I've not worked with a stand alone dvd player for more than a few hours yet, but it sounds to me like one of 2 or 3 things is happening. Either the dvd HAS reprogrammed the tv (I don't know how old it is, so I don't know if the tv is even capable of being "reprogrammed". Some people today claim something that's only 3 or 4 years old is OLD. To me, when you say it's an old tv, it's from the `70's, or beyond.); there's too many device (vcr, dvd) wires connected to the back of the tv, possibly to the same inputs, like the screw in things you talked about; or your telly can't take more than one input. Here at the house, I have two vcr's hooked up to the same tv and I have them set up piggy back style. The cable (from outside) goes into the "master deck", the signal from that deck goes into the "slave" deck and the signal from that goes into the tv. I'm pretty sure I culd just as easily put a dvd somewhere in there and still have everything work. Our tv is only about 5 years old, if that, and, as most modern tv's (up to about 15 years old, maybe more) do, only has one set of inputs and no outputs. Why this is, I know not. You'd think that, with all the miriad devices and gizmos we now have to plug into the tv they'd give us a few more jacks to plug into. Two things that I can think of that you can do: 1) piggy back your decks. Experiment and see which set up (dvd master/vcr slave or vcr master/dvd slave) will allow you to use both decks. I have a feeling it's going to be the latter, because, when you set up the dvd again into the tv it will take the vcr signal (and all other signals going into it) and change it into it's own signal and you won't have to readjust anything everytime you want to play the vcr through it, but it could just as well be the former. Or, 2) get a stereo amplifier sort of thing that will take tv, vcr and dvd inputs and outputs and put both devices through that and the amp into the tv. That way, they will both work seperately without stepping on each other's signal. My stereo's amp is about 20 years old and it has tv and vcr ins and outs. My brother's amp is at least 27 years old and it has them too. They didn't have dvd's then, so we don't have ins for that, but I think the vcr ins would also work for dvd, but only if dvd's pump out the same format of signal as vcr's. For instance: when I got my first stand alone turntable (all others I've had were part of a consol) I plugged it into my dad's consol stereo where I normally plugged in the cassette deck and tried to play records that way (just until I had the chance to go out the next week and bought the amp). Because the turtable puts out a different kind of signal than the cassette deck it wouldn't make any sound through the cassette ins. So, if the dvd produces a different kind of signal than the vcr it can't be run through the vcr ins on the amp. RCA lines should work nicely for it, so you don't necessarily HAVE to use coaxials except, MAYBE to go from amp to tv. Hope this helps. Dale For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.