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Cable Box to Projector Displaying Black and White

Discussion in 'Displays' started by vthokie, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. vthokie

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    Hi all,
    Here's the deal. Tried connecting the Comcast cable box using both composite and s-video to my Dell 3300MP projector and it only displays in black and white with either cable you use. Both are fairly new cables rarely used. I didn't see any bent pins on the S-video. It's not the color wheel nor do i believe its the cable box, which is brand new. Everything I've read elsewhere on the internet seems to suggest that it only takes one of those simple cords. Sounds like the projector just isn't receiving the signal or something.
    Thoughts?
    Thanks for your time!
     
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    Let's see. An 8 year old DLP projector only showing black and white...
    Color wheel. Do you hear it spinning?
     
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    Did you try another source like a dvd player, blu ray player, game console ect?
     
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    Thanks for the responses. Color wheel spins because it displays the laptop perfectly. Ive used a DVD player in the past with the composite input on the projector. Must have been 6 months ago.
     
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    As long as you have recently verified it works with another source the last test is another display. Do you have another display you can hook that cable box to? If its still displaying just B&W you know you got a bad cable box ;)
     
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    Full disclosure always gets the best and quickest answers...
     
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    Connected the cable box to a TV and it was in black and white. Leave it to comcast to install a defective box. Thanks for the help, gentlemen. Figures it was something silly like that.
     
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    Well...
    Is this a HD box?
    Uhm, maybe the HDMI is turned on? And that renders the other outputs B/W?
    I do know Concast(spelled that way on purpose) and Time Werner(haha) had HD boxes that disable all other outputs when HDMI is on, so maybe???
     
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    Well there is no HDMI port so I don't think thats an issue. Its the Cisco RNG100, no HD to my knowledge
    http://media2.comcast.net/anon.comcastonline2/support/help/faqs/settopboxes/ciscorng100userguide.pdf
     
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    Yeah, I love this...what year was this cable box made???
    "No color
    • Verify the current TV program is broadcast in color.
    • Adjust the TV color controls"
    Let's make sure you weren't watching I Love Lucy, Twilight Zone or an early Perry Mason...
     
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    way back in the technicolor days of 2011
     
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    Yeah well, you are now assured that Ted Turner does not own any Concast or Cisco...(you are either laughing...or you don't get it...)
     
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    whooooooosh, right over my head
     

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