VCR autoscan no signal

boothbayOctober 14, 2013

I just bought a 24'' insignia tv for my bedroom. I also had my VHS recorder ( yes I still have one and its just fine ) which was hooked up to the old analog TV. The TV has only one Ant input. The VCR is hooked up to it via rca component or HDMI. My VCR has to use the RCA cables. In this setup, I am able to see my tape on Chnl 3. I now wanted to set it up to record channels when necessary. I thought I would reassign the auto channel search mode for the vcr. It went through its scanning and after about a minute or so, it came back and said "Completed", but just below it said "No signal". .."No signal". In the interim with the indoor antenna disconnected all this time, I was surprised that I could see all my TV channels without the benefit of the indoor antenna. My vcr remote shows channels changing on the display site of the vcr,. Any suggestions how I can the signal to the vcr via auto scan? I connected the ANT to the VCR RF in and the VCR RF out to the TV ANT IN. I suspect that the Digital TV is preventing the signal. Is there a way to get around this?

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The problem is (probably) that the VCR is designed to receive ANALOG TV signals, whereas all the signals are digital now. You would need a converter box between the incoming cable/antenna line and the VCR. To get digital channels directly on the TV you could use a splitter and run one leg to the converter box then to the VCR, and the other leg to the TV (bypassing the converter). If the TV only has one antenna input, you would need another splitter or antenna switch in front of the TV antenna input.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 1:32PM
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Thanks,...your right...fortunately I had an unused converter hanging around ( i got rid of the analog TV ) and set it up and it works now. The only thing I don't like is that i have to leave the converter set on, if I want to make a time recording. Do you know it there is an easier setup? Apparently, I do not need a splitter. ..not yet anyway. Ant input to ant in of conv. Conv out to input of vcr, output of vcr to TV. I have to make sure to leave the TV on the AV mode, otherwise no video.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 4:44PM
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