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post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
Here is how I have it connected.: Cable in to Comcast box then out to VCR then out to TV. Problem is as follows:

If I record a show that I am watching, I get both picture and sound.

If I tape a show that I have on a timer recording, I only get a picture but no sound. I switched VCR's and the same result.

Any ideas ???????
post #2 of 43
Assuming your VCR can't turn on the cable box to record a show, that means you have to leave the cable box on then have the VCR turn on it's timer to record right?

Did you hit any buttons the time you left it alone prior to the vcr turns on?
post #3 of 43
Full Blown Digital Box or digital adapter?

If fulll blown digital box, I think you need to use the coaxial cable AND the RCA cords. At least that is how mine had to be set up.
post #4 of 43
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Originally Posted by foxfai View Post

Assuming your VCR can't turn on the cable box to record a show, that means you have to leave the cable box on then have the VCR turn on it's timer to record right?
Did you hit any buttons the time you left it alone prior to the vcr turns on?

My VCR & cable box turn on automatically at the specified time.

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Originally Posted by Steve in Mass View Post

If fulll blown digital box, I think you need to use the coaxial cable AND the RCA cords. At least that is how mine had to be set up.

Steve, I'll give the RCA cords a try. Right now I just have the coaxial cable only. If you have a chance can you briefly describe how your wires run. My cable from the wall goes to the cable box,then out to the VCR then to the TV. Is the RCA cord between the VCR & TV ?

Thanks
Mike
post #5 of 43
I think you need to split the signal.

Come from the wall to the cable box and then from the cable box to a splitter. Take feed A and go to the TV and take feed B and go to the VCR. You can run RMA or an HDMI cable from the VCR to the TV. You would need to switch the source from TV to VCR when you want to watch something recorded.
post #6 of 43
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Originally Posted by Kings over Queens View Post

I think you need to split the signal.
Come from the wall to the cable box and then from the cable box to a splitter. Take feed A and go to the TV and take feed B and go to the VCR. You can run RMA or an HDMI cable from the VCR to the TV. You would need to switch the source from TV to VCR when you want to watch something recorded.

 

I've never seen a VCR with a HDMI port?

 

OP, just get a DVR and be done with it. VCR's are so . . . 80's.  biggrin.gif

 

(or try the RCA's between the VCR & cable box.)

post #7 of 43
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Originally Posted by Eagles Dare View Post

I've never seen a VCR with a HDMI port?
Me neither. We've been on TIVO for as long as I can remember.
post #8 of 43
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Originally Posted by shbeachbum View Post

My VCR & cable box turn on automatically at the specified time.
Steve, I'll give the RCA cords a try. Right now I just have the coaxial cable only. If you have a chance can you briefly describe how your wires run. My cable from the wall goes to the cable box,then out to the VCR then to the TV. Is the RCA cord between the VCR & TV ?
Thanks
Mike

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Originally Posted by Kings over Queens View Post

I think you need to split the signal.
Come from the wall to the cable box and then from the cable box to a splitter. Take feed A and go to the TV and take feed B and go to the VCR. You can run RMA or an HDMI cable from the VCR to the TV. You would need to switch the source from TV to VCR when you want to watch something recorded.

Am not home right now and won't be until tomorrow PM, but I will look at the exact set up when I get home.

Michael.....I don't think you necessarily need the splitter depending on how the internal switch in the VCR is set up. My set up does not use a splitter. The way mine works is coaax to cable box, and coax to the VCR/DVD and coax from the VCR/DVD to the TV. I also use the RCA cords in some configuration, but that is what I need to check.

When I set a program to record, after I set it, I have to change the TV from "Video" source to TV/Cable source to watch other things. And then when the program I want to record comes on, I have to be sure that the cable box is tuned to the correct channel.......i,e, I cannot watch one channel while recording another.....but that is no issue, as if I am recording something, it is 99% of the time after we have gone to bed.

I suppose if you wanted to watch one channel and record another, you could employ a splitter after the cable box, but I would have to play around with that to see if my particular devices would allow me to do that without having to be constantly switching wires.

I just know that when I first set it up, using just to coax cable didn't work and I had to use the RCAs as well to make it work.
post #9 of 43
If I guess correctly, you might have to attach a extra cable from the cable box output out into your vcr in.
post #10 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by foxfai View Post

If I guess correctly, you might have to attach a extra cable from the cable box output out into your vcr in.

I tried that and no go. I wonder if Comcast has the box configured that you can only record a show you are watching and if you want to do a timed recording, you must purchase their DVR package. Later, I'm going to try and hook up the vcr to a tv with straight cable.

Time to get my gear ready for tonight. Will keep you posted.
post #11 of 43
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Originally Posted by shbeachbum View Post

I tried that and no go. I wonder if Comcast has the box configured that you can only record a show you are watching and if you want to do a timed recording, you must purchase their DVR package. Later, I'm going to try and hook up the vcr to a tv with straight cable.
Time to get my gear ready for tonight. Will keep you posted.

I have Comcast and I record shows via the timer all the time.

Thinking about it on the way home, the splitter thing after the cable box will NOT work, as the signal to either the VCR and/or the TV will be whatever channel you have set on the cable box. So, you can not record one channel and watch another.

The only possible way around that is if you have a cable ready (which almost every TV is these days), DIGITAL TV. This way the TV can take the Comcast signal directly from the street, but of course, that will only be limited channels, I.E. the very basic service. Any package above basic needs to be decoded by the Comcast Digital Box or digital adapter.

Give me a bit and I will get you the wiring configuration I have set up.
post #12 of 43
Okay, I looked at what I have set up.

I have a Motorola Comcast Digital Box. From what I know, they make 3 different ones, 2 of them have a display with the cable channel number, the other one doesn't have that display . The one I have has a display.

I have a Magnavox combo Video Player-Recorder/DVD player model # DV220MW9

I have a cable ready Sharp TV, but it is NOT digital.

So............

Coax cable from the wall to the in port of the cable box.

Coax cable from the digital box out port (marked to TV/VCR) STRAIGHT to the TV.

Then...........

2 RCA cables (1 for video, on for audio) from the out ports of the cable box to the in ports of the VCR/DVD. (The cable box actually has 3 out ports, 2 for audio and one for video, but my VCR/DVD only has 2 in ports, on each for audio and video.)

Then..........

From the RCA out ports of the VCR/DVD, 3 RCA cables (2 for audio, 1 for video) that go the the RCA in ports of the TV.

As I said, when I record a show, I need to have the cable box set to the channel I want to record.

So, for instance, I can program the VCR to record from 10 PM to 11 PM on cable channel 53. I then click the "timer set" button on the VCR. At that point, I need to click the Video/TV button on the TV to "TV", and whatever channel I have on the cable box will be on the TV.

I can watch other stuff on the TV in the meantime (ie, change the channel of the cable box), but by 10 PM (when the show I want to record starts), I have to switch the cable box to channel 53, and of course, that is what is also displayed on the TV. This is usually not an issue, cause most stuff I record is after we are done watching TV for the night.


However, I CAN watch a DVD from the VCR/DVD while the program is recording.

Hope that makes sense......freak.gif

One other note......my VCR/DVD does NOT have a tuning receiver. If your does, be sure to have it set to channel 3 (sometimes 4, depending where you live). Same with the channel on the TV.........bot should ALWAYS be set to 3, as you are controlling the signal via the cable box.
post #13 of 43
Thread Starter 
Thanks Steve, I'll give it a try.I'll report back later. Fished last night ( got a 13 lb'er ) and did the lawn/leaves thing this morning. I am ready for a shower and a nap in that order.

Mike
post #14 of 43
If the signal coming out of the wall requires a cable box to decode, than my way isn't going to work.

We don't have cable anymore and in order for my TIVO to work with FIOS I had to have Verizon provide two cards that get inserted into the TIVO (dual recording ability) and those cards decode the signal, essentially serving as the FIOS turner inside my TIVO box.

If the signal coming from the wall does NOT need to be decoded then my way will work, provided you've got a cable ready VCR.

Absent that, if you wire the VCR after the cable box it's only going to record the signal coming out of the cable box.
post #15 of 43
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Originally Posted by shbeachbum View Post


I tried that and no go. I wonder if Comcast has the box configured that you can only record a show you are watching and if you want to do a timed recording, you must purchase their DVR package. Later, I'm going to try and hook up the vcr to a tv with straight cable.
Time to get my gear ready for tonight. Will keep you posted.


Connect the VCR to the audio/video "outputs" from the TV.

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