01-24-2012 12:33 PM
Thanks. My order for the Steren RF modulator has been placed. When I get it, I'll have to see how that works connected to my "record through" converter box, the TV, and the Toshiba unit. The advantage of the RF modulator will be is if the recording devices in the house ever get switched around and my Toshiba unit somehow winds up downstairs, then the Toshiba device will be able to be connected to the TVs downstairs. The Zenith console TV has audio jacks for connection to external speakers but not a video jack. And the 1980s vintage Hitachi tube TV only has an antenna connection.
01-25-2012 06:06 PM
I just got the Stern RF modulator I ordered today! And I had just ordered it yesterday! Right now, I have it connected to my TV, "record through" converter box, and my old VCR for a test run before I set up my Toshiba unit. So far, there's no problem viewing my "record through" converter box on channel 3. Now, I'll just have to see how it does when I record my cartoon tomorrow morning.
01-26-2012 05:21 PM
The "record through" converter box worked just fine but nothing got recorded this morning except for 30 minutes of dead air. In other words, the "record through" converter box was not "viewable" through my old VCR. I thought maybe the setup on page 22 of the Toshiba manual only worked on the Toshiba unit so I finally set that up and programmed my cartoons to record on the VCR side. I later figured out that in order for it to actually record, I had to press the "timer set" button on the remote. I'll see how that records in the morning. However, I had some problems when I tried to watch a commercial DVD on the unit later. Even after I took the DVD out after I watched the selection on it that I wanted, it kept reading that there was a DVD in the tray and it wouldn't let me switch back to VCR mode. When I called Toshiba support, they told me to unplug the unit and press the power button for 20 seconds while it was unplugged. When I plugged it back in, it was fine though I had to reset the clock and all my timer recordings. The person at Toshiba support told me that if I wanted to watch a DVD movie again in the future, I would need to take the tape out first. Otherwise the unit will lock up again. As for the old VCR, I figured that apparently the RF jacks could be used exclusively or in combination with the color coded audio/video jacks but apparently the audio/video jacks can't be used exclusively without the RF jacks which was what I was trying to do in order to duplicate the setup that would be used on the Toshiba unit.
Anyway, let this be a warning to anyone else who is using the Toshiba DVR620 unit. If you want to watch a DVD and you already have a tape in the unit, take the tape out first before inserting the DVD! And it probably goes the other way around too. If you already have a DVD in the unit and you want to watch a tape, take the DVD out first before inserting the tape! Otherwise the unit will lock up!
01-26-2012 10:59 PM
Let's just see how it records. It locked up once again and I had to unplug the unit and reset it. This time I figured out that if I want to watch a DVD, I could set the timer programs but just don't hit the "timer set" button or insert the tape until I'm down watching the DVD. Apparently in order to access other functions while the unit is in "timer standby" mode, I have to cancel "timer standby" mode first. There's detailed instructions on how to do that on page 41 of the Toshiba manual.