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Help! My Color Has Gone Askew.

Michaelsean
08-21-2006, 05:18 PM
Okay so I got a digital STB installed on Saturday. I USED to have my Sony DVD player hooked to my Panasonic 50PX50U via an HMDI cable. No problems. But I decided to hook my cable box up to my TV via the HDMI and switch over to component cables for my DVD player.

Well now the color is light green and purple. Everything has that tint to it. I've already looked at the obvious and the red, green and blue cables are all hooked up in the right sockets. I also tried switching over to a different set of component inputs on the TV...same problem. My XBox 360 is hooked up via component cables and the color is just fine.

Anyone know what could be causing the problem? Could one of the color inputs on the DVD player be mislabeled or not working at all? Any help anyone could give would be appreciated.

BobY
08-21-2006, 07:15 PM
You probably don't have the Component Outputs selected/enabled in the DVD player menus (also look for a mechanical switch that some players have on the back).

This is very common with many DVD players as they usually share output circuitry between the Component Outputs and Composite/S-Video Outputs, so you end up getting a distorted signal out of the Component Outputs even if they are not selected.

If you still have HDMI selected/enabled, it's almost a sure thing that Component is not.

Michaelsean
08-21-2006, 08:12 PM
I went through the settings and could not find anything that would switch me from HDMI to component. That was the FIRST thing I looked at. But maybe it IS a mechanical switch in the back. I'll have to look.

BobY
08-21-2006, 09:22 PM
What Sony DVD player is it?

Does it have a menu item for enabling the HDMI port?

PFC5
08-21-2006, 10:41 PM
I am confused if the wrong colors only happens with the component connected devices. If it is, I think the "order" that the R/G/B connections are arranged are different on each device and that is most likely the problem. Differnt companies use differt arrangements and this has been the reason for this type of problem most times.

18 is # 1
08-21-2006, 10:41 PM
You may have a bad red cable. Switch the three of them and see if you color changes but is still not right. If that happens, bad cable. If not, plan B.

mfabien
08-22-2006, 04:20 AM
What you are describing happens when the 3 Component jacks are not set in their proper ports at one device or another. In this case it seems to be at the DVD player.

It is easy, for instance, to confuse the 2 Red ports... one is for audio and the other fro Component. That is usually the mix up.

BobY
08-22-2006, 10:09 AM
Any of those things are certainly possible, and always check out the simple things (like cables) first, but what you describe I have seen *many* times when everything is hooked up properly because the Component Outputs weren't configured properly.

Also, make sure that you do not have any cables plugged into the HDMI port, Composite Video jack or S-Video jack, as some players auto-sense the jacks and configure their outputs based on what cables are attached.

In my experience, it's unusual for a DVD player to allow both the HDMI output and Component Outputs to operate properly at the same time. Sony upconverting DVD players I'm familiar with have a setup menu that is accessed by pressing the "Display" button on the remote when the player is in stop mode. This gives you access to menu items for configuring the HDMI and Component ports, including changing the color space (YCbCr/RGB).

You might also want to try stepping through the options on the "Progressive" button (if it has one), as these modes also affect the configuration of the Component Outputs.

I've helped a number of people lately getting their Component Outputs working on upconverting players. The manufacturers seem to assume that everybody is going to be using HDMI and upconversion, but with upconvertying players so cheap, it's very common for people to be using these players with Component Outs (because they don't want to buy an expensive HDMI cable, or an expensive DVI adapter even if the HDMI cable is included). The manuals are usually totally vague on how to set the player up with Component Outputs (other than telling you to plug them in).

Michaelsean
08-22-2006, 12:06 PM
What you are describing happens when the 3 Component jacks are not set in their proper ports at one device or another. In this case it seems to be at the DVD player.

It is easy, for instance, to confuse the 2 Red ports... one is for audio and the other fro Component. That is usually the mix up.

That was it. I feel like a moron. The mistake I made was in twisting around the DVD player so I didn't have to completely unplug it in order to switch from HDMI to component. In the process I put the red component cable into the red audio slot because I couldn't see what I was plugging into very well. DOH!

I kept saying to myself as I was looking at the picture...you know, it's missing the red. I should have figured that out. Anyway thanks.

mfabien
08-22-2006, 01:22 PM
You probably guessed it... did the same myself, once!