Lost Color from DVD player!

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  1. Mark Lehmkuhl

    Mark Lehmkuhl Stunt Coordinator

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    I've got a Sony 7700, put a movie on tonight, only comes through in black & white!

    TV is in color, so its not tv.

    S-Video cable from dvd to tv - don't have another to swap out - do S-video cables go bad???

    Unplugged both ends of S-video (DVD player end and tv end), plugged in tight, no change

    Any suggestions? Has my player gone bad?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. John Geelan

    John Geelan Screenwriter

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    What movie is it?
     
  3. Mark Lehmkuhl

    Mark Lehmkuhl Stunt Coordinator

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    Its not the movie (Santa Claus). I've tried 3 movies I know to be color and none work.

    A repairman did come yesterday to fix the set. Before he came I had vcr on video in 1, and dvd in video in 2. He had them switched. I put them back to original (vcr video input 1, dvd video input 2) - still same problem. Been running the dvd player for 2 years without a problem.
     
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    Check the S-video cable to make sure none of the pins are bent or broken. A bad S-video connection can lead to a B&W picture.

    Do you get color if you run a composite connection from the DVD to the TV? If it's still B&W, something's wrong with the DVD player. But it's most likely the S-video cable.

    KJP
     
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    Sounds like a bad S-cable. Connect your DVD player up by component if your TV allows and composite to see it you get color.
     
  6. Mark Lehmkuhl

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    Thanks. I'll have to get hold of some composite calbes and give it a try.
     
  7. Reginald Trent

    Reginald Trent Screenwriter

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    Mark, you won't need special cable to try this. You can use most any cable with RCA ends to test this. However, 75ohm shielded cables are ideally best suited for a permanent connection.
     
  8. Mark Lehmkuhl

    Mark Lehmkuhl Stunt Coordinator

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    I have color through composite cables, so I guess that measn the DVD is OK.

    But the S-video cable ends look OK (no broken or bent pins). I hate to buy another S-video cable since I need about 12 feet and they're a bit $$.

    Is there some kind of S-video chip on the tv that could be bad? I did just have the tv (Hitachi Ultravision 50" RPTV) repaired for a different problem (tv did not turn on at all).
     
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    You need to troubleshoot the situation before you take any action. The first thing I'd do is take your DVD player and S-video cable to a friend's house and connect it to his TV through the s-video connection.

    If everything looks OK, that means the problem is in your TV. If, however, you still get a black and white picture, the problem is either your DVD player or the cable.
     
  10. Mark Lehmkuhl

    Mark Lehmkuhl Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks everyone, you are were a great help!

    It was the S-video cable. This forum is a great resource!
     
  11. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

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    If you have the player set for Component Outputs but are using either the regular or S-Video outputs instead, the picture through those will be black and white as well (watched "Pleasantville" that way, rather interesting!)
     

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