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Old 12-27-2004, 11:31 PM  
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Technical assistance, please

I am looking for possible solutions to the following problem: when viewing DVDs the picture quality degenerates going from normal to dark with qualities of a photo negative (light areas appear darkest, dark areas lighter) and then back to normal again. This happens in a nearly continuous cycle which is obviously annoying.

Potential clues:
*Regular television viewing does not have this problem
*Video cassette viewing does not have this problem.
*The DVD player is routed through the VCR (via RCA cables)
*I have replaced the co-ax cable from VCR to TV (no effect on the problem)

Ideas?
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:33 PM   #2
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Connect the DVD directly to the TV....linking the VCR through the DVD and other aux components?
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:33 PM   #3
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I am also just now noticing that the RCA cables (from DVD player to VCR) are bundled. Could this affect the picture quality?
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:33 PM   #4
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I am also just now noticing that the RCA cables (from DVD player to VCR) are bundled. Could this affect the picture quality?
Try subbing a different cable to find out....
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:34 PM   #5
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Are you referring to the RCA cables that came with the player?

Also how big is your TV?

~ Sounds like a bad DVD player.
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:35 PM   #6
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Connect the DVD directly to the TV....linking the VCR through the DVD and other aux components?
One moment while I check this...
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:37 PM   #7
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Are you referring to the RCA cables that came with the player?

Also how big is your TV?

~ Sounds like a bad DVD player.
The only RCA cables in my setup came with the DVD player and now connect the DVD player to the VCR (which is routed to the television).

The TV is probably a 19"
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:39 PM   #8
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Why in the hell are you using RCA cables to attach a DVD to the TV? Don't you at least have SVideo?
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:42 PM   #9
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Actually do what SDChiefsfan said but dont hook up anything else to it. You are trying to troubleshot the DVD so once you have figured it out you can place everything back to normal.

Depending on your TV try an S-Video connection or if your TV has it the RCA video connections.


What you are trying to do is isolate your problem. I dont know how you have the DVD hooked up to the VCR but either the DVD is at fault, The wiring from the DVD to your VCR is at fault or the Connections on the VCR are at fault. By going direct to the TV you remove the VCR from the equation

hope that helps
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:43 PM   #10
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Connect the DVD directly to the TV....linking the VCR through the DVD and other aux components?
Hmmm. The TV doesn't seem to recognize the DVD player at all in this configuration; no audio, no video.
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Hmmm. The TV doesn't seem to recognize the DVD player at all in this configuration; no audio, no video.
That's odd......try restarting everything? Hmmmmm
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You may have to go to another video input on your tv set. Normally the RCA jacks are Video 1 input or something like that. The Coax is setup to be the primary connection. See if you have a menu button and can change inputs.
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Why in the hell are you using RCA cables to attach a DVD to the TV? Don't you at least have SVideo?
The DVD player has an RCA output and an S-Video output, the TV has an RCA input and a co-ax input but not S-Video.
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Bummer. I'd head down to best buy and apply for a card.
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Bummer. I'd head down to best buy and apply for a card.
No kiddin'. What dumbshits....those guys have "approved" me for something like $6 K or more....I'm thinking of gettin a big screen with surround sound, a new wireless computer system....and then boltin' to, like, Vancouver, where I can blame my irresponsibilities on the "fatties."
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