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Old 07-03-2014, 11:36 PM   #11
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No, placing it in the green input would not produce a green picture. Component input doesn't work that way.
You're right - the manual's labeling had me confused, and I had forgotten a couple of the acronyms.

CBVS - just composite video, on a single coax cable normally with a phono plug on the end, colour-coded yellow
RGB - Red-Green-Blue - the old three-connector standard, not the current "component" connection (if you plug in just the green input, you get a green image)
Component or YPbPr - three separate connectors; one input (Y) is the brightness, and the other two describe the colour, so if you put a single-wire composite signal into the Y input (and don't tell the TV that's what you're doing) you get a black&white image

The CVBS label above the middle connector of the three-connector output (in the previous version's manual), combined with "CVBS (3 Video output)" in the diagram legend, suggests that one jack can be used as either the Y of a YPbPr component output or a single-wire CVBS composite output. I thought the configuration fix was just talking about the display (TV) side, but maybe that's the problem... the DVD player may not be set for the right output. If the label means the connector above it is a single-connector composite output, then I would be checking that the cables are plugged into the right jacks.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:03 AM   #12
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future shop sells up to 24 inch TV's that have incorporated a dvd player as part of the unit. around the 200 dollar mark. I bought one and it works fine.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:14 PM   #13
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Finally got some time to fiddle with the TV again.Being retired I don't know how I ever had time to work a full time job.

I hooked the TV up again and this time there is colour,weird.

The TV on the video side has one yellow/ green connector,one blue connector and one red connector.The sound side there is one white connector and one red connector .

The touch audio unit only has three connectors ,one yellow,one red and one white.

I have always hooked it up ,plugging the touch audio's ,video yellow to the yellow /green connector on the TV.Then the red and whites to the sound corresponding red and whites on the TV.If you plug the yellow video into the blue or red one there is no picture at all,just black.

So not to much to error on there.Then the TV setting only has a source option,to choose for cable,DVD or USB,so not much to error there,I have the source set to DVD.

So I don't know what caused me to get black and white the last two times I hooked it up.But am happy it is back to colour ,just hope it stays colour.
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Finally got some time to fiddle with the TV again.Being retired I don't know how I ever had time to work a full time job.

I hooked the TV up again and this time there is colour,weird.

The TV on the video side has one yellow/ green connector,one blue connector and one red connector.The sound side there is one white connector and one red connector .

The touch audio unit only has three connectors ,one yellow,one red and one white.

I have always hooked it up ,plugging the touch audio's ,video yellow to the yellow /green connector on the TV.Then the red and whites to the sound corresponding red and whites on the TV.If you plug the yellow video into the blue or red one there is no picture at all,just black.

So not to much to error on there.Then the TV setting only has a source option,to choose for cable,DVD or USB,so not much to error there,I have the source set to DVD.

So I don't know what caused me to get black and white the last two times I hooked it up.But am happy it is back to colour ,just hope it stays colour.
Yep, composite yellow to component green usually does the trick. Maybe your previous connections were loose or something?
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:29 PM   #15
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The TV on the video side has one yellow/ green connector,one blue connector and one red connector.The sound side there is one white connector and one red connector .
That cable is set up to handle either component (green/blue/red connectors) or composite (yellow connector) video; the red and white handle the audio separately from the video in either case.

The dual yellow/green colouring suggests this dual-purpose use.

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The touch audio unit only has three connectors ,one yellow,one red and one white.
That cable is only good for composite video (and the usual separate audio). It seems strange that the VD-400i wouldn't use component connections, but if it only has one video connector then this is all the cable you need.

What looked strange to me is that you don't have the same cable at the TV and the DVD player: shouldn't they just be the two ends of the same set of cables? Now I realize that the TV cable you show is an extension of some sort. Can you plug directly into the TV, or is there only this cable to connect to?

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I have always hooked it up ,plugging the touch audio's ,video yellow to the yellow /green connector on the TV.Then the red and whites to the sound corresponding red and whites on the TV.If you plug the yellow video into the blue or red one there is no picture at all,just black.

So not to much to error on there.Then the TV setting only has a source option,to choose for cable,DVD or USB,so not much to error there,I have the source set to DVD.
Given the cables you show, that's your only choice. Video won't work plugged into the red or blue input for a couple of technical reasons which almost nobody will care about.

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So I don't know what caused me to get black and white the last two times I hooked it up.But am happy it is back to colour ,just hope it stays colour.
Given that you are using a composite connection, I don't see how anything in the cabling or the TV could cause monochrome... unless the TV tries to determine for itself whether it has a one-wire connection (composite) or a three-wire connection (component), and doesn't do that very well. I do wonder if the TV cable you show is built right into the TV, or plugged into jacks on the TV. If it is plugged in, connecting the red or blue wires to the TV could confuse it.

If the DVD player really doesn't have component outputs (not just that there's no cable for it), then I don't see any way for DVD settings to be a problem.

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That cable is set up to handle either component (green/blue/red connectors) or composite (yellow connector) video; the red and white handle the audio separately from the video in either case.

The dual yellow/green colouring suggests this dual-purpose use.


That cable is only good for composite video (and the usual separate audio). It seems strange that the VD-400i wouldn't use component connections, but if it only has one video connector then this is all the cable you need.

What looked strange to me is that you don't have the same cable at the TV and the DVD player: shouldn't they just be the two ends of the same set of cables? Now I realize that the TV cable you show is an extension of some sort. Can you plug directly into the TV, or is there only this cable to connect to?


Given the cables you show, that's your only choice. Video won't work plugged into the red or blue input for a couple of technical reasons which almost nobody will care about.


Given that you are using a composite connection, I don't see how anything in the cabling or the TV could cause monochrome... unless the TV tries to determine for itself whether it has a one-wire connection (composite) or a three-wire connection (component), and doesn't do that very well. I do wonder if the TV cable you show is built right into the TV, or plugged into jacks on the TV. If it is plugged in, connecting the red or blue wires to the TV could confuse it.

If the DVD player really doesn't have component outputs (not just that there's no cable for it), then I don't see any way for DVD settings to be a problem.

Intermittent problems are usually difficult to fix!
I think it's just a crappy unit....lol
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What looked strange to me is that you don't have the same cable at the TV and the DVD player: shouldn't they just be the two ends of the same set of cables? Now I realize that the TV cable you show is an extension of some sort. Can you plug directly into the TV, or is there only this cable to connect to?


Intermittent problems are usually difficult to fix!
The picture above that shows 5 connections is from the TV, that harness plugs into the back of the TV and that is how it came.I just unplugged it to get a picture of it.The other photo shows the connections that are on the wires that comes from the Touch audio unit which also came connected to that unit.For now it is working and like rbryan4 above suggested it might have just been a loose connection .
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