I am having difficulty connecting my PS2 to my bose lifestyle18. I have a projector setup, using all composite video connections. I have a PS3 connected via HDMI to the Projector and a digital optical audio output for the sound.
My issue is how can I connect PS2 to the Bose lifestyle with the setup I already have ? I can sort out the siund, how can I get video, since all video outputs are used ?
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What series is your Bose Lifestyle System?First,check if the composite video output from your Bose Media Center is connected to the composite video input of your television.It will only show black and white if it is connected to the component video input of your television.
Without the specific LifeStyle model # it's not easy to say for sure, but it sounds like you might have a composite cable plugged into a component video output of the Bose. Assuming it does not have HDMI output, it might have white/red/yellow (RCA-type jacks, aka "phono") and that yellow jack is a composite video output. It would plug into the same color jack on the TV. There are also RGB (Red/Green/Blue) component outputs on many devices and similar inputs on the TV, so you have to match like color out to same color in and make sure the TV is set to composite video input, not HDMI nor component.
Also could just be a bad cable. It's always the cheap things that we overlook, so with the same output/input setup, assuming you match type, try a different cable. The actual color of the end on the cable does not matter, but don't plug a yellow-colored output jack to a red, white, blue or green input jack on the TV - that won't work.
You need to buy a Bose VS 2, video enhancer. Your cable/sattelite, vcr and aux connect to the VS 2 and the VS2 connects one HDMI cable to the TV. The VS2 then upconverts DVDs played on the lifestyle through the VS2/HDMI.
If you use both s-video and composite (yellow) video at the same time on the bose system, it thinks you want to use the component adapter (which is included with the system). Just use one or the other. But if this is still in black and white (it may because the system still thinks you're using the adapter) just press "system" on the bose remote, and go to "video" and then "video connector" If video connector says "Component", try to change this to "composite + s". If this doesn't let you change it (it may not) then restart the system by unplugging the DC power cable for 30 seconds and re-connect it.
I hope this helps.
SOrry for your plight, the Bose staff are correct, they do release occassional firmware updates via a DVD or a CD throught their costumers mailer. If you are not part of this mailer, you may go to any Bose service center and request the latest update disc for your Lifestyle 18-II system. Udpates should be able to help you sort out your problem.
Try the settings setup and adjust the brightness, video format, or video black level. If you're using component connections then adjust the video output. You can scroll system setup through the remote control settings button.