Gateway AR-230 User Manual

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Gateway DVD Recorder
user'sguide
AR-230
Setting up
Configuring

Contents

1 Checking Out Your DVD Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Compatible discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Safety information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Display panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Installing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
2 Connecting Your DVD Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Understanding video connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Connecting a TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Using composite video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Using S-Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Using component video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Connecting audio components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Using analog audio output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Using coaxial digital output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Using optical digital output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Connecting a VCR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Connecting a camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
3 Using Your DVD Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Setting the date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Playing a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Controlling DVD, VCD, and SVCD playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Controlling audio CD and MP3 playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Controlling JPEG playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Controlling slideshow playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Recording a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Recording a TV channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Recording from a VCR or camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Setting up a timed recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Editing a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Renaming a title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Protecting a title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
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Overwriting a title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Erasing a title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Using Disc Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Setting parental controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Setting a password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Resetting the password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Using the Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
4 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Getting help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
ASpecifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
B Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
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Checking Out
Your DVD
Recorder
Read this chapter to learn about:
DVD recorder features and accessories
Safety information
Ports, jacks, and connectors
Display panel
Remote control
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Features

Composite video, S-Video, and component video outputs
Composite video, S-Video, and DV Link (IEEE 1394) inputs
Optical and coaxial digital audio jacks
Playback of most discs, including CD, DVD, VCD, and SVCD
Record DVD+R and DVD+RW discs for TV, VCR, and camcorder
Disc Tools providing easy to follow instructions for playing and recording
discs
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Compatible discs

Your DVD recorder can play the following types of discs:
DVD-Video with the regional code 1 (North America)
DVD-R/RW recorded in DVD-Video format and finalized
DVD+R/RW recorded in DVD-Video format and finalized
VCD
Audio CD
CD-R/RW
Your DVD recorder can record on the following types of discs:
DVD+R
DVD+RW
Your DVD recorder cannot play:
Unfinalized discs
Features
DVDs with a regional code other than 1 (North America)
DVD-RW discs recorded in VR format
DVD-ROM
DVD AUDIO
CD-ROM
PHOTO CD
SACD
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Package contents

In addition to your DVD recorder, the shipping package contains:
Remote control
AC power cord
Composite audio/video cable
RF (coaxial) cable
2 AAA batteries
User’s guide

Accessories

You can purchase these optional accessories for your DVD player:
Cable kits. Gateway cable kits contain high-quality gold cables of various
lengths, including:
RCA audio cable
RCA component video cable
RCA composite video cable
S-Video cable
Contact Gateway for these and other accessories.
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Safety information

Warning Risk of electric shock - Do not open
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not open the case. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. Opening the case voids the warranty.
Have your DVD recorder repaired by qualified service personnel only.
Warnings and precautions
Do not place your hands, face, or objects close to the ventilation openings
of your DVD recorder. Burns or personal injuries may occur if you are too close to the DVD recorder.
Disconnect all cables before moving your DVD recorder. Moving your
DVD recorder with its cables attached may damage the cables and cause fire or electric shock danger.
Do not expose your DVD recorder to rain or moisture.
Keep your DVD recorder away from excessive dust, high temperatures,
moisture, or direct sunlight.
Safety information
Use your DVD recorder in a well-ventilated area and do not cover the
ventilation openings.
Do not modify your DVD recorder or use an unshielded power cord or
video input source cable, or you may experience excessive interference.
Disconnect your DVD recorder and unplug the power cord when not used
for a long period of time.
If the picture displayed is in any way abnormal, turn off your
DVD recorder, then disconnect it from the electrical outlet. Make sure that your video input source cable is connected correctly, then reconnect your DVD recorder to the electrical outlet.
Disconnect your DVD recorder from the electrical outlet before cleaning
or performing maintenance. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. Use only a slightly damp cloth for cleaning.
Do not place your DVD recorder on an unstable cart, stand, or table. Your
DVD recorder may fall, causing serious damage.
Do not place your DVD recorder on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar
surfaces.
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Never place your DVD recorder near or over a radiator or heat source.
Do not install your DVD recorder in an enclosed area unless correct
ventilation is provided.
Your DVD recorder should be operated from the type of power source
indicated on the label. If the type of available power is unknown, consult your electrician or local power company.
Do not rest objects on the power cord and avoid placing the power cord
near high traffic areas.
Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords because this can result
in a risk of fire or electric shock.
Unplug your DVD recorder and contact qualified service personnel if:
The power cord or plug is damaged or frayed.
Liquid has been spilled into your DVD recorder.
Your DVD recorder has been exposed to water or moisture.
Your DVD recorder does not operate normally when the operating
instructions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions.
Your DVD recorder has been dropped or the cabinet has been
damaged.
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Front

Front
Power Di sc tray
Open/Close
Record
Source
Play
Component Description
Open/Close Opens and closes the disc tray.
Source Changes the video source.
Record Starts a recording.
Play Starts disc playback.
Stop Stops playback or recording.
Stop
DV-Link
jack
Display
panel
Line in
jacks
Display panel Displays current status information.
Line in jacks Plug a composite video device, such as a VCR, into
these ports.
DV-Line jack Plug a digital device, such as a camcorder, to this IEEE
1394 port.
Disc tray Holds the disc. Place the disc into the tray with the
label-side up.
Power Turns your DVD recorder on and off.
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Display panel

DVD
Play
Pause Disc status TIMER
SVCD
VCD
MP3
CD
CD JPEG +RW +RDVD VCDSVCD MP3
JPEG
DVD+RW
DVD +R
Record
TIMER
Icon Description
Play This icon appears when a disc is playing.
DVD This icon appears when a DVD is playing.
SVCD This icon appears when an SVCD is playing.
VCD This icon appears when a VCD is playing
CD This icon appears when a CD is playing
MP3 This icon appears when a disc that contains MP3
files is playing.
JPEG This icon appears when a disc that contains JPEG
files is playing.
DVD+RW This icon appears when a DVD+RW disc is playing.
DVD+R This icon appears when a DVD+R disc is playing.
Record This icon appears when your DVD recorder is
recording to a disc.
Pause This icon appears when playback is paused.
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Icon Description
Disc status This area displays information about the status of
your DVD recorder, such as No Disc, Disc loaded, Open (the disc tray is opened).
TIMER This icon appears when a timed recording is in
progress.
Display panel
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Back

TV In/
TV Out
Component
Video Out
S-Video
In
A/V In
Coaxial Digital
S-Video
Out
A/V Out
Audio Out
Optical Digital
Audio Out
Power
connector
Connector Description
S-Video In Plug an external S-Video device, such as a VCR, into
this jack.
Component Video Out Plug a component video TV into these jacks. This is the
best video connection available. For more information, see “Understanding video connections” on page 16.
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S-Video Out Plug an S-Video TV into these jacks. An S-Video
connection is better than a composite video connection, but not as good as a component video connection. For more information, see “Understanding video connections” on page 16.
Coaxial Digital Audio Out
TV In/TV Out Plug your antenna or cable TV into this jack.
A/V In Plug an external composite video device, such as a
Plug a coaxial digital audio device into this jack. This audio connection is better than an analog audio connection.
VCR, into these jacks. The yellow jack carries the video signal. The white RCA jack carries the left audio signal and the red RCA jack carries the right audio signal.
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Connector Description
A/V Out Plug a composite TV into these jacks. The yellow jack
carries the video signal. The white RCA jack carries the left audio signal and the red RCA jack carries the right audio signal.
While this video connection is good, S-Video is better and component video is best.
Also, digital audio connections are better than analog audio connections.
Back
Optical Digital Audio Out
Power connector Plug the power cord into this connector.
Plug an optical digital audio device into this jack. This audio connection is better than an analog audio connection.
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Remote Control

Open/Close
Channel up/down
Display
Setup
Top Menu
Disc Tools
Pause/Step
Play
Fast-forward/
reverse
Source
Disc Tools Disc Nav.
Power
Number pad
Menu
Enter/Arrows
Disc Navigation
Next/Previous
Stop
Edit
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Record
Timer
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Remote Control
Button Description
Open/Close Opens and closes the disc tray.
Channel up/down Changes the TV channel.
Display Displays status information about the disc, such as
display time, chapter, and video quality.
Setup
Setup Open the
the Setup menu” on page 45.
Top Menu Displays a disc menu with a list of titles or files on the
disc.
menu. For more information, see “Using
Disc Tools Opens the
“Using Disc Tools” on page 42.
Pause/Step Pauses playback. After playback is paused, press this
button repeatedly to advance frame-by-frame on a DVD or video CD. Press the button to return to normal playback mode.
Play Starts disc playback.
Fast-forward/reverse Fast-forwards or fast-reverses through the disc.
Pressing this button repeatedly changes the speed from 2x, to 4x, to 8x, to 16x, then back to normal.
Source Changes the video source.
Record Starts a recording.
Power Turns your DVD recorder on and off.
Number pad Selects titles on DVDs, VCDs, and SVCDs, selects
chapters on DVDs, and selects tracks on CDs.
Menu Displays the DVD menu or chapter menu.
Enter/Arrows Enter selects Setup options and sub-options and selects
disc titles, chapters and tracks.
The , , , or button highlights Setup options and sub-options and adjusts options.
Disc Tools
menu. For more information, see
Disc Navigation Opens a navigation menu for the current disc.
Next/Previous (Next) goes to the next chapter or track on the disc.
(Previous) goes to the last chapter or track on the disc.
Stop Stops disc playback.
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Button Description
Edit Displays the
protection to a disc, and erasing titles from the disc.
Timer Displays the

Installing batteries

Important The remote control uses AAA (triple A) batteries.
To install batteries in the remote control:
Remove the battery compartment cover, insert batteries into the
compartment, then replace the cover.
Make sure that you match the + and – on the batteries with the + and – inside the compartment.
Title Edit
Timer
menu for editing a disc title, adding
menu for setting up timed recordings.
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Connecting Your
DVD Recorder
Read this chapter to learn how to:
Connect a TV
Connect a sound system
Connect a VCR or camcorder
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Understanding video connections

Your DVD recorder has three types of standard video connections. You should use the best connection available to get the best display. For example, if your TV supports a component video connection, connect the DVD recorder to your TV using component video instead of composite video or S-Video.
Connection
Cable and Connector Description
Quality
Good Composite. The video signal is carried
through a single “pin.” This connection method is the one that is most commonly found on devices.
Better S-Video. The video signal is split into two
signals, black-and-white and color. Text displayed on-screen through this connection will be noticeably sharper then composite or coaxial (RF).
Best Component. The video signal is split into
three signals, two color and one black-and-white. Use component video to take advantage of the superior picture provided by signal sources as HDTV and
progressive
DVD.
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Connecting a TV

You can connect a TV using one of the following connection types:
Composite video (good video quality)
S-Video (better video quality)
Component best video quality)

Using composite video

Connecting a TV
Antenna
Cable TV
Outdoor antenna
Indoor antenna
TV
VHF / UHF
RFIN
IN
VIDEO
RIGHT
DIO
AU
LEFT
COAXIAL
R
L
Y
R
Cb
L
Cr
VIDEO IN
S-VIDEO
OPTICAL
S-VIDEO
VIDEO OUT
Audio/Video
cable
RF (coaxial)
cable
To connect a TV using composite video:
1 Connect the TV In jack on the back of your DVD recorder to your antenna
or cable TV outlet.
2 Connect the TV Out jack on the back of your DVD recorder to the
VHF/UHF In jack on the back of your TV.
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