the rear of the unit? you may have connected 'DVD priority out' instead of the VCR/DVD common out. If you did connect the common out, and still have no VCR picture, try the head cleaning suggestion as above. If that fails, consider replacing the unit as a last resort.
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You can use any dvd player to connect to this unit as long as it has either a S-Video plug or uses RCA plugs. These cables only transmit the Picture and not the sound. You will need to connect the DVD player up to something that can produce the sound as the HP only has a mono speaker.
Check the A / V input output switch (pictorial #28)) in the rear, it needs to be in the output position. When set to input this disables the splash screen and OSD menu. Musktek manual does not mention this. HTH Linuxdude