I’m not sure that it has anything to do with the digital conversion or not, but ever since I used my converter box to scan and program in all the new digital channels, my Panasonic VCR/DVD player no longer works. It won’t respond to most commands on the remote, and won’t show a DVD or VHS on the TV. A tape plays in the machine, and you can fast forward-rewind-stop, change recording speeds, etc., but nothing shows up on the screen. I haven’t changed any connections. A movie used to simply cut right in when using any of the digital channels until recently.
We tried all the reset ideas suggested in this forum as well as in the book, but nothing helps. I can’t access the functions or any on-screen commands or menus. I can’t even change the TV/VHS select control.
Probably just time for a new unit??? Just thought I’d post this in case anyone has any suggestions. The unit is 4 years old and has been pretty much trouble-free except for one time when we had trouble playing DVD’s but were able to reset the unit.
The problems you’ve encountered are most likely related to the converter box connection and/or selection of output/input sources.
If you added a converter box where there was none before you will no longer be tuning/recording by changing channels with the DMR-ES40V remote. The DMR-ES40V must be set in such a way as to [I]passively receive signals from the converter box.[/I] To put it another way, the DMR-ES40V needs to be “enslaved” to the converter box.
After setting up the DMR-ES40V to be enslaved to the converter box, channel tuning/channel changing will be accomplished only through the converter box remote control.
Coupon Eligible Converter Boxes (for use with an antenna) and most cable company converter boxes usually provide two (or more) outputs that may be used to input a signal to your DMR-ES40V. The two most commonly used output/input connections are the threaded coax cable connector or the press on yellow (video) and white/red (audio) cables/jacks.
If the converter box threaded coax cable output is connected to your DMR-ES40V coax cable input then the signal source will be channel 3 or 4 (depending upon what â€œoutput channelâ€ has been selected in a converter box menu or through a switch on the rear panel of the converter box). First, you should set the DMR-ES40V to channel 3 for viewing the channels as tuned by the converter box. If no picture is found on channel 3 then change to channel 4 for viewing the channels as tuned by the converter box. Thereafter you will tune the channels with the converter box remote.
If the yellow/white/red converter box outputs are connected to a corresponding set of yellow/white/red inputs, LINE IN 1 on the rear or LINE IN 2 on the front of your DMR-ES40V, then that LINE IN needs to be selected as the signal source for your viewing with the INPUT SELECT button on your Panasonic remote. That selection may also be made through the Panasonic Channel Up/Down buttons. Thereafter you will tune the channels with the converter box remote.
Your DMR-ES40V should remain connected to your TV in the same way as before. If that connection is through the coax cable the DMR-ES40V need not be powered on for viewing channels selected by the converter box. If that connection is through the yellow/white/red cables the DMR-ES40V and the converter box must be powered on for viewing the channels selected by the converter box.
For SCHEDULE menu recording the CHANNEL will be set to whichever input or channel you have selected for inputting the signal from the converter box. These are INI 1 or INI 2 or CH 3 or CH 4. Then you tune the converter box to the channel you wish to record and power the DMR-ES40V off before the recording is scheduled to begin.