Getting TV Signal to show through Magnavox DVD recorder
Briefly had one of the new Cisco Contour HD receiver cable TV boxes to replace my obsolete Scientific Atlanta Explorer. With that old one, I had it connected via coaxial cable to my old Magnavox ZV457MG9 DVD/VHS tape recorder, and that recorder was then connected by coaxial cable to my Dynex TV. To simply watch cable TV, I would set the Dynex's "Input Source" setting to "TV" and then use a universal remote to change the cable box channels. When I wanted to record a program, I'd turn on the Magnavox recorder, set the Dynex's "Input Source" setting to "Component (DVD)" and then record the program as needed.
With the new Cisco Contour, I first hooked it up exactly the same way with the incoming / outgoing coaxial cables to the Magnavox and Dynex, but no signal appeared on the Dynex, either when I had it set to the "TV" input source, or with the Magnavox on and the Dynex set to "Component (DVD)." I tried running the HDMI cord supplied with the Cisco Contour to the Magnavox, and the old coaxial from the Magnavox to the Dynex. Same no signal result. Switched the input source to "HDMI1," didn't fix anything.
When I ran the HDMI cord straight from the Cisco Contour straight to the Dynex with the input source being "HDMI1, the TV signal came in just find, but then I was bypassing the Magnavox altogether.
I exchanged several emails with Cox reps about this lack of being able to see a signal coming through the Magnavox, and they ultimately concluded that the first Cisco Contour box was defective, and I needed to swap it for another one. Got it today, same inability to apparently get a signal through the turned-off Magnavox, or when it is turned on.
So is there something different in this new Cisco Contour setup that is not the same as the old Scientific Atlanta Explorer box setup, when it comes to recording a program on a DVD recorder, or with this specific old Magnavox recorder?