I mistakenly set the video format from NTSC to PAL (European Standard) and the screen is now blank when playing dvd's. The system buttom on the remote does not bring back the menu screen to allow me to change back to NTSC.
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I forget exactly how to do this, and i know how to do it, but your menu should still display on your tv when you press the menu button. but,,,,
worse i did it in a hotel and had to get engineering to fix it for me....
you need to reset the system, the instructions are in the manual,
but to get your picture dislaying on your tv, get an adaptor for the end of your scart cable and plug the yellow video component into the AV socket on your TV. this should work until you wade through the manual. even though the picture wont be good.
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It sounds to me as if you have the Video standard wrong, Check what your standard is either PAL, NTSC or SECAM and make sure you have correct one activated. Sounds like a PAL signal being played NTSC. or vice versa.
It's likely to be an incompatible signal. You have PAL (UK) and NTSC (Belgium), the DVDR/VCR combo may not be compatible with PAL causing it to seem like it's not receiving any signal, when in fact it is - but not in a recognisable format.
You may try and get an NTSC to PAL signal converter like this:
That'll solve your problem.
After reading over your owners manual I can only offer once piece of advice. You should be able to reset your system by unplugging it from the power fully for 60 seconds. This is usually used during a power interruption or surge, but may assist in this case as well.
Hey DLRIII, One of the most common reasons why you might receive this kind of message is if you are attempting to use a PAL (European) disc in an NTSC-formatted (North American or Japanese) Playstation 3. To my knowledge though, Sony has not made any kind of statement indicating that North American PS3's may have been accidentally packaged with PAL-formatted or incorrect regional demo discs. Additionally, many demo discs may typically contain both NTSC and PAL-formatted promotional material. There are a couple of things you might want to try before seeking additional assistance through Sony. First, I'd suggest testing other DVD/Blu-ray discs from your collection that were purchased within the U.S. or Canada in the PS3. If these discs function properly, you most likely aren't looking at a hardware problem with the PS3 itself. You may wish to then check out the TV where you currently have the PS3 connected. If that TV is not able to support video in the PAL broadcasting standard, this may also be a reason why you are receiving this error message. Many older or analog TV's that are only NTSC-compliant will not be able to recognize a PAL-formatted signal sent by any external device (DVD player, video game console, etc.), and could possibly result in a similar error message being displayed. The best way to test this is to try connecting your PS3 to a different TV, preferably one that was purchased within the past few years and has an internal digital (ATSC) receiver. Hope this helps you out. Sincerely, Aaron Go Ahead. Use Us.
There can one of two problems here. Either your DVD player's output is set to NTSC and you are attempting to play it through a PAL (European) TV, or you are perhaps using the SVHS output incorrectly. The solution is to access the player's setup menu and ensure the video output is set to your standard (PAL or NTSC). Hope this helps!