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you pressed the color system format button/settings.on the remote press the P/N which means pal/secam and ntsc.press it several times or until you get a steady picture.when its black and white then you can press the set-up or menu button to correct your settings.
You switched to PAL mode from NTSC or vice versa. Most DVDs will only output PAL or NTSC, not both. So even if the disc is region ffree, the fact that it's encoded in PAL (50hz) makes it appear like you describe - no vertical hold / black and white.
Some set top players [Apex, Phillips] will convert PAL to NTSC on the fly or vice versa.
Give this a try. Using your user's manual, locate the "Configuring your recorder" section. Under this section there will be "System setup - general" subsection. Being that you are unable to see anything on your tv display you will need to use your manual as your display. Press the "SETUP" key on your remote. Once again using your manual as your display, scroll down to "Restore factory settings" and press "ENTER" As long as you are located in North or Central America and using interlaced video outputs you should have your normal display back.
Hope this helps.
i have the same dvd player the pink 1 i lent on a button and it went into black and white i have tried everything and can't seem to get it back into colour again, ive tried pressing all the buttons and nothing seems to work or come up with any black and white/ colour options :(