I recently bought and installed a home theater system (RCA RT2500R),
and am currently having problems interacting with the VCR. I cannot
seem to record any source, and can only play tapes when an S-video
cable leading to
the tv is removed. I'm guessing the problem is either in the VCR's
configuration or it may not be possible, but to solve this, I'll
explain the entire setup. This may get tedious as I explain the entire
setup, but hopefully it's enough detail to solve the problem.
First off, the manual for the home theater unit (here on out, I'll
just call it "receiver") is here:
http://www.rca.com/documents/RT2500_IB_ENG_47216_25.pdf Page 7 of the
pdf shows the back of the unit. The following is a list of components
and how they are attached.
Components, and how they connect to the Home Theater receiver (view
pdf while reading):
- 1 general electric VCR with RCA in/out (2 sets total) connected to
the receiver's provided RCA jacks (2 sets) as directed in the
receiver's manual (rca out from VCR hooked to the "play" ports, rca in
from VCR hooked to the "rec" ports).
- 1 panasonic DVD player, connected to the receiver's DVD s-video
jack, audio connected to optical 2 port via optical digital cable.
- 1 DirecTivo (combo DirecTv satellite receiver and TiVo recorder)
unit connected to receiver's SAT s-video jack, audio connected to
optical 1 port via optical digital cable.
- 1 Mitsubishi 27" TV (about 4 years old, don't know the model
number), that has two sets of RCA ports and a s-video input on the
back. Currently connected to the receiver via both the s-video and a
single rca video cable. All audio is handled by the home theater.
Typical use of the system:
I watch satellite tv, either live or recorded shows on the tivo combo
unit, most of the time. It works perfectly with the sound playing
through the theater system (set to SAT as input) and the picture clear
and crisp via the s-video connections. Occasionaly I watch DVDs, and
the receiver over to the DVD input on the remote plays movies
problem arises when I want to watch a VCR tape and less
frequently, record something from the satellite television signal.
The VCR Playback Problem:
At first, I only had the s-video cable running between the TV and the
receiver, figuring all inputs into the receiver could be output via
that single cable, but when I set the receiver to "VCR1" and played a
tape in the VCR, I could not see any video (audio played through the
receiver fine). I only got a picture on my TV when I attached the rca
video out cable from the receiver to the TV and disconnected the
s-video from the back of the TV (The TV can't seem to figure out which
cable is the one carrying signal and switch itself, I have to
physically do it by hand). That's a minor pain, but I can still watch
tapes occasionally and deal with it.
The VCR Record Problem:
I can't seem to record anything, period, and this is the reason for
this question. Since the s-video/rca problem exists, if I plug both
the s-video and rca cables from the receiver to the TV, and play
television from the sat dish, hitting record on the VCR, then stopping
it, taking out the s-video to watch it and switching the receiver to
VCR reveals that it tapes nothing at all. If
I disconnect the s-video cable while the sat dish is the input, I can
hear sound but see no picture, and when I record with the VCR I also
Ideally, I'd like to tape things from the sat dish, but it doesn't
seem possible with the current setup. How can I set things up so this
works? Is my TV the limitation? Is the home theater system the
bottleneck? Image quality and sound quality are a priority, so I would
not like to daisy-chain the devices together, but if that's the only
way for the VCR to see the sat signal, I will do it for special cases
(when I really, really have to tape something).