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Samsung spp4231 plasma analog video

My samsung analog video, both composite and coax does not work, tried multiple input sources. Can I just replace a video card?


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Re: Samsung spp4231 plasma analog video

No video card in the tv but the main board is probably bad

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I have a samsung 42 inch plasama ty model spp4231 when i try trunin it on the red light comes on it blinks 5 times them truns offWhat's your problem?

Hi the blinking light is a code. The service manual for this TV will have a description of the code. do a google search for the service manual and download it.

you can get parts for this tv at

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How do I connect the set top box to analogue television

What type of set top box? What outputs are available on the box and what inputs are on the TV?

For a basic OTA digital to analog converter, you put the antenna coaxial cable to the antenna in of the box. Then either connect the coax out to the TV's antenna in (set the tv and the box to Channel 3 or 4) or connect the composite out to the composite in of the TV (set the TV to the AV source).

For a set top box that has a composite out and a TV that only has a coaxial input, you need to add a RF modulator. Something like this: . If you have a composite input on the TV, use the composite cable directly; the modulator will decrease the signal strength.

There are other converters for component out to composite video. See . Going from a digital source (HDMI) to analog can be done but the resulting signal is poor compared to the original. Also DHCP content will not be transferred. See for an example.

I hope this helps. Please add a comment with the specifics of your set top box and tv for the best choice for your situation.

Cindy Wells

Jun 29, 2011 | Flat Panel Televisions

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Having trouble hooking up vcr

I've never seen a VCR use anything other than Composite, S-video or RF analog outputs. That's because VHS uses the NTSC or PAL analog video standards. (In the US, it is NTSC; in Europe PAL is the old standard.)

To use the Composite output, get a triple RCA cable (red, white and yellow connectors). Connect one end of the cable to Video Out (yellow), Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out (white) on the VCR. The other end of the cable goes to the corresponding Composite Video In jack and the adjacent Audio In jacks on the TV. If you are using S-video, (both units must have S-video jacks), the S-video cable replaces the Composite section of the triple cable, so you only need an audio patch cable (two RCA plugs on each end). Be sure to use the audio input corresponding to the S-video input. Note: S-video is generally better quality than composite, although HD digital is still superior.

If you wish to record from the TV, the TV must have a composite video or S-video output. This is not very common. If you wish to record programs from an RF source (cable or antenna), see the next paragraph.

In the days before digital, a typical connection scheme was to run the cable or antenna RF source to the ANT IN coax connector on the VCR, then run a short coax cable from ANT OUT to ANT IN on the back of the TV. This may not work with a digital source. Pre-HD VCR tuners would not be HD compatible, and may even filter out the digital signal in bypass mode (VCR off). You would need an HD to analog converter box at the VCR input to retain this setup. I have no information on your TV's support for NTSC video through the tuner (especially since you did not mention the model : /).

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I dont see a coaxial to plug in cable

This "TV" is actually a monitor. It has no tuner and thus no coax connection. You have composite, S-video and component video inputs. You will need a set-top box. If you have cable, get one that is compatible with the type of cable you are receiving (CATV (analog) or QAM (digital).) If you are getting over the air signals, the basic digital to analog tuners will work but only provide SD out. There are some HD tuner options available.

I'm assuming you have a unit with the video input board installed. (Otherwise, it would only have VGA ports.)

The manual is available here: . If the direct link doesn't work, see the Hitachi support site at . Use the drop down menus to choose your monitor (plasma monitor then model number).

I hope this helps and wish that I had better news for you.

Cindy Wells

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Componet input do not work. Error messages searching for signal,.. no input signal. It is not the source or the cables. Can wiggle the componet inputs on tv and get flash of pix or intermittant. Samsung...

the wiggling of the cables and actually getting a response usually means there is a lose connection/cold solder joint. Narrow the possible connections down and resolder the few solder points or take it to a repair shop.

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Samsung LN-R329D has fuzzy video. Menus look fine.

thats a good assumption. try multiple sources and see if its just the one source. if its fuzzy, maybe youre using coax cable?? and the cable is bad or has poor signal. try tightening all the connections and making sure the cables are ok, let me know if this doesn't help.

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Connection problem

The best hook up for this unit is to use the hdmi if your samsung box offers hdmi output. The panasonic vcr should be hooked to any one of the composit video inputs with the yellow video cable and the red and white audio cables. If the vcr does not have composite output then use a rf (coax cable) to antenna a input and put the tv on channel 3 or 4 as vcr is set for.

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Samsung SPP4231 - 42" TV

unp[lug the tv for a few moments and try it again, the IR and power button assembly could be defective

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Nope, nope and nope... It's likely the DMD board and unless you have some SMT (surface mount technology) equipment just laying around you're not repairing that board too easily... You could however remove it and send it in to PTS for rebuild at about half the cost of a new replacement..

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No video from rgb inputs

usually this is a bad connection on the system board, cable, etc.  If it's not under warranty, I would check the cable first, and try multiple video sources before opening the unit.  Worst case scenario is replacing the system board where the connections reside.

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