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To get the VCR/DVD player hooked up properly, one usually uses a cable type called 'coaxial'... or 'cable-TV cable'... and connects it in this case, from the VCR/DVD to the cable TV input jack on the TV.
Then with your remote, go in the Menu of the TV to your Source settings, and choose among them - or on some remotes, just press the SOURCE button, after selecting the TV, and one by one, slowly (so as to give the picture time to appear, if there is or will be one) go through the input sources until you get the screen you need, from the VCR/DVD.
Well... does your TV has a coaxial cable input? Does the VCR/DVD box have a coaxial cable input and a coaxial cable output ? if 'yes' to both, do try hooking the coaxial output from the VCR box to the TV's coaxial cable input, with a cable TV or coaxial cable.
(Yes, coaxial is different from RCA-type. Coaxial is usually either sheathed in white insulation, or sometimes in black. The end of the cable has one wire, protruding, in the center.)
I think the problem is, simply, that your TV is too old. No coaxial input on the TV? wait a minute... you said the coaxial input was different!
Why not try a coaxial adapter, and do that hookup? try it, that way.
Do you need help finding a coaxial adapter? I can do that for you, if you have not given up on my advice altogether. If you still need help, either photograph the coaxial input on the TV, and I will look up the specs for the DVD/VCR... or, you could tell me the TV's model #, please.