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Old 01-11-02, 11:57 AM
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Why is it in black and white?

We have recently bought a DVD player and most DVD's we buy and rent play perfectly. However we have two discs that for no particular reason only play in black and white even though they are clearly suppossed to be in full colour.

Has anyone come across this problem? or does anyone have a possible solution?

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Old 01-11-02, 12:00 PM
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Are you trying to play NTSC discs on a PAL player (or vice versa)?
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What discs are you trying to play?
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Old 01-11-02, 12:02 PM
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As this sounds like hardware or set-up issue over a problem with a specific disc, moving to the DVD & Home Theater Hardware forum.

Also Sarah, it would be helpful to know make make and model of DVD you have.

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Old 01-11-02, 12:10 PM
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The discs are a gift set of plays by Samuel Beckett. The region code is given on the box as all regions and the discs were produced here in Ireland. The dvd machine was aslo purchaced in Ireland.
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You have a PAL machine if you got it in Ireland. Look carefully at the back of the disc. I'm guessing that somewhere it'll say either "NTSC" or "PAL." If it's NTSC, that's your problem.
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I've looked closly and NTSC is written nowhere on the discs or packaging. The player is made by SONY but I don't know what model it is the box is in the attic.
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Could connecting the DVD player through the video player make any difference?
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Old 01-11-02, 01:03 PM
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Originally posted by sarah.oreilly
Could connecting the DVD player through the video player make any difference?

Are you saying you're running it thru your VCR? That will definitely cause it, as there is a thing called macrovision on many DVDs to prevent people from copying them. You need to try running the DVD player directly into the TV.

If you're TV only has the RF (coax) input, you need to invest in a manually switching, RF modulator. They run about $30USD at Radio Shack in the USA. Some people say the image quality is degraded, but it still looks tons better than VHS.
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Thanks for all your help guys when I get up I'll change the set up of the DVD.

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