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connecting old DVD recorder to new LCD LED HDTV

by Linday95005 / August 13, 2010 10:56 AM PDT

I have an old Panasonic DVD/VHS recorder that I connected to my new Samsung LED LCD HDTV. I switched out the old composite cables to new component (since no HDMI on DVD recorder). I have standard cable TV, no box, no HD and want to record TV shows as well as play DVD movies.

My set-up does not work, and I am not sure if its how I set things up, if its old cables, remote not programmed , or if its my old DVD recorder. I can watch TV channels. I can watch DVD movies. I can even record a TV show. I just cannot record a TV show while watching another TV channel. (like I used to on my old analog TV). What I have to work with is not complicated: TV cable goes through DVD recorder first, then another cable connects from DVD to TV, both are connected with component cables.

I'm sure this is a simple error, I just can't see it.... Any ideas for me? thanks.

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In my mind,
by ahtoi / August 13, 2010 4:35 PM PDT

I cannot see why it doesn't work. But let me suggest another way instead; how about using a splitter. One cable to the TV-QAM tuner, the other goes to the dvd/vcr and the component connected as it is now. In my thinking, this should also work..and you will get a few more channels that you can't get with the dvd/vcr.

Tell me something..can you play a dvd ok, and can you play a video tape ok?

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DVD and TV hook-ups
by Linday95005 / August 14, 2010 5:53 PM PDT
In reply to: In my mind,

I can play DVDs and video tapes just fine but only if the TV is set on channel 3. If the DVD player is even turned on (but not playing) I still cannot get any other channels other than channel 3.

I'll get a splitter and try it that way. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply.

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This is bad,
by ahtoi / August 14, 2010 12:48 AM PDT

your problem keep popping up in my head, hehe. I wnat get something clear; you have the dvd/vcr recorder with TV1 in the computer room, and the old TV2 in another room. The Comcast coaxial cable comes in the computer room (where is it connected? You have only a coaxial cable connected to TV2? and it's connected to dvd/vcr "ant. out" connector? Did I get this correctly?

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Sorry, replied to the wrong thread.
by ahtoi / August 14, 2010 12:58 AM PDT
In reply to: This is bad,

This belong to the "transmission problem" thread.

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