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OSD Have had the 3805 for 3 years, couldn't get the OSD to work when I got it and blew it off. Would like to get it working. I have connected the Monitor out via S-Video to Input-3 of my Mitsubishi rear-projection. When I hit system setup on the remote, no display.

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  • gdgates Jul 10, 2008

    I don't have any video running through the receiver - I only have HD satellite and DVD, both running straight into the TV via component. I've tried RCA and S-Video both, running from each video out on the Denon to all the inputs on the Mits. As for the manual, I don't really think it's helped me with ANY problem I've had yet. It's gibberish for the most part. I might have to try the reset option.

  • gdgates Jul 10, 2008

    I think I don't have the video input/outputs assigned correctly. I'll play with it some more and see what I can come up with it. Can I run the monitor output on the denon to any input on the TV, then switch the TV to that input? I can't see any reference in the manual at all as to how to set up the OSD. It talks about how to use it, but not how to hook it up.

  • gdgates Jul 12, 2008

    Wow, after all that, the rest suggestion fixed the problem. I would have never even thought of that myself!



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If you have checked thru the owners manual and could not find anything helpful for getting the OSD working again, you may want to try this reset procedure at the end of this post and then try to get the OSD working again. The owners manual should give instructions on how to activate the OSD.

This reset procedure will clear all the setting you have made, so make sure you know how to put those settings back in again before doing this.

If you do see the video from what ever video device you have connected to the unit (DVD player ect. ) but you don't see the OSD when you enter into any setup menu, then this reset procedure may help fix that problem.

If you are not seeing any video from the video device connected to the unit, then you may just have the wrong setting for the output from the video out to the TV. These Denon's are very complicated receivers (which you must know, since you own this receiver), and an improper setting can be causing the problems you have.

Befor eyou do this, go thru the settings menu and look for a OSD setting and see if it is turned off. If so, turn it on. If you can not find anything for the OSD try using the set up on the display of the Denon instead of the remote.

Here is the reset procedure:

With the unit turned off, hold down these two buttons at the same time:

Pure direct + Direct

while holding those buttons down, then press the power button to turn on the unit. Keep holding those buttons down for at least 3 seconds after turing the unit on and the display should flash at about 1 second intervals. then you can let off the two buttons and the unit is reset back to the same settings as when it was new. You now will need to put all of your custom settings back in to the way you need them.

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    Dave DeGain Jul 10, 2008

    Like I said, it is a complicated receiver (gibberish). I hope the reset helps you get this going. It should have no problem with the OSD, so if this does not help, you may need it serviced. But I am not sure you would want to pay a hefty price just for the OSD.

    If you are wanting an OSD, you must also select a video function like, DVD or Video 1, on the denon. You won't see an on screen display if you are in the tuner function or something like that. It is also possible that since you have no video devices going into the Denon, it may not be activating the Video output to the monitor because it is not sensing any video device connected to it. You may want to run one of your video devices into the Denon with the composite (yellow RCA jack), you can do that without disconnecting it from the Mits since they are connected with the component. It might be worth playing around with.


  • Dave DeGain
    Dave DeGain Jul 10, 2008

    The OSD is automatic, no set up needed. You must have the video output assigned wrong as you said. Since you have not used any video device going thru the Denon, it was hard to tell if you had the video output set up right.

    Yes, you can use any video output on the Denon, as long as the TV has the same thing to run it into. Just make sure when you set up a video output from the Denon, say for instance the DVD function of the Denon, you also select the DVD function on the Denon when you want to see the OSD.

    You should be able to just plug a composite (yellow RCA jack) video from the monitor output of the Denon into the TV and then go thru each function of the Denon and use the setup menu and see which one it is set for. Try DVD first, run the setup menu, if no OSD then go to the next function on the Denon and try again with the setup menu, if no OSD, go to the next and so on. Once you find it, you just need to remember what function the Denon is set up for that video output. Do that, or set up a function on the Denon for the proper video output from the Denon. A bit confusing, but I think you are just about there now. If I had understood in the begining how you were using the Denon, with no video device, I could have figured this out earlier. I thought you had video from the Denon, but no OSD.

    Good luck,


  • Dave DeGain
    Dave DeGain Jul 12, 2008

    I am glad it helped, if you ever need my help again you know where to find me.




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