Friday, February 6, 2009

The DVD/VCR saga

UUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH! I'm slightly frustrated. I have a very old tv, it only has ONE coaxial output and NO inputs. And the sound is going out so it's either really loud or quiet. However, the picture works so we still use it. Our solution has been that we just put the coaxial cable into the DVD/VCR combo and hook the coaxial cable from the cable company directly into the DVD/VCR combo and have the av outputs hooked up to a stereo. It has worked. This is the tv that cakes and cookie watch most often. Everything goes through the dvd/vcr combo. However, because it gets used quite often we often have to replace the combo unit. I had to replace it just a few days ago. However, after TWO DAYS of trying to figure this out I have discovered that they no longer make combo units with the coaxial input, this is all due to the digital switchover, blah blah yahdi yahdi crap. I have had to purchase a rf modulator just to have the combo unit work on the tv and now I can't even run my cable through the combo unit so the tv is either really loud or really quiet. This has been unbelievable frustrating. Something that should have consisted of getting a combo unit, go home, hook it up has instead turned into multiple trips to the store. I think we will just move the combo unit from our newer nicer tv downstairs upstairs and get a dvd player only for the tv downstairs. I'm returning the crappy one. I guess when the one that is downstairs goes out then the kids will just have to deal with no more videos and we might just need to get a new tv at that point. Oh, and did I mention our microwave went out the other day as well?. . .

Edit: we moved the combo unit from downstairs to upstairs and it is working great, we also found a great dvd player at best buy for $40.00. The cost of all the other crap? $80.00 combo unit, $20.00 rf modulator, $8.00 universal remote, yep, almost $110.00 for something that did not even work, we're saving $70.00 by ditching the videos.

7 comments:

G'ma Nasus said...

Try: ebay, Craigs List & Overstock.com

Nobody™ said...

I agree with checking Craigs List. Look for another TV on there that has the inputs you need. Someone has to be upgrading to a flat screen and looking to dump an older TV that still works fine.

groovyoldlady said...

Whoa...was that post in English?

I'm rather tv illiterate. I see however, that you were frustrated: My consolations to you and your family!

Meritt said...

I'm so confused. LOL.

One of the [blessings]? of giving up TV in 1998 is that I've been able to remain blissfully unaware of all this 'change over' stuff.

I know we have tv's in the house. I know we have Direct TV so for whatever reason this doesn't affect us.

That's all I know.

I read books. I use the computer. I don't do tv so I'm absolutely confused at this whole post. LOL.

leslie the licorice stick lady said...

All I can say is WHOA. Dave bought a DVD player at a pawn shop yesterday and managed to loose the remote. Hope we can find it. Life is full of disappointments and struggles. Thankfully it also has a good amount of pleasures too.

Cheer34 said...

technology sucks

HoosierGirl5 said...

I know nothing about that stuff. I rely on the "experts" in my life: my brother-in-law and/or Steven.

Hope it all works somehow.

J.

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