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No display from composite video input

One of our projectors, a 3M MP8747 (which I understand is a rebadged version of the more common Hitachi CPX-325W), is currently not displaying anything from the composite video input - it is just displaying the splash screen and reporting that there is no signal.

I have elimated the possibility that the cabling is at fault by plugging directly into the back of the projector.

I tried also tried connecting devices via the S-video socket using a female RCA to male S-video adaptor, in case the fault was specific to the projector's RCA socket. Unfortunately this made no difference.

The RGB input is functioning normally.

Does anyone have any ideas about what the problem may be?

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    John Allinson Apr 05, 2017

    Can you confirm that you mean composite or could it be component? If composite, which is a low-res rf signal, it could be that all your cables are fine but the unit simply doesn't recognise the signal.



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Try a composite to S-video adaptor to check that the input signal is ok if it works that way the composite input is broke! if the adapted signal does not work the input is incorrect.

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Composite video are yellow RCA jacks and are made for analog signals of standard definition video. If you are connecting a digital source or a high definition output, it may be beyond the capabilities of the projector. You may be able to find a VGA to composite adapter if you laptop or whatever has a VGA output port. VGA is along the same lines of composite (analog, standard definition).

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just a shot in the dark. this reminds me 'bout a problem with a Optoma (or maybe it was a Ask) i fixed. In that setup menu (on the proj), i was able to adjust the sync signal on the input. (I don't mean the the screen refresh rate..)  Just tried gradually step by step. Worked then!

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How to display a computer image on a TV or projector All modern televisions and projectors have one or more ports which allow them to receive and display an image generated by a computer. Both desktop and laptop computers are capable of connecting to a TV or projector, provided that they have the appropriate cables. The following sections contain instructions for using your TV or projector as a computer monitor. For best results, we recommend reading them in order.
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Identifying available connections The first step in connecting your computer to a TV or projector is finding an identical port on both machines. Once the matching port has been identified (one that is the same on both your input device and output device), you need the appropriate cable to connect them. This section contains a picture of the back of an Epson projector and its available connection ports; as well as descriptions of each.

The HDMI connection is very popular among display electronics. In fact, nearly all modern televisions and projectors feature HDMI ports. Most laptop computers support HDMI and it is becoming more prevalent on both desktop as well; even without a high-end video card. HDMI is quickly becoming the standard for all electronic equipment for its high quality signal and ability to carry both audio and video signals. The image to the right is that of an HDMI cable.

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The VGA connection is the most common among both desktop and laptop computers, is found on most projectors, and some TVs. The VGA cable has a 15-pin connector on each end that plugs into a VGA port on each device. Due to the fact that most televisions do not support VGA, we recommend using HDMI for their wider range of compatibility.

find-connect-projector-option-vga-hdmi-zonwsocbr3qazne24mugrpvs-1-2.jpg Tip:VGA cabling is universal for devices that support it. For example, the if your desktop monitor that uses a VGA cable it, that same cable can be used by a laptop to connect it to a projector.
Note: If you are using an Apple desktop or laptop you need a VGA adapter to connect a VGA cable to the computer.

The DVI connection is newer than VGA and it offers a sharper image. Although the DVI port is not shown on the Epson model above, it is still somewhat common for projectors, not so much for televisions. It is mostly found among desktop computers for monitors, but some laptops have DVI connections as well (Apple laptops are more commonly known to support DVI than any other brand of laptop). Since finding DVI on a TV or projector is more difficult, we again recommend using HDMI cables.
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The composite video connection is quite common on a TV or projector, but it is nearly nonexistent on modern computers. This connection is the yellow female cable on what is normally a three bundle of red, white, and yellow. The only time you should see this setup is on older video cards for desktop computers.
The S-Video connection is also commonly found on TVs and projectors, but solemnly on a desktop or laptop computer. This connection is a small step up from composite video, but is nearing obsolescence.

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Next, clean any filter(s) and vents. Use the nozzle attachment to the vacuum. You're making sure that the projector can breath properly.

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Based on your post/description:
TV - 4pins S-Video and RCA (yellow) Composite inputs;
Notebook - 7pins S-Video and VGA female.

There are several ways you can make it work:
1. Use a (7pins) S-Video to RCA cable;
2. Use a 7pins S-Video to 4pins S-Video adapter cable;
3. Use a VGA to RCA converter.

The links above are only examples of the commonly available. You may need to check with your local electronic/video store if they have similar products.

Should you like to tinker and DIY (do-it-yourself), this link shows how to make one.

Any of the above will work but video quality differs. Additionally, most if not all TVs can not accept high screen resolution of a monitor/LCD hence you need to lower your display to something like 800 X 600.

Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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