|re: Why not ASK the manufacturer if it can be done?|
Thanks for the link...I've already visited that site and called the Customer Service number. The number is a recording that leads you back to the website and says that if you don't find your answer there, call your local cable provider. The user guide is available but everything that's written says Copy to VCR. I don't know enough about laptops or DVD writers to know if the signals are compatible.
I called my cable company and they said you have to go to a VCR first then to a DVD, but I'm wondering if there is a workaround to avoid the loss of quality. Thus my question in this forum.
As far as the Laptop, the only thing the cable company rep could tell me was that the USB port is not active on the 8240 yet and he doesn't know any other way of talking to the laptop. Again, thus my question in this forum.
As I'm sure you know, most company reps read from a script or knowledge base and aren't usually to good at improvising answers. Sometimes you find someone willing to go deeper, but I figured the odds of finding a knowledgeable person in this forum were better. Maybe there's a box that looks like a VCR to the 8240 but outputs the correct signal for a DVD writer or laptop. That's the kind of information I was hoping to find here.