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DVD player works, but no picture

by btnewman / March 11, 2006 9:09 AM PST

Now before anyone says I need to provide more info let me explain. I am house sitting and I have limited info. I can get the DVD player to work, becuase I can hear the sound of the previews, but I get no picture. I have no manuals (my best friend at home) and no access to a teenager. It appears that the DVD is hooked up through the cable box. I have 3 remotes, one for each. The cable plays through channel 3. I believe I am not choosing the correct options on the remotes - but after multiple attempts both from the remotes and the devices themselves, I don't have a clue.
I am here for a while so any help is more than welcome.

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Connections
by sirroundsound / March 11, 2006 9:24 AM PST

If you think the player is connected through the cable box, any idea what type of connections? (not that common to do this ) or what make and model of DVD player?
The cable box may have to go to ch 3 on the TV, usually the dvd players would require an input (video 1) or something like that.

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More info
by btnewman / March 11, 2006 9:34 AM PST
In reply to: Connections

The DVD is an AWM, the TV:Sylvania, the cable box: scientific atlanta 2100.
I found video 1 and video 2, but I only get a black screen. This is solid black - not static.

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sorry..
by sirroundsound / March 12, 2006 7:53 AM PST
In reply to: More info

I can't find any info on AWM dvd players, even sylvania TV's, they only show TV/DVD/VCR combo sets on their web site, and you have to log in to get further info on the cable box.
I don't recall that cable box being able to accept an "input" from another source. I would trace the connection cables from the DVD player and confirm where they are connected.
You found video 1 and 2, so it may be a case of something else needing to be switched or turned on/off.
Any more detailed info will help, or you may figure it out.

Good luck

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Rescue should arrive soon
by btnewman / March 15, 2006 2:28 AM PST
In reply to: sorry..

Thank you for all your ideas. The set-up is rather large for me to move on my own, but my son is coming this weekend for a couple of days and he should be able to figure it out. I just have to console myself with the Food Network and the SCIFi channel until then. These are two stations I don't get to watch at home.
Thank you again.

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A Movie at last
by btnewman / March 17, 2006 8:38 PM PST

Welllllllll, talk about being out-of-touch.
My son arrives and after going to a great art show and a museum full of Tiffany glass, we are ready to collaspe with a movie.
He can't get the DVD player to work either - after a quick look at the cables - he tells me that this is for music only and then proceeds to plug in this black box, that had been under an end table, in to the front of the TV and now we have a movie. I had seen the box, but dismissed it, because it had hand game controls sitting on top of it..... and I wasn't interested in game playing.

Who knew you could play a DVD off of a PLAY STATION!!!!!!

So here is some more technology I have to catch up on.

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