Question about Philips DCP855/37 Portable DVD Player
Having problem playing movies from my iPod 160 Classic? Plugged it up as per directions then the iPod screen shows a message as if no device is connected.
I don't know how to circumvent this completely annoying "feature" that was built into the 160gb Classic but I can tell you what's happening. I had the same "problem" which befuddled my local Apple dealer at first. After some investigation, they learned that this was intentionally designed to work with either of two specific Apple accessories: the composite or the component cables they manufacture and crucify us by selling them for nearly $50. You can't use regular composites or components (which would be lots cheaper) because (as was explained in an internet article I came across) Apple has supposedly put some type of chip or something in their cables that will allow only theirs to work. Bottom line: Apple is trying to pad their bottom line by designing and selling us something that could be done for was less $$$.
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
There's an easier (and less expensive) answer... downgrade the firmware on your iPod of version 1.0.2. For some inexplicable reason, at that level (not higher or lower), my iPod 160GB Classic plays movies without issue on the Philips. Regarding how to downgrade your firmware, it's explained at various other sites but in short you replace the two Software Update files in the iTunes directory, disconnect from the internet (to prevent iTunes from automatically downloading the newest version) and then restore your iPod. Once you've got 1.0.2 installed, re-synch and it'll work like a charm!
Posted on Feb 27, 2008
From an Amazon Post: 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful: An iPod Classic 160gb CAN BE made to work with one of these units, December 22, 2007 By Technophile "Technophile" (Detroit, MI USA) - See all my reviewsThere is a way to make the iPod Classic 160 gb work with the Philips line of Portable DVDs with iPod docking but its awkward and requires the purchase of Apple's Composite AV Cable ($50). Apple installed in the 6th generation iPods what amounts to an electronic lock. When you set the player up to send out video externally it will ask you to "Please Connect Video Accessory". It's looking for the sixth generation Apple Composite AV Cable plug. Somewhere embedded in the plug's configuration is the key to the lock that the player is looking for. Once you insert this plug the movie you have selected will begin to play and all you have to do then is remove the cable and insert the unit into the dock and you should see your video displayed. As i said before, this is an awkward work around and should you go back to the main menu to select a different movie you will have to perform these steps again. For those of you (like me) who were stuck with one of these units, this work around just might make you feel a little better about your purchase. Good Luck!!!!
Posted on Jan 21, 2008
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