Originally Posted by jrw45
I have a H2160MW9 HDD DVD recorder, even with the quirks the one question I have and I consider it serious with a possibility I don't have it connected correctly. My system is cable service with a digital to analog converter box because I have an analog TV. The channels which run from 2 to 130 are mixed with analog and digital signals. Most all record to the HDD fine for the exception of the digital channels. They do seem to record but when played back all I get is a lot of loud white noise and screen hash
... Does anyone have fix-it comments for this.Thank you for handling this
Many people with the Mag 2160 have the same situation as you. Your analog TV will be fine and no problem if it has at least one AV (RCA or S-Video) input.
You should try connecting as shown in Sketch 3 here
, with the Mag 2160 1st on the coax. Do an Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital) and see how many channels the 2160 can tune by itself.
Then connect the DTA box from the cableco 2nd on the coax, which will provide that box with the raw cable signal, with its clear and scrambled channels. To record scrambled channels only the box can tune, run the line connection shown in SKetch 3 back to the 2160. For scrambled channels, you'll still have to set both the box and the machine to play/record simultaneously.
If you also read the help file on Scanning channels, you might be able to find MORE digital channels that Comcast (in particular) start with XX.2 or higher on the 2160's tuner. See the Discussion of the "All-or-Nothing" procedure described here
for more details.
Who knows, you may be surprised at how many channels the 2160 can tune. Others have found that Comcast just moved channels to different locations, despite their warnings to the contrary.
If you have more questions on your 2160, they'd be better answered in the main thread for that machine. Click #1 in my signature for a list of the many help files available.