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"No signal" message when trying to play VCR on my Sony 36XS955 HELP  

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I'll try to explain this as best as I can. I have had my Sony since October and love the set a lot. However, this morning the strangest thing happened. My wife played one of here workout tapes fine and turned everything off. When I turned the set back on, I wanted to make sure I had everything programmed tonight on the VCR before heading to work. The thing is, when I hit the TV/VTR button I got the black screen and no signal message. I have my VCR set up through the main cable line, so the cable first goes to the VCR and then to the set. So, basically I just turn on channel 4 on the TV and press play to watch a tape. I made sure and did some testing and verified that the VCR is in fact working. I first took the cable going into the TV and sent it to a small TV/VCR combo that I have, and it worked perfectly fine on that. Second, I also took a video cable and fed it from the VCR to the VIDEO 2 on the front of my set and sure enough I was able to get a picture from the VCR this way. Now true, I do have a free slot on Video 4 and could hook up my VCR to play through this way, but I of course should not have to. What worries me even more is that I tried my Nintendo which the only way I can play through the TV is through the cable since it has an RF unit and sure enough it did the same thing of no signal. Yes on both the VCR and NES I made sure that they were set to ch. 4 On the VCR I also tried switching the VCR to ch.3 and that resulted the same. This has never occurred before with the set.

Has anyone else incurred such a problem with this set or another SOny and has a thought or solution as to what they had to do. Otherwise it looks like I would have to of course call the serviceman to come and take a look at it. Thanks for any insight everyone.
post #2 of 4
try the antenna button, that will toggle between antenna and cable input on the TV

also connecting the VCR through composite (yellow video cable) will give a much better picture than using the coax cable input

I would switch even though you do not want to

you should want to use the highest quality video possible(per source) when using a HDTV

furthermore bypassing the VCR may allow you to receive certain HD local channels through cable, these channels are unencrypted but I am pretty sure the VCR will not pass through the digital source
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Thanks for the reply, unfortunately it is not the ant. button. That did not work. Also, if I am correct, if I try and do the bypass thing I would have to get a splitter if I am correct to lead the cable to the VCR and the TV if I am correct. I would rather stay away from having to use another splitter if I have to. I get enough of the HDTV channels through the CableCard that I have, but thanks for the thought.
Anyone else experience like this problem, or I will definitely make a call to service since it is under warranty :)
post #4 of 4
trying a $5 splitter may solve your problem

have you tried making sure the VCR is outputing the correct output

mine has a line output option for when using composite and for when using coax
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