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Newb needs help...

Graz35
02-21-2008, 03:52 PM
I have a phillips 1080p 52 inch HDTV with 3 HDMI ports, a side port and 3 AVI ports. Last night I set up my cable DVR (scientific atlanta explorer 8000HD - getting the 8300hd box Saturday) and my Panasonic DMR-EZ47VK Upconversion DVD Recorder/VCR Combo. The problem I am having is when I hook them up seperatly with the HDMI cables everything is fine. I want to hook them up to be able to tape to DVD from the DVR. I followed the instructions for the DVD player and it didn't work. I found an option on another site to connect the cable to the DVR first, than the DVD player than the TV. I used the red,white,yellow/red,blue green cables in the 1st AVI port instead of the hdmi and this seemed to work but I have no audio now. The way it is hooked up I have audio on the DVD player but when I turn the DVD player off I have no audio on the DVR. I am not sure what else to do. I used to be good at hooking up the electronics in my house but have been having a problem with all the new technology.
Let me know if you need anymore info. Thanks.

Scottnot
02-22-2008, 11:33 AM
For normal TV, keep the SA box connected to the TV with HDMI.

Connect the SA box using S-Video plus RCA audio to the input of the DVD recorder.

Connect the output of the DVD recorder to the TV with HDMI.

Of course, you will have to switch between the two HDMI inputs on the TV to switch between the SA box and the DVD player.

Graz35
02-22-2008, 12:17 PM
Thanks. I will try it tonight and will let you know if it worked.

Graz35
02-25-2008, 11:07 AM
I hooked everything up they way that was said to. It worked on that DVD player but when I tried playing the DVD on a different DVD player and the computer, it showed the picture but with no sound. Any suggestions on why it would play on the specific DVD player but won't play on anything else?

Scottnot
02-25-2008, 12:06 PM
If it's a DVD that was created on one player, there are ocassions when it may not play on another player or a computer.

Check your DVD/R manual, make sure that you "finalize" the disc before trying it on another player.
Try different formats; -R often works better than +R and record only seems to have fewer issues than R/W.

Loves2Watch
02-25-2008, 01:09 PM
And the brand of blank media can make a difference as well. I have/do use Verbatim without a hitch but with Ritek, Memorex and a few others, playing in different machines was spotty at best.

Graz35
02-25-2008, 03:08 PM
The first 2 disks that I tried were from my wife's work IT department. I am not sure what make they were only that they were -R. I had one at my house that I tried that was a memorex+R. I did finalize all three disks before I tried them somewhere else.

Scottnot
02-25-2008, 03:26 PM
I'm out of ideas.

Graz35
02-25-2008, 03:33 PM
Sorry, I didn't realize it was going to be this big of a problem. I have no problems with taping things and watching them on on that DVD player. We were trying to tape something for my wife to bring to work and that is why we were trying to get it to work on other DVD players. Thank you for at least getting it to work for me on that DVD player. I will buy different brands just to see if any of them will work.

Graz35
02-25-2008, 03:57 PM
Yeah, I am talking to my wife and she just informed me that she tried the disks at her computer at work and it actually worked. I guess that they just didn't want to work on my other DVD player or computer.

Scottnot
02-25-2008, 06:54 PM
Yeah, I am talking to my wife and she just informed me that she tried the disks at her computer at work and it actually worked. I guess that they just didn't want to work on my other DVD player or computer.
At least you got some "good news" along with all of the "bad" news.

I've used a lot of Memorex -Rs and have never had a failure (also used quite a few TDK -Rs with Lightscribe) with never a problem.
My recorder is Philips DVDR3475/37 ($120-130 at various places).