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We just got a new elements TV. When we try to hook up the smart cycle we can put the red/white cables in the matching color connections. The yellow has to go into the green connection but the video will not display. The cords are working as we can bring up the DVD player. Any tips on getting the smart cycle to work?

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The green RCA port has a red and a blue RCA port nearby, so you are connected to a component video port. Your TV can't interpret the composite video feed because it is looking for the other two parts of the video signal.

Some Elements TVs only have one composite TV input. Look at your DVD player and check if it has a component video output or perhaps an HDMI output. If it does, get the appropriate video cable and switch it over to a different input on the TV. Then connect the Smart Cycle to the composite video input on the TV. If you need to get a cable, try an online store that specializes in cables. Monoprice.com is a good source and their prices are much lower than the big box electronics stores.

The other options you can use:
1) If you have a DVD recorder, plug the Smart Cycle composite video cable into the (or one of the) DVD's line in ports. Then set the DVD to the appropriate line in and the TV to the composite input when your child wants to use the Smart Cycle.
2) Get a composite video switch or a signal converter (like a composite to RF converter). Then connect the devices as needed to the switch or converter and then to appropriate ports on the TV.
(For the switch, you would connect both the DVD player and the Smart Cycle to the switch and then the switch output to the composite video port on the TV. For an example switch, see http://www.walmart.com/ip/SIIG-4-x-1-Composite-Video-and-Audio-Switch/16606752 . This model will let you switch between 4 composite video devices.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Posted on Nov 30, 2014

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  • Mel bolt Nov 30, 2014

    The smart cycle comes with red/white/yellow and the cables are hard wired to the Fisher price smart cycle. They can't be changed.

  • Cindy Wells Nov 30, 2014

    That's why I suggested changing the DVD player's cables or using a composite video switch. Many DVD players have component video and HDMI outputs. Using either HDMI or component cables between the DVD player and the TV will also let you see HD video resolution (at least 720p) from your DVD player. Composite video is 480i. Please add a comment with the DVD player model and the TV model. Then I'll be able to tell if the alternative cables or the composite video switch will work best for your use. The other option is to unplug the DVD player's composite video cable from the TV every time your child wants to use the Smart Cycle. Then you plug in the Smart Cycle's A/V cable to the TV's composite video port. Repeating this cycle at every device change would be frustrating. Cindy Wells

  • Mel bolt Nov 30, 2014

    My statement was the DVD player works fine with the avi cables so I know the cables and TV are functioning properly. The DVD player was used to test the TV and cables. The smart cycle, using the working avi cables and the working avi input does not work. The DVD player is a non issue. The problem is with the smart cycle. The smart cycle works on other TV but not the brand new elements TV. I think it has to do with the video input. There is no yellow input, there is only a green. The TV manual says to use the green for the yellow input. Do I possibly need a green cable?

  • Cindy Wells Nov 30, 2014

    Which model TV is this? I've never heard of any that used a green port for the yellow composite video. There are some TVs that use 3-1 RCA plug reducing adapters. However those still have composite video or audio only to a yellow port. The green port gets the three component video cables connected. Based on your additional information, I think you temporarily connected the DVD player to the TV and the DVD's composite video output went into the green port on the TV. Then you unplugged the DVD player; I thought you had both devices plugged in full-time and should swap the inputs being used. In that case, I'd check if the Smart Cycle's yellow cable is connecting firmly to the port. If it's at all loose, the signal would be uninterpretable. The other possibilities are slight damage to the cable or interference. Damage could mean the wire doesn't conduct the signal through a bend as it is routed between the TV and the Smart Cycle. This might not have happened on a TV with the inputs in a slightly different configuration. Try smoothing out any twists or places where the cable forms a loop. If the power cord (or another source of interference) is very close to the video input, you might also need a Ferrite core placed around the wire (possibly two one at each end) to prevent the interference. The DVD player's A/V cable may have better shielding. Here's one ferrite core designed to snap around an existing cable:http://www.amazon.com/Ferrite-Core-Cord-... . I hope this helps. Cindy Wells

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Use the newer type connectors, you'll lose quality otherwise.

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