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FRIEND HAS A SONY FXE 100 AND HAS LOST THE MANUAL. THE COMPOSITE VIDEO INPUTS AREN'T WORKING...BEEN HELPING HIM SEARCH FOR A SERVICE OR OWNER'S MANUAL WITH NO LUCK. ANY HELP YOU CAN OFFER? THANKS!

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Chances are that the composite inputs are not selected in the settings. You need a display connected to the MONITOR output to see what you're doing. Then press the SCREEN button (just below the RECORDER readout) until "Menu" lights up next to it. Then press the large round wheel in while keeping the MENU button depressed - this will bring up the menu settings on the monitor. Then press the MENU button in the "Dial Menu" section - while keeping it pressed, rotate the large round knob until "Setup Item 101" appears in the display- this is the Video Input Select area.



Release the MENU button to select Item 101 - then press the DATA button while rotating the large round knob until S-V changes to V (going from S-Video to Composite ). When you've reached the desired setting, press the SET button to store it in memory. Keep in mind that you have to do this on P1, P2, R and/or AUX depending on which channels you want to change. The factory default is S-Video, so that is probably how the machine is set on each channel. When you've finished setting the channels to your preference, press the SCREEN button to exit the menu.



I've found that the $20 (or so) investment on one of the many manual sites pays for itself many times over in "frustration control". I can attest that www.servicemanuals.net is quite trustworthy, and in most cases you can download and print the manual immediately. The sites that offer "free manuals" are more trouble than they're worth as you have to download all kinds of crap you don't need, and they pop up when you don't want them to and slow down your computer. If you need more help, write me at barry8track@cableone.net

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