I am a noobie as far as Stand Alone players, so please bear with me if I am asking a dumb question.
I just connected up my brand new Sony VCR/DVD recorder (Model RDR-VX500) to my vintage Magnavox television and a relatively new General Instrument digital cable TV box. For those of you familiar with the Sony VX500 I used the “Basic B” setup in the Quick Start Guide (the Basic A setup didn’t seem to work).
I found out that the only channel that my VCR/DVD system can work with (pre-set) is Channel 3. If I try to record a TV show on any other channel it won’t work, all I get is snow. You see, I need to pre-set my cable box to the desired channel (say for example cable box channel 26) but I have to leave the channel selector on my television set to Channel 3. So to record a television show I have to manually change the cable TV box to the desired channel prior to the recorder kicking in. The recorder thinks that it’s recording a show on Channel 3.
This is a hassle if I want to record several television shows on different channels. I have to remember to manually change the cable box to the desired channel or else all the subsequent recordings are on the same cable TV channel as the first recording, which defeats the idea of automatic recording, especially if I am recording shows that are on TV after I go to bed or when I am out of the house.
What am I missing here? It seems to me that I should be able to schedule the recording of shows on different channels and have the electronics do the work for me.
Thanks for your assistance.