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The far left socket on the digital board is not used. It's probably a service connection. From left to right connections are as follows:
1) not connected
2) to iLink jack
3) to head amp CBA
4) to head amp CBA
5) to main CBA
Make sure the switch on front panel left side (behind door) is in HS mode. Hit the 'input' button on the remote till the recorder display shows 'dTU'.
To be certain the STB is communicating properly start the recording from the DST50/51 menu.
When you start playback the DST50/51 will stop showing the antenna program and will display 'DVHS Playing' in little white boxes on the upper right of the screen. Shortly after that you should see 'DVHS 59-1' or some such in little blue boxes on the upper right. If none of this happens then the iLink connection is probably not working. If control and the little white boxes work but no blue boxes or picture then it could be a noisy iLink connection, clogged or worn heads, bad pinch roller, or you're using a used tape with analog VHS recorded on it.
The stuff I've suggested are just the most likely causes in typical situations where the recorder stops working. A recorder you've never seen work, with an unknown background, may have been damaged or mistreated in some way, and that's much harder to diagnose.