Run the video direct to the tv, there is no reason to run the video through the reciever, it just adds one more layer where the video can get messed up. Then hopefully your old DVD player has more then one audio output, run a toslink to the reciever so you can get 5.1 & just L/R (red/white RCA's) audio to the tv.
I have a Panasonic DVD player (about 6 years old) that is hooked up to a Yamaha receiver (about 6 months old) via component video & coaxial audio. The Yamaha receiver is then connected to a Samsung Plasma HDTV (about 1 year old) via HDMI cable. I have video. I have sound through my surround sound speakers so the receiver is getting the sound. However there is no sound from my TV speakers.
Am I missing something? Is this the best setup?
Sometimes I dont want to hear surround sound and just hear the movie through my TV. I want to use my receiver because I have other components going to it and then to the TV.