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Soreen play no color and constant humming sound,

Screen play no color and constant humming sound, no audio. "Device USB" says 0 even though hooked up to hard drive.

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  • melahyou Jul 14, 2009


    Here is more information as requested and anything else that might be helpful.

    1. The model no. is SPTVL and it is a small box that can use any external hard drive to store files.

    2. My OS is Windows XP. However my hard drive and screenplay device is not working when hooked up to the TV. I can see the files and play the movies on my computer.

    3. My screenplay was working until I inadvertantly changed some of the settings. The horizontal hold was off and the picture was rolling so I could not see what I was doing to restore the settings. I got the TV to stop horizontal roll by following directions on how to stop that but now I don't know what I did to throw the settings off.

  • melahyou Jul 22, 2009


    Sorry for delay but tried fix and still same results, no color and constant humming sound. May need to reset all factory defaults. If you can get a copy of original defaults as set by factory, I can check current settings against them. Screen no longer rolling but no color and humming sound continues.


  • melahyou Jul 28, 2009

    I messed up the settings for my screen play tv link. It was working when I first got it and I got into the menu for settings and changed the video settings from nsts to pal by mistake. Then the image started to horizontal roll so I couldn't see the menu to change it back. In the meantime, I must have entered some other wrong settings while trying to adjust horizontal hold.
    I need the original settings that were there when I got the screen play box from iomega so I can change it back. I got the horizontal rolling to stop but the video is still only black and white and audio is only a buzzing or humming sound. Even when I changed video setting back to nsts, picture still only black and white and humming sound continues.



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Since you put it back to NTSC, then that part should be fine, so then I would be guessing that the problem here is one of three things, as a normal computer screens will do the same if you either, one, Have a too high resolution for the device, so try putting the source's resolution to 640x480 if you can, if not 800x600 should be OK. Two, you have too high a color setting on the source, so try using 16-bit color instead of 32-bit. And third, too high of a refresh rate. A normal TV refresh rate, and also most devices that require a rapid refresh to trick the eye into seeing movement will work at 60hz. So that's the frequency the refresh rate should be at for maximum compatibility. Although a television has two kinds of refresh rates depending on models, but that's another story involving interlace scan and progressive scan just like the HD resolutions when they say 720p and 1080i and such, and for your problem will be too much info and does not really apply. But if you want me to explain the workings of interlaced and progressive refresh rates for your personnal info and curiosity, just write me a comment saying so and i will gladly explain all the bells and whistles to you.:) So hope this helps out a bit, if not, then i don't think i will be able to find the factory specs for your device, but if you send me all the details of the current setting on the device i will be able to spot any value out of the ordinary and tell you what to change it back to. So as i was saying, hope this helps, and hope to hear some news from you soon.:)

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In order to answer your question I need the following information;

1) Exact model of screenplay device eg. tv link or hard drive

2) Your OS e.g Vista or XP

3) Whether screenplay was working and has stopped or is this is a new install?

Please use the comment button to provide this information and I will continue to troubleshoot.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

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    The issue is you have set your Screenplay to output on PAL and your television is NTSC. This will result in a black and white picture with no sound. To correct this connect your Screenplay to your TV and press the NTSC/PAL button on front of the Screenplay.

    If the picture rolls again you may have to fine tune your TV not the Screenplay to correct. Make sure you are connecting correctly to your TV and the RCA connectors in the right place. Be careful as sometimes it is easy to mistakenly cross connect the white connector to the yellow connector etc....

    Also ensure that you have selected the correct TV channel for viewing your Screenplay on your TV. Consult your TVs manual for tuning instructions if necessary and you may have to use the fine tune function to get it just right.

    Most importantly ensure that the Screenplay is outputting an NTSC signal to your TV.

    PAL is a European Standard for TVs and I am assuming you live in USA.

    If this resolves the problem please rate my answer. If not let me know how you got on and I will respond again.

    Many Thanks.


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It is your computer that processes your video files and send to the TV screen hooked with your CPU. And the device you are describing is only holding huge video files for playing.

Just try to configure your display setting to enable dual-monitor and try to lower the resolution of the second monitor. If you know the maximum resolution of your TV, then set it up so that they will communicate and you can watch your videos.

I hope it helps. Regards!

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

  • Jess Jul 28, 2009

    omega screen play recognizes USB formatted using NTFS or FAT32. Using your PC please check your USB format.


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