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550 I have just bought the 550 and I want to connect the tv, video, freeview and dvd together. When the video is turned on all I get is a blue screen. I have rechecked all of the connections and they seem fine. I have used another video and it works. Any ideas??

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The blue is usually the video, chances are you have no channels tuned into it or its on an av channel. anyway put a tape in and press play.(assuming you have av1 connected to tv by scart lead) failing that try wriggling the scat in the back of the vcr while on play---failing that tune it to an analogue station on the tv via the ariel (rf) leads

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OK, I think I see the problem there.
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