~~ Xfering from VHS / VCR ~~ Help!

Hi there,
Just stumbled on this forum, hope you guys can help!
I’m trying to transfer my old VHS movies to DVD. I have PINNACLE card and editing, and the latest NERO stuff to burn.
Problem is, I can’t seem to get either software to recognize my VCR, and transfer the tape into my computer.
What am I doing wrong?

I apologize for being “blond” about this stuff… but I have only a couple days left to do this xmas gift for my dad.

Are there any digital rights situations associated with the copy? If so, the encoding might keep it from being recorded.