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NizzyClarke

04:23AM | 07/21/05
Member Since: 07/20/05
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I have a Symphonic TV, I got it about 3 years ago. My VCR/DVD combo is hooked up to it, and it plays and everything, except when I try to record on it, it doesn't work. Does anyone know why?

Jim D

11:44PM | 07/21/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
NizzyClarke - hi, this could be a couple different things. First, you should verify that it plays both videotapes and DVDs on your TV set. Next, you should verify how you have your antenna/cable TV input connected - it should be connected to the VCR/DVD combo unit. If the antenna/cable TV is connected to your TV set, you're not feeding the signal to your VCR/DVD combo unit. The only way you'd be able to record that way is to have something connected from the TV OUT connectors (if the set has them) to the input of the VCR/DVD combo unit.

Finally, some of the older VCR/DVD units didn't come with a record capability at all...but I'm guessing yours has a RECORD button or the question wouldn't be coming up. So, the last thing to check is the video tape - make sure the little tab on the back vertical edge is still there. If the tab's been broken out, the VCR RECORD button won't engage...you fix that by putting some strong Scotch tape over the hole where the tab was.

If this doesn't help you, please post back with the make/model of the VCR/DVD combo unit. Or, at least tell us what types of connections there are on the TV and the combo unit, and what's connected to what (e.g., the cable TV input is connected to the combo unit ANTENNA IN...). Regards! Jim D/West Point, VA

NizzyClarke

10:52AM | 07/22/05
Member Since: 07/20/05
2 lifetime posts
Oh yeah, I have Comcast Digital Cable, I forgot to mention. Does anything special have to be done?

Jim D

11:58PM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
NizzyClarke - hi, I've been out of town the last week and haven't been able to access the boards...

I'm assuming you have a cable converter box if you have digital cable. You'll need to determine what channel the box outputs to - normally, channel 3 or channel 4. The output of the box should feed the input of the VCR, and you'd need to set the channel of the VCR to the same channel that the box outputs on. This applies if you're using the ANT IN or round "F" connector to connect the box to the VCR. If you're using some other connectors, such as the RCA type that may be color coded (red & white for audio, and possibly yellow for video), then you'll need to dig out the manual for the VCR unit and see what it says about recording. It's possible the digital output of the cable converter box may not be in the range for the VCR to record.

I hope this helps some - good luck! Jim D/ West Point, VA
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