Samsung Smart TV & VCR Hookup

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    topcat84

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    Hi Guys!
    I have a Panasonic VCR that I would like to view old basketball, football games that I recorded in the past. I tried hooking it up recently and get nothing but a message saying “Weak Connection” or “Check Your Connection”. My equipment consists of a 2011 Samsung Smart TV, a Sony Blu-ray player, and a mini Genie. My TV came with a Small green device with 2 prongs that plugs into the AV/In and Component plugs and it has 5 cables. Red, Yellow & White (I assume for video) and 2 cables that are Red and White, (I assume for Audio). Anyway......this is how I always hooked it up before. Connect the TV’s input component video cables (Red, Yellow, White), to the VCR’s Outputs. I then turn the TV on, make sure the source is on Component or AV and turn the channel to either 3 or 4. It’s weird because the other day when I initially connected everything it worked perfectly for a while and then later on I started getting the “Weak Signal” or “No Connection” message. I’ve tried hooking things up in every way imaginable and now I’m not getting anything. Can someone explain how to hook this up as though I’m a 5 year old, which lately I’m feeling like! LOL! Thanks in advance for any help you might give me.
     
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    Michael H..

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    Depending upon the models of both your TV and in particular the VCR, you may be experiencing copy protection issues.
    Simultaneous HDMI and secondary connections used for the VCR render the secondary connections disabled.
    This is a designed-in feature to prevent copying HDCP to storage media, such as Blu-Ray to VCR.
    The cables you described are "composite", not component, the distinction being that composite does not carry HD, and they are yellow (video) and red / white (audio channels), rather than RBG (component HD video) for which the separate red / white cables still provide audio.
    In any event, try disconnecting all the HDMI at the TV input (HDMI connected at the TV and not connected at a device is still detected by the TV) for all other devices, and give this a try.
     
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    topcat84

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    Thanks SO much! I’ll give that a try! Cheers!
     
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    jimmie57

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    I don't think you should change the channel. When you do that it gets it's signal from an outside antenna if you have 1 hooked up.
    I have a DVD player that uses component cables and when I hook them up it works just by changing the input to where I made the connection. My TV is a 2016 4k Samsung. It has a small set of connectors / pigtails that you have to use to get the Component to work.
     
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    topcat84

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    Thanks jimmie57!
     
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    Delroy E Walleye

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    Many tuners in TVs, while able to receive (digital) ATSC signals, can still receive analog NTSC signals (such as those from most non-digital VCRs) through their antenna inputs.

    If you were using your TV's antenna input connected to the VCR, make sure the "VCR/TV" setting on the VCR is set to "VCR."

    (The "TV" setting would be for antenna pass-thru, allowing for the watching of live TV while taping another program.)
     
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    topcat84

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    Thanks for trying to help, guys! I’ve tried all the suggestions, but it still doesn’t work. It’s so weird since when I used it several weeks ago, it worked fine! Cheers!
     
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    jimmie57

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    Have you tried the VCR on another TV to see if it is still working ?
     
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    richall01

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    How old are the wires? You could have a break in one.
     
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    Yes! Unfortunately.....it’s an even newer Samsung tv. It’s just so weird that it worked fine after first hooking it up and then it wasn’t.
     
  11. topcat84

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    Yes! I’ve tried several composite and component cables. I even tried an optical cable and disconnected all other cables from the tv. I also saw on YouTube where it was good to only connect a coaxial cable from the tv to the vcr, but that didn’t work either. Thanks!
     
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    Something has to be just ever so slightly different from when it worked and now.
    I had a set of Component cables once that I used on my older Samsung TV. I got no picture at all. I was upset with that so I unplugged every cable and tried again making sure all the colors matched where I plugged them. Still no picture.
    As I sat there in disgust I noticed that one cable was not in the socket as far as the rest. I pushed it a little bit harder and it moved about 1/16 of an inch. There was the picture.
    Have you been into the settings on the TV and see if there is something that allows or not allows using those cables, maybe a resolution that is set to not allow the lower one that is coming out of the VCR ?

    What is the actual model number of the TV ? We can look at the manual for it to see if there is anything that might be causing this.
     
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    Thanks jimmie57! The Model number is UN55D6000. I haven’t tried doing anything with the resolution since I didn’t know that would make a difference. Thanks again!
     
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    I do seem to remember that a message appeared a couple of times on the tv saying it didn’t support that particular resolution, but I didn’t know what that meant. Thanks!
     
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    Take a look at page 10 of this online manual. https://downloadcenter.samsung.com/...41/[UD6000_6050-ZC]BN68-03330B-01L02-0221.pdf

    See if you are using 1 of those methods in the diagram.

    If all of that is correct, then do this , in order it is written. This will have you do all that should work, then when you unplug the vcr and plug it back in, all settings are correct for it.
    Check the cable connections. Remove and reconnect all cables connected to the TV and external devices. y Set the video outputs of your external devices (Cable/Sat Box, DVD, Blu-ray etc) to match the TV input connections. For example, if an external device’s output is HDMI, it should be connected to an HDMI input on the TV.
    Make sure your connected devices are powered on.
    Be sure to select the correct input source by pressing the SOURCE button on the remote control.

    Reboot the connected device by unplugging and then reconnecting the device’s power cable.
     
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    Okay! Thanks for all your help, jimmie57! I’ll try to do those things when I get home and let you know if it works! Cheers!
     
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    There is only 1 plug that goes into the TV as shown on the left side of page 10. It is on the adapter / pigtail with 5 connections. You plug the 5 cables into each other and then the 1 cable plugs into the TV as shown.
     
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    The adapter I have is light green and has 2 prongs that are inserted into the TV. One small prong and then a larger one. On the other end is the 5 connecting wires. Sorry for all the trouble!
     

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