Problem: Was working fine till one day all of a sudden the display won't work. The audio was still on. Initially I was using the normal Analog Video/ Audio connections. To troubleshoot, tried to connect S-VIDEO which was showing black & white stripes. Even opened the DVD recorder (I used to have some advanced level electronics knowledge a few years back - not now). Since I had spend $200+ on this, won't give up so easily. Resolution: (1) Googling led to this site. (2) Got a few tips from the great post by "DaninFuchs" - hats off to the guru. (3) Looked at the user manual quickly - no directions. (4) Closer look at remote - showed a key named "PS" which is used to switch from/to Progressive Scan/Interlace modes. Pressing this resolved the problem.
Do you have the audio plugs in the proper spot? The red & white audio plugs from the PS 2 need to be plugged into the audio in jacks on the portable dvd player in order to get sound. Should match up red to red; white to white for sound, yellow to yellow for video. Hope this helps.
Are you using component video cables for the component outputs on your tv? Plugging composite cables into component output generally will produce poor if any video.
Also, check the back of your dvd player to see if you need to flip a switch to enable component video output. Good luck.
I found your model information on a site which provided something I was going to ask you if I could not find it.DVD recorders need either a digital input from a cable box or a self-contained digital scanner(yours does not have this).So,you need to hook up as follows,External cable into cable box input,cable box output into DVD recorder input,DVD recorder output to TV coaxial cable input(usually labeled ant.)the screw on connector anyhow,you should know what I mean it seems.In this configuration,you should not need to turn on the DVD recorder to watch TV without recording because they usually have a bypass mode when there is no power on the DVD.If you have picture in picture(PIP),you should be able to use the main source to record and switch over to the PIP channel if you do not want to watch what you are recording.Do about a 10-30 second test of that just to make sure though so you don't end up all messed up.Oops.My bad...you do not have PIP.As long as the cable box is tuned to the channel you want to record,you should be able to use the TV's tuner to watch something else with no problem.When doing this on VHS recorders,sometimes the screen would get fuzzy and you would have to press the TV/VCR vutton on the VCR remote.I do not know if a DVD recorder will do it or not as I have yet to buy one,but when you do your test recording,you can mess around with whatever you want to see what happens so you will be fully prepared when you do it.If you need more help or have a problem/question,just comment here and I will get an autolink to your post and will reply ASAP.Good luck! Greg
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