I actually did it. I wired the old VCR player into the DVD-Recorder AND got it to show on the TV!
I know it may not sound like much, but it took 2 days and I wasted (maybe) a recordable DVD figuring out how. And it only took 3 trips to Best Buy (for cables) and a few hours studying the DVD-Recorder manual.
And to be honest, I wasn't sure it was recording right (and it wasn't at first).
See, I tried the DVD recording function and the "clock" stayed on 00:14 with a blinking red light. That didn't seem good! So after 15 minutes, I decided to waste the Recordable DVD to check and see if it was recording. It was, but it was in 3 segments. Well, those were when I kept hitting the "record" button. But after 2 days of trying different cable hookups and a few hours of finding the right replay setting (not HDMI1, not HDMI2, not TV... Component1).
But I found the pattern for my particular equipment! I'm recording Heavy Metal right now. I have about 3 dozen worthwhile tapes to record. Well, yeah, I could buy them on DVD from Amazon, but that's not the point.
I figured something out that was a challenge.
I've read (an seen in science shows on TV) that the best way to not grow mentally old is to take on mental challenges and learn new things. Well, I sure got a month's worth of new learning the past 2 days, LOL!
Now all I have to do is straighten out all the cables!