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No color or sound

I connected the console to my new HD tv, but i don't get sound or color images, only black and white. Do I need HD cables, or is there a setting that I missed.

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Are you using component cables? If so make sure you have them plugged in!! I know I did not get mine in the first time but the cables I have are a very tight fit.

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It has something to do with the settings on your TV. Change them and also make sure you have them plugged in.

Posted on Feb 05, 2008

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  • The console powers on and shows a black and white image on the television screen
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What to do:
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