Akai VSG285 video - I can't tune any TV stations thru to the VCR?
Can anyone help? I have a Akai VSG285 (no manaul) & I can't pick up any TV stations thru the VCR. I can watch video's on the dam thing, but I can't tune any TV stations onto the VCR so I can tape the programs. HELP!!
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Re: Akai VSG285 video - I can't tune any TV stations thru...
This sounds like a hookup or programming problem.
The typical hookup is cable/satellite box output to VCR antenna/RF input, then VCR antenna/RF output to television input. Since you are able to watch pre-recorded tapes, the latter is already correct. There are other ways to connect, using the audio/video outputs of VCR to audio/video inputs of the TV. Older or low end TV sets may not have these connections.
If by chance you are using an outdoor antenna (not cable or satellite) then the antenna connects to VCR antenna/RF input and VCR output as above. You will also need to program the VCR into the stations- most late VCRs will scan for active channels, and program themselves to those channels.
I'm not sure of the capabilities of newer cable & sat boxes, but generally, you had to tune that box to the channel you wanted to record. The VCR is set to channel 3 or 4 depending on the output of the cable box.
Lastly, most VCRs of the last 10+ years require the remote to setup advanced functions, such as timed record, date & channel setup functions. The buttons on the VCR itself only do very basic functions, Stop/Play/Rewind/F-forward/Eject etc.
If you don't have the orig. remote, some universal remotes may be able to do advanced programming functions.
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Depending on where you live you might have to go buy an HD antenna and scan for channels and hope you can get a PBS station or something to get you off of zero and then go into the menu and manually program a channel you can use to tune your VCR maybe that might do the trick
You will need to put your aerial into the rear uhf socket of the VCR then take another connecting lead (flylead) from the out of the VCR & put this into the aerial socket of the TV. You will now need to select a channel on the TV (best to use channel zero) & tune the TV to the VCR signal. The best way to do this is to put in a recorded tape eg a film /press play/ then tune the TV until you pick up the playback of the film, then store this on the TV. This will give you your VCR channel. You will now need to tune the VCR to your broadcasted stations so that you can record.
Just get a pair of AV cables, and connect Audio Out of the VCR (at the rear of the machine) to Audio IN of your TV, and Video Out of VCR to Video IN of TV. Select AV on TV using TVs Remote. Play the casette. You should be able to view the Video.
Please explain what you mean by "tuning in." Are you referring to hooking up to your Television, or to a cable/satellite box? Or can you not see video when you play a VCR.
Check your hookup cabling. With a cable or satellite system, the VCR normally is hooked between the cable/sat receiver box and the TV. Cable box RF output to VCR RF input, VCR RF output to TV RF input.
There are other possibilities when your TV has video or line inputs.