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Picture only shows in black & white when playing DVD

I was watching a dvd in colour. I accidentally sat on the dvd remote which I'm guessing pressed a sequence of buttons. This changed the picture to black & white. I went through the dvd user manual but couldn't find any setting which toggles between colour/black & white. I would like to get the dvd to play in colour again.

It is not the TV which is causing this as normal tv plays fine in colour. The tv is also connected to a VCR which is also playing fine in colour.

Note: when the dvd player is switched on, a "Philips" screen comes on. This is in colour. It is only when the dvd is played that the colour is lost. I have tried several dvds - all in black & white.

I tried switching between PAL and NTSC, dvd still plays in black and white.

If you can assist, that would be great. Thanks.

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  • JennR Dec 28, 2007

    I have a Denon DVD-1710 that is only showing in black and white. The remote number is RC-982. I tried to look up the factory specs, but can't find a solution...Any ideas?

  • fishbonee Jan 06, 2008

    Hi my sony DVP-NS51p display on my TV in black and white pictures. i done all there is to be done on my knowledge but to no avail.
    pls help me out.

  • debbieamber Jan 09, 2008

    I have a spongeg bob emerson dvd model number sb329 and i was tring to program my daughter leap frog that runs thru the dvd and now the dvd only plays black and white i tried to use the remote the restore factory setting but no luck please help

  • scaddenp Jan 15, 2008

    Same player, but only with one DVD. Others are playing fine. Played with DVD/NTSC settings to no avail.

  • Winetta Mar 29, 2008

    I was watching a movie when I started seeing it in black and white. I thought it was the dvd so I changed it only to find that every one of them was playing in black and white. Please help me reset my dvd to play color again. I have a AD-N820N. Thanks.

  • mmega Apr 09, 2008

    my sony dvd player dvp-ns57p also shown the same problem. it stops working in color and plays and display only in black and while now. still scratching my head even after I talked to the sony tech support and reading the web site and reading the manual to no avail.

  • rezaru Apr 28, 2008

    I have a pioneer DVD player. Some of the DVDs and CDs it shows in colour and also the PIONEER logo is in color. But for some other CDs and DVDs it shows in black and white and also the logo appears then in black and white. Any suggestions please?

  • afreen Apr 29, 2008

    i have sony dvp-k82p and i'm facing the same problem of my screen showing black and white

  • Anonymous May 20, 2008

    ma dvd-zor only shows teh black and white and it's makin me go CRAZY!!!

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    my dvd picture shows in black and white from turning on the dvd player. the tv colour is ok. i have checked all leads . im at a loss what to try next. i also checked manual. but there isnt any solution for this prolem.

  • hollrrr Aug 10, 2008

    My dvd's only play in black and white. The vcr plays in color. What could be wrong?

  • riyasup Sep 26, 2008

    i have a sony mini hi-fi mhc-gnz88d few cds were playing blck n white,i changed theire colour type to ntsc they stated playing in colour,but later all dvds,vcds r playing in black n white even those which were previously in colour..i tried master reset also still no solution..all cds are in black n white...help!!!!

  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2008

    I have the same problem.

    My unit id Pioneer EV21


  • frustr8ed1 Mar 08, 2009

    Hi Shuttle83, I, like so many others have this situation, where everything functions properly, with the exception of loss of colour from the played disc. I have a JVC XV-S302SL player, and the problem occured after too many incorrect inputs on the remote from a visitor. All connections have been checked and rechecked, all equipment is in proper operating condition,and the only problem is an inability to access and correct back to the original factory default settings. Hate to throw down another challenge, but if you are indeed The Wiz, can you show us all how to rectify this problem, or is a new unit the only way out?

  • cmuraida Apr 08, 2009

    Our DVD plays only in black in white after we moved and reinstalled our TV, VCR, DVD, satellite receiver and tuner. The TV and VCR both play in color.

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    I have a sharp dvd combi player DV-NC65 which has worked perfectly until just recently. It will only play in black and white and I think maybe a button has been pressed on one of the remote controls accidentally. We have tried pressing them all but to no avail!



    The television works okay in colour, and the manual was no help at all, neither was the troubleshooting guide. Can you help?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I have a digihome tv with a built in DVD player an the screen has no fine black and white have tried all settings and everything seems fine can anyone help me please

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Same problem with an older JVC player. One end of the S-video cable was loose. Pushed in in tight and everything ok again. Cheap fix if it works for you.

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Turn the switch at the back from s-video to video

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    pep223 Jan 31, 2013

    no such switch on mine

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Hello merdith,

If you provide the brand of the DVD and remote, I would be able to look up the specs and then tell you how to reset your factory default settings.

Also, if you want to look up this information, what you are looking for is information on resetting the factory defaults of your DVD player. Check the manufacture's website for the documentation, or google the brand of DVD player and look for the users manual as the search item.

I hope this helps,
Shuttle83

Posted on Dec 22, 2007

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    nanasoadwa Feb 01, 2013

    the brand of the remote is sony KM - 608

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Sharp DVNC65H plays tapes in colour bout DVDs in monochrome. Solution for me was to set the TV to s-video.

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Yeah this happened on my jvc tv but it's a built in dvd player

Posted on Apr 03, 2015

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    Ethan Ashworth Apr 03, 2015

    Yeah this happened on my jvc tv but it's a built in dvd player

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I had the same issue. Just disconneted the S-VEDIO and now using the vedio connected and color start showing again

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

If connected using a scart lead the S-VIDEO function may have been switched resulting in B&W picture. Could try selecting this.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

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