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Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder Picture is Yellow

Picture quality slowly (over approx 2 hours) changed from normal to very bad yellow tone ??

Running through a Pioneer Plasma , other inputs have perfect color.

I have checked manual color settings, all ok.


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Re: Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder Picture is Yellow

If running component or RGB try replacement lead set. Otherwise is TV issue.

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Where to purchase new or vg cond used remote.

If I need a Pioneer remote for a hard Disc Video Recorder I look at ebay first then the on line major remote suppliers. You can often get a good remote for $20-$35 at eBay the replacement places want $150 for not to mention many of the replacement remotes for older offered units are some sort of replacement unit which does not work as well as the real thing.

I'm in the process of repairing a Pioneer DVD Recorder remote it is done by removing five screws (including three hidden under the battery compartment cover) gentily separating the unit and taking out the soft pad. The contacts on the bottom of the pad were coated with conductive material so when you push the button the circuit is completed. Over time this material wears off so you have to push harder and harder and finally it does not work.

You can buy conductive paint on eBay and clean and repaint the bottom of the contacts which fixes this most of the time. Your fault may be a bad board in the remote but more often it is just the lack of a conductive coating on the bottom contact area of the button.

If you can't find the remote you need try to fix yours as I have noted it is worth the hassle. I recently found a remote for an arcane Sony MD Recorder for $2 at esale I balked at paying $65 for on ebay so if you are patient an live in a metro area with a lot of people donating to resale this might be another possiblity.

I hope this helps you...

Jul 19, 2013 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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Power supply unit failure

It could be the IC101 (MR2920) and the zener D104 both failed, or IC1 (MD5001T) failed as well, here is the link where I've descrived how I fix the issue on my DVR-520H, it is in italian but you can translate it with Google:

Feb 08, 2013 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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Looking for a manual free of charge for DVR-520 H. Where to find?

Get into this site where you can get its user manual for free download. If you fail to do it, either send your email address by fixya of send a mail to me at I've the manual in pdf format, and will send it to you by return mail. OK. DVR-520H.Protected - United States

May 18, 2011 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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Anyone know why my color input is coming out in black and white? the on sceen menu and dvd's are in color

Have you tried reprograming your dvd, you must also save the changes that you made during reprograming.

Aug 21, 2010 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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Power off after recording

Hi All,

This is a power supply problem.... the MR2920 stanby IC miss behaved, it power off and fail to power back on.

Solution, get pioneer power supply replacement or take the dvd recorder to your local electronic service repair to take a look at the power supply circuit.

Best of luck

Apr 21, 2009 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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At the finish of time recording, it keeps turning it self off

how to finish a dvd that it will work on any dvd player

Mar 24, 2009 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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I cannot record copy-protected tapes to DVD on my RCA DVD recorde

Here is a link to the installation guide for your Pioneer model - refer to every bit of information on p. 29 (which will refer you to some pertinent info in Ch.1):

If it will not permit you to do the recording:
You have to use a backdoor method. Inspect your TV and see if it has a yellow jack labelled video OUT or monitor OUT - many TV's do not have them. If you are one of the lucky ones that has a video OUT:
1) Connect a VCR to one of the televisions inputs.
2) Connect a red, white and yellow cable from the video and audio OUTs of your TV to either INPUT 1 or 2 on your DVD recorder
3) Make sure that your DVD recorder is set to either INPUT 1 or INPUT 2 - reading the manual for that model is driving me up the wall - I would change the channel on the DVD Recorder (not the TV) to 2 and use the channel down button until it says Input 1 or Input 2 - whichever the appropriate choice is
4) Play the VHS tape and make sure that you can see the picture on your television screen.
5) Press Record on the DVD recorder

Good luck- I would go insane trying to use that Pioneer - it is user-friendly, but not techie-friendly.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Jan 07, 2009 | Pioneer DVR-810H DVD Recorder

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No power

Something inside is loose, so it's time to buy a flat panel tv or spend $50 to get it repaired.

Oct 17, 2008 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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DVD shelf won't open

You know you can place a paperclip in the hole next to the DVD drive to release the door. Never just pull on the tray when it is all the way closed. Once the door is part way open you can gently pull it out the rest of the way. This will not fix anything, it just allows you to open the tray once.

Jul 17, 2008 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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Pioneer DVD Recorder - can get picture but no sound

If you are using RCA cables, you need to hook up three cables (1) yellow video, (2) white - left audio, (3) red - right audio.

May 28, 2007 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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