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Old 07-12-2009, 01:08 AM   #1
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Got my first HDTV today (Yeah me). Been a rough start in part because as it turns out I don't have a HD cable box so no hi def goodness for me until Monday and I get my new box.

I have had something odd though in terms of the DVD player. I hooked the DVD player up to the new tv. I get great sound and a sharp picture...except the picture is in black and white. The DVD player worked fine on my 10 year old CRT but not here and I am stumped.

I am hooking the video up in the Y input output jacks with classic 3 piece cable (2 audio, 1 video). My TV is a Sharp LC-32SB27U. The DVD player is a Toshiba about 5 years old.

I would almost think it's a bad cable but the DVD player was working fine 2 days ago unless the cable was damaged during the set up of the next TV. It was a major undertaking in part because I had a massive 20 year old entertainment center that needed to be moved out as it was not wide screen tv friendly.
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You have the Red/White/Yellow cable from the player plugged into which color cable inputs on the display?

That cable is a composite cable and is the worse connection to a HDTV as it can only transmit SD signals with it, and only the yellow cable is for video, the red/white are for stereo audio.

It would help if you posted the model/brand of ALL equipment being used so we can help you further without guess what the devices are capable of. What model # is that DVD player?

I assume your player has component cables (red/green/blue) which CAN give you a better connection, but you must run the sound separately for that. Does your player have an HDMI output? If so that would likely be better for upscaling SD DVDs.

I suspect you are running that yellow composite video cable to the green component input on the display as the reason it is only in B/W.

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Old 07-12-2009, 02:27 AM   #3
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I suspect you are running that yellow composite video cable to the green component input on the display as the reason it is only in B/W.
*Looks that the ground sheepishly*... yes. I have the yellow cable going from green to green. Which should I be going from and to?

My DVD player is a Toshiba SD-2900

I have the sound working great so I at least have the sound hooked up correctly.
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I assume your player has component cables (red/green/blue)
The cables I have are yellow, red and white. I had the sound correct but was simply trying the video cables through trial and error. Not thinking about the cables themselves or noticing inputs farther over on the back that matched the actual cables I was using.

Been a while since I have delved into home electronics. When we moved to our area my wife's company moved us and the cable company simply connected everything for us. Nice time saver when you are moving into a new home from 2,000 miles away but not good for learning how things work and how to do them yourself. In effect it's been 10+ years since I hooked up a TV aside from swapping my old DVD player for a new one.

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The cables I have are yellow, red and white. I had the sound correct but was simply trying the video cables through trial and error. Not thinking about the cables themselves or noticing inputs farther over on the back that matched the actual cables I was using.

Been a while since I have delved into home electronics. When we moved to our area my wife's company moved us and the cable company simply connected everything for us. Nice time saver when you are moving into a new home from 2,000 miles away but not good for learning how things work and how to do them yourself. In effect it's been 10+ years since I hooked up a TV aside from swapping my old DVD player for a new one.

I've spent a good deal of time tonight exploring the forum here and have learned a great deal already. I plan on learning more.
I actually meant the "connection" not "cables". Do you see 3 RCA type jacks that are color coded RED/GREEN/BLUE? If you have those on your DVD player then it does have component. I already know your HDTV has them, but since you did not post the model number for your player I can still only guess at what you have for connections and cannot give you the best advice without that info.

For now, have you connected the DVD output RED/WHITE/YELLOW connections to the properly matching color coded connections on both the DVD player AND the TV? That should solve the immediate problem of only black & white.
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...My DVD player is a Toshiba SD-2900...
He did mention the DVD Player's model.

And it does have Component connections:

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...yes. I have the yellow cable going from green to green. Which should I be going from and to?...
It should be going from the Yellow to the Yellow. (The first connection from the top left in the back panel picture above)

mrbeankc, you really should use Component cables, (Click for an example) and ditch your old RCA cables. This does mean you need a separate Audio hookup as well.

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I've got it all fixed now. Thank you all for the advice.
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He did mention the DVD Player's model.

And it does have Component connections:

Back Panel

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It should be going from the Yellow to the Yellow. (The first connection from the top left in the back panel picture above)

mrbeankc, you really should use Component cables, (Click for an example) and ditch your old RCA cables. This does mean you need a separate Audio hookup as well.
I missed that post as i was deleting the spammers that kept posting here and when it reset the page it hid that post on me I guess.

Glad he got it resolved, and it looks like he was using the green from component instead of the yellow connectors.
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Easy mistake as the green plug is indeed labeled as "Y".

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Went out and purchased component cables and the HDMI cable. Now I just need to get my HD box tomorrow and I should be on easy street.
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Definitely... I just hope you didn't pay more than $5 for that HDMI cable. In any case, welcome to color tv!
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Nahh. Went to Walmart after seeing the prices at Best Buy. I live right next to a Best Buy so that's usually my preferred simply for that reason.
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You will likely need more cables in the future so you might want to consider www.monoprice.com for future HDMI cables and other cables as well. I have bought from them and their class 2 HDMI cables are very high quality and only cost about $5.00 each. I bought 3 so the shipping cost was spread over the 3 cables, and had spares that I have since used. The price savings alone makes this a smarter way to buy IMO.
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What's funny is after twice being told by someone at Time Warner that they do not provide HDMI cables with their HD boxes (in fact one said flat out that HDMI was "not supported" by Time Warner" the cable they gave me when I picked up the box was HDMI.
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I fixed mine - QUICK FIX - My problems with my 7-year-old Mitsubishi VCR were that it only played in black andd white, and that I didn't get a continuous picture when playing a video. Screen would momentarily go black every few seconds. Video player only has red, white and yellow inputs and outputs. To SOLVE BOTH PROBLEMS, I only had to move the green cable from the green "video input" port on my widescreen TV over to the YELLOW port. The other end of the green cable is connected to my YELLOW "video output" port of my Video Cassette player. This also increased the sound volume, even though I have a separate red and white audio cable connected in the audio ports of the TV and VCR.
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