I seem to have misunderstood the Funai quote I put in my thread. I thought that Funai were making Toshiba recorders and had produced there own manual for them - so it's par for the course in manual land.
I am not tryinfg to copy vid to DVD. The problem (mine that is) is more fundamental - trying to record from telly to video. There seems to be a subtle sequence needed when trying to record and my senior moments are not quick enough to take it on board. Therefore, sometimes I am succesful in making a recording and at other times not. It is so infuriating.
I think I have cracked the problem and voila! It doesn't work. ;-(
The connections are fine I haven't changed them through my various attempts to record and not record.
Tonight I managed to make three succesful recordings snippets, and you know what, I'm still not sound on the pracess. it has something to do with when I press AV1 > OK
I need someone to video my attempts
Thanks for your insights folks and i shall look at the various thread as mentioned above
I'll keep you posted as to my success or lack of it
It is a pity that the old adage is not followed by manuals writers
Write it - give it to your granma/grandad and if they can successfully follow the instructions - then It works
Or in educational terms: Write the manual as an instruction set and start every instruction with an active verb - The manual boffins have PHds up to there armpits but a total lack of practical commonsense.
But enough. Cheers and thanks again