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We have a Philips DVD Recorder a Freeserve Digital box and a TV. Since adding the DVD Recorder we cannot tune in Freeserve at all and DVD's play only in black and white. Help Please. Regards Jack

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  • jack521 Apr 10, 2008

    Thanks. The model number is DVP 3120

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Everyone lives in unspecified =)
Ok, I will assume you are in the USA.
The black and white will be a setting in your DVD recorder on the setup page.
Check that you are set to NTSC (for the USA) or change it to PAL if you are not.
Basically change it from what it is to what it's not.

Your Freeserve box should already be tuned in.
Connect it to the DVD recorders input via AV leads and then swapping the DVD recorders channels to whatever AV connection you chosse should display it onto the TV.

In a nutshell, you should have

  • Your Freeserve connecting to the DVD burner via AV
  • Your DVD burner connected to the TV via which ever is the best viewing (HDMI if you can of course, s-video otherwise)
Hope that may get you going again =)

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Hi Jack,

And if you remove the DVD Recorder, everything is back to normal?

Initially, I would suspect that your DVD is set to PAL system and not to NTSC (or could be the other way around). Could you pls post back with the exact model number of the Philips DVD Recorder?

Additionally, could you pls detail how the Freeserve Digital box is connected to the Philips DVD Recorder and then to the TV? Pls indicate if you are using Video IN/OUT, S-Video, HDMI, SCART, RF IN/OUT.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

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    Louie Role Apr 10, 2008

    Hi again Jack,

    I am assuming that you live somewhere in UK and therefore your TV color system would be PAL.. Would you pls kindly check if your Philips DVD is set to region free?

    If unsure, pls try:
    1) Proceed to Setup page
    2) Go to Preference page
    3) Press 1 3 8 9 3 1
    4) Press up/down key to select region code. 0 normally is for all regions.

    It may be that the reason DVD's are in black & white even if your DVD is region free (multi) is that your TV is only capable of PAL display whereas the disc/movies are NTSC. With your indulgence, the make and model of your TV pls?

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