You know, I like to think that I'm pretty good at putting things together and hooking things up. I will admit, however, that I'm one of those people that does it and then reads the instructions if it doesn't work (except for furniture and hot wheels tracks - ALWAYS read those instructions first! lol). When it comes to TVs, VCRs, DVD Players, surround sound systems and the like, I get a little lost.
Well, our home entertainment system has me completely mystified. It works quite well, but depending on what you want to do, you have to know the secret combination.
If you want TV, just turn on the tube. Simple.
If you want to play a tape in the VCR, set the TV to channel three, put the tape in and press play. Simple.
If you want stereo sound with the movie, turn on the stereo and put it on LD. Fairly simple.
If you want to play a DVD, however, it's a whole new ball game.
You have to...
Turn on the TV
Set it to channel 3
Turn on the Stereo to LD
Turn on the DVD player
Put in the disk
Turn on the VCR
Start playing a tape on the VCR
(at this point, you'll have VCR picture, but DVD sound)
Hit Stop on the VCR (you should now have DVD picture)
Turn the volume all the way down on the TV (it's just fuzz)
Adjust volume on the stereo for your sound
It will NOT work if you forget any of these steps.
Now, I do NOT take responsibility for this. One of Chris' friends hooked it up (Johnny Spankmonkey, in fact, for those who remember him).
I thank my lucky stars that the computer, monitor, printer, answering machine and all of that other shit isn't wired into this nightmare.
I don't DARE unplug anything for fear that nothing would work from that point on.
It's simply amazing.