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Good morning Nick, welcome to the HD recording forum. Folks here have lots of experience with your equipment, so I'm sure we'll get you going.
The symptoms you describe don't narrow things down to one probable cause yet, so I'll ask a few questions.
Is the TU-DST50's output switch (on the back panel) set to one of the hidef settings, and are you successfully viewing the component output on your HDTV?
Did you set the "D-VHS" switch on the HD1000 to "HS"? It's behind the door on the left.
If the above setup items are ok then it's just a question of which device is not working, so here's a list of possible causes:
1) Weak iLink connection.
There are two modes of communication on the iLink. One is control/status which must occur before anything else can happen. In your case that is working ok. The other is the actual video bitstream. Sometimes the iLink connection is good enough for control/status but not good enough for the bitstream. Try a different, preferably shorter, iLink cable. Check the jack on the HD1000 closely. They often become loose and unreliable. If the plug slides in and out too easily, or if you can wiggle the plug around while it's in the jack, then the jack could easily be the source of the problem. The jack on the DST50 is less likely to be damaged, but should be checked as well.
2) Dirty or worn heads.
This is probably the next most likely problem. The demo machines are weak recorders and strong players, so your machine may be worn sufficiently to prevent successful recording. If you have access to a known good DVHS recording, you may find that it will work in your machine. If that's the case then you will likely need to clean and possibly replace the heads.
If, after the above, nothing is changed, then you'll need to substitute another STB or recorder to narrow things down to one device.
That should be enough to get things starte
Analog -- Always out of adjustment.
Digital -- Always one more bug.