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VIDEO/DVD RECORDER I have tried to play a video and also DVD on my machine and nothing is happening. The screen on the TV is also not working through the channel where it was playing. As soon as i press play on the remote control to play the video nothing happens. There is a noise to suggest it is trying to play the video but doesn't. Also i put a DVD in to play and again it says it is playing on the front of the machine but nothing is coming out on the screen. The power is working and there is no video stuck in the machine because i have ejected two of them to make sure that it is not the video itself. Can you help please.

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Ok here is a small checklist for you before going into panic mode.

  1. Most combo DVD/VID players will have a button on the face of the unit for switching between DVD & VIDEO, ensure this is set for the correct mode of operation.
  2. AV channel on TV's come in several different modes for multi outlets on the TV itself (ie: it may have more then 1 outlet for AV - rear, side & front on some TV's) ensure you have the correct AV channel selected.
  3. Check the connection configuration in your user manual, there may also be incorrect connection to the TV or Unit itself.
  4. The yellow lead usually is the Video lead ( this is for both modes DVD & VIDEO ), this is the one that is most likely incorrectly connected. Double check where it needs to go. The correct lead & socket should also be yellow if this is the case.
  5. AV in and AV out - Make sure you check both on the TV and the unit for the label AV IN and AV OUT, this is the most common connection error, it should be AV OUT from the unit > AV IN on the TV ( mostly the rear connection points will have this as with the ones on the rear of the unit )
  6. One other possible scenario is that you are not using AV leads ( commonly referred to as RCA Leads ) - you may well be using 5.1 connections ( All in one bundle that connects directly to the back of the unit and also the TV. This usually eliminates connection errors as it has several smaller pins in either end that connect at both ends. It is highly unlikely that these are incorrect in any case. This would most likely only be on the incorrect TV channel selection. Ensure you are on the correct one by cycling the channels with the unit playing either DVD or VIDEO.
  7. There can be other scenarios that will make your life difficult, however i feel in the majority of cases, the ones described above are the most common offenders.
  8. Other then this, perhaps consider having the unit checked by a professional ( to ensure it works normally ) this would confirm if either the unit is faulty and needs repair or the connections are incorrect.
Hope some of this helps, as most of these problems can be solved on the spot with a quick visual, however seeing your current setup is not possible and these tips are the most likely to help. Trust you find it's something simple of this nature.

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