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    Ok so just bought a new tv for my nanna and grandad, but only just realised it only has one scart socket.

    They have virgin media, dvd and a good old VHS.

    I have managed to set it up and get the virgin and dvd player working fine but i couldn't suss out how to get the VHS working aswell.

    Would they need a scart adapter as the tv only has one scart socket or is there just something that i'm not doing right??

    I've had a quick search on some tv forums but haven't managed to find the answer.

    Thanks in advance for any help, rep will be given for genuine help

    11 Comments

    some vhs/dvd players have 2 scarts in the back which would enable you to pass one through the other as it were,but tbh,with 3 devices just get a splitter-easiest way.

    Original Poster

    Yeah the dvd, virgin and vhs boxes all have 2 scarts in the back of each one.

    Ill have another try when i'am next there, i just think i'd tried a couple of different ways and it wasn't working and it started to bug the hell out of me lol, maybe with a fresh mind ill manage to do it straight away

    barky

    some vhs/dvd players have 2 scarts in the back which would enable you to … some vhs/dvd players have 2 scarts in the back which would enable you to pass one through the other as it were,but tbh,with 3 devices just get a splitter-easiest way.

    If the TV has an analogue tuner (perhaps unlikely) then you could tune in to the VHS through the RF output.

    If barkly's suggestion doesn't apply to your setup then you could always get a auto switching scart box (like this).

    Banned

    yuo sure the TV doesnt have an hdmi socket too. TV must be years old if it only has 1 scart.

    Original Poster

    Yeah has hdmi sockets aswell but they don't have anything which uses hdmi just yet.

    The tv is one of lg's 2010 models, so not years old

    csiman

    yuo sure the TV doesnt have an hdmi socket too. TV must be years old if … yuo sure the TV doesnt have an hdmi socket too. TV must be years old if it only has 1 scart.

    Original Poster

    Which would i link with the cable box, the dvd or vcr? Or does it not matter?

    dcx_badass

    YOu can link them in series, and pass them through each other, just need … YOu can link them in series, and pass them through each other, just need to sit down and logically think it through.

    Buy them an upscaling DVD player and a cheap hdmi cable for a start as they will notice a massive improvement in picture quality and it will remove one of the scarts.

    I can't remember the order for a satellite/vhs scart pass through. It would either be Virgin > VHS so you can record off the scart input or VHS > Virgin with the aerial output looped from the virgin to vhs to TV with the vhs having the virgin box tuned as a standard channel.

    EDIT:
    Forgot to add Virgin > VHS scart may have issues as when the VHS player is turned on it will take over the scart making you unable to watch Virgin. The third option is Virgin has the scart and you do an aeriel loop through from virgin to the VHS (which you tune as a normal channel) then from VHS to TV (tune the TV to pick up VHS as a normal channel). This way if you want to put the DVD player through the Virgin box you can as it won't have the copy protection some VHS players used to have to stop you recording DVD's.
    Edited by: "Ungreat" 25th Aug 2010

    csiman

    yuo sure the TV doesnt have an hdmi socket too. TV must be years old if … yuo sure the TV doesnt have an hdmi socket too. TV must be years old if it only has 1 scart.



    Unfortunately not true, many new TV's have only one Scart socket these days, a cost cutting exercise on the part of manufacturers.

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    Ungreat

    Buy them an upscaling DVD player and a cheap hdmi cable for a start as … Buy them an upscaling DVD player and a cheap hdmi cable for a start as they will notice a massive improvement in picture quality and it will remove one of the scarts.I can't remember the order for a satellite/vhs scart pass through. It would either be Virgin > VHS so you can record off the scart input or VHS > Virgin with the aerial output looped from the virgin to vhs to TV with the vhs having the virgin box tuned as a standard channel.EDIT:Forgot to add Virgin > VHS scart may have issues as when the VHS player is turned on it will take over the scart making you unable to watch Virgin. The third option is Virgin has the scart and you do an aeriel loop through from virgin to the VHS (which you tune as a normal channel) then from VHS to TV (tune the TV to pick up VHS as a normal channel). This way if you want to put the DVD player through the Virgin box you can as it won't have the copy protection some VHS players used to have to stop you recording DVD's.


    agree with getting an hdmi dvd player for around £20-£30

    I thought virgin boxes had hdmi out now anyway

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    Unfortunately not true, many new TV's have only one Scart socket these … Unfortunately not true, many new TV's have only one Scart socket these days, a cost cutting exercise on the part of manufacturers.


    I actually meant new ones would at least have other connectors apart from just a single scart.....

    perhaps not but cant see how anyone would buy a new tv these days with just 1 scart input

    csiman

    I actually meant new ones would at least have other connectors apart from … I actually meant new ones would at least have other connectors apart from just a single scart.....perhaps not but cant see how anyone would buy a new tv these days with just 1 scart input



    scart is on old analogue connection. doesnt carry digital or HD signal, also only used in uk and europe.
    its getting phased out
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