OK, I got a stack of dvd+r's that work, The Tech Geek had them at a pretty good price, don't know how many coasters I'll get (I believe the brand is AML). Here's my problem they no longer make the SIMA 1 they have the SIMA 2 for $65.00, so hey, I thought I'd get one on ebay, well it came today and I can get the input to respond with video levels showing etc. but there seems to be no output, so I can't get a picture on my tv nor my recorder to record. Am I doing something wrong? It's pretty straight forward yellow video out from VHS player and yellow video in to DVD recorder. Before I write the guy at ebay and tell him it's defective, I need to know if it's me or not, he had a really good feedback etc. I want to record "ALL" my VHS and some DVD's so really need this thing to work. Or am I going to have to buy the SIMA 2? Any advice would be appreciated.