Recorders and Players
Recorder Player Problems? Ask a Technician for Answers ASAP
DVD recorder/player is a Panasonic DMR-EZ49VEB
TV set is a Panasonic (LCD) TX-L37S10B
Don't recall doing so - it was some time ago. Handbook is vague - merely says "select appropriate AV input to suit the connections to this unit". Menu offers AV1 AV2/S, AV3/S. After failure, went back to HDMI connection between TIVO and set with SCART connection from AV1TV on DVD set to AV2 socket on TV as per handbook. Removed SCART connections between DVD and TIVO for simplicity after failure. It will take me a few minutes to replace it and further time to select right AV input by trial and error. Can I get back to you tomorrow PM ? Or do you have further advice now ?
OK. Now available. Have replaced SCART lead between DVD player and TIVO as per diagram in TV handbook. Single TIVO socket to AV2 (EXT) described as for "connection to an external unit". What do I do now ? If I switch on the TIVO and go to "My Shows", select the wanted recording, switch on the DVD player, insert disc, call up AV menu and click on AV2 then press Play on (both ?) remote(s); will I then get a recording ? You will see from this that I really don't know what I am doing. Walk me through it, please.
Have now started the process and DVD indicates it is recording. Will wait to end of programme (90 min approx., then try playing back. Will report back - hopefully reporting success. Not sure if I can also watch TV on terrestrial at same time. Should be able to but loth to screw up recording.in process of finding out.
Let recording run for 120 minutes whilst taking a long phone call. Stopped it. Extracted disc. Opened and replaced disc. Selected "DVD! on AV. Display flashed up "No Disc" then reverted to AV2. Switched off DVD player for a minute or two then tried again, Same result. Pressed "Play" and display showed count up but no picture, either on AV/DVD or AV2. Washout ! I recently had installed a new Freeview aerial and the technician told me that it was impossible to record to DVD from a Virgin box. Didn't believe him but it is looking that way. Comments ?
Technician previously mentioned set up for me to record from normal TV but have not yet tried it. Will do so tomorrow and report back. Yes, I have a spare HDMI cable.
Will try to record normal TV tomorrow. In pain just now (Sciatica) and wanting my bed. Note that the Virgin TIVO only has one HDMI socket and that has the connection to the TV. Don't know if a splitter would serve. Will get back to you tomorrow. Meanwhile, thanks for your efforts.
OK; busy day but had time to try copying normal TV to DVD and made numerous attempts without success. Display showed recording taking place but playback was blank. Tried various approaches, including following the handbook as religiously as possible (difficult because assumes you are familiar with the nomenclature but I tried different interpretations). I noted that some of the controls on the DVD remote did not seem to work - for example I could pull up the AV menu but the up/down etc and OK buttons did not work so the problem may lie with the DVD player. I also noted I was using DVD/RAM discs. Perhaps I should buy some DVD/RW discs to try (although I had previous success with such discs when recording from Sky. I also tried (on the remote) both the Rec and Direct TV Record buttons; both switched the display to recording time elapsed but neither got the TV content on to the disc for viewing. Whilst playing, I also tried other AV settings to see if I got content on one of those.
I think I have reached the end of my .abilities here - I will try and bribe my son-in-law and/or my grandson to give it a go, I have certainly reached the end of my patience and am now giving up.
Thanks for your patience. As to trying the HDMI link, I explained theat the only socket is in use to connect the Tivo to the TV. If I shift this to connect directly to the DVD player then I can not call up the item I want to re-record onto the TV screen for selection. This suggests some kind of splitter would be needed and I have not checked if such an item is available locally. (Robert Dyas shop has a reasonable selection of TV and Computer accessories).
I rate your service at 4 stars. I would have awarded a fifth (and this, forgive me, is hindsight) if you had tried to find out what my level of technical knowledge was at the outset. I don't even know what these initials (HDMI, AV etc) stand for !