DVD Player Issue

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I have had a relatively old (7 years maybe) DVD player connected to be an aged Sony TV for years using a Scart connection. Don't use the DVD very often (1 or 2 times a month) and it worked fine last time .
Tried to watch last night but two problems ; remote didn't work and at first no sound on manually operated DVD. Fiddled around with Scart connection and sound came on but now no picture.

No problem I thought, I've got an identical DVD player (barely used) so connected that one and exactly same problems! I thought only common item now is the Scart cable so replaced that (several around from old connections).

In doing this always made sure cabling was secure and tried different DVDs. Whatever combination only sound now.

I'm sort of resigned to buying another DVD player but with HDMI connection but I am totally mystified how 2 DVDs can present same problems. 

Any thoughts please.
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  • DullGreyGuy
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    It could also be a problem with the SCART port on the TV... do you have more than one so you could try a different input?

     Does TV and DVD player both have an alternative input, such as composite or component? Composite would be a step down in picture quality but sometimes something is better than nothing. 

  • newatc
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    Yes Dullgreyguy, I missed that bit out. Tried a different Scart port. 
    It is very basic DVD player so don't think there is another possible connection especially as I wouldn't have the cables.

    It just seems so illogical!
  • victor2
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    Could it be that you've switched off the video input to the TV, apart from its own tuner? 
    Look at source settings for the TV...

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  • DullGreyGuy
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    newatc said:
    Yes Dullgreyguy, I missed that bit out. Tried a different Scart port. 
    It is very basic DVD player so don't think there is another possible connection especially as I wouldn't have the cables.

    It just seems so illogical!
    Seems unlikely/improbable rather than illogical. 

    Composite connection is more basic than SCART so wouldn't rule it out that quickly. In fact SCART was a bad design because its only a port shape and actually can carry Composite, S.Video and RGB video signals but both devices have to be able to receive each... if you connected a DVD player up that could send S.Video by SCART but your TV's port couldn't accept it then you'd get a picture but in black and white.

    Is there someone who may have played with settings? More likely on the TV given it's impacting 2 DVD player. Assuming the sound comes from the TV not a soundbar or other external device?
  • newatc
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    After a lot of retrying and fiddling with the Scart cable route, I've got it to work. The original remote is not functioning so will be binned but alternate one is ok.

    I now suspect a part of the problem is that I confused myself by trying out various things.  Spent two hours on it (not the sharpest tool in the practical box  :) ). 

    Thanks for the help.
  • DigSunPap
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    edited 25 October 2023 at 4:37PM
    Are DVD players even worth having anymore though really? There is such an abundance available now on streaming platforms that DVD players have become obsolete? I know this is no help to solving your situation but just a thought.
  • Olinda99
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    the problem with streaming is often unskippable adverts
  • Neil_Jones
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    Olinda99 said:
    the problem with streaming is often unskippable adverts

    And stuff disappearing.

    At least with DVD its yours for the life of the disk.  If you break it, your own fault.  Not your fault if the rights Netflix have run out and you're halfway through it...
  • newatc
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    I couldn't do without my DVDs , from time to time I get a film or series or documentary (mostly films) in my mind and I know where it is and put it on. No hassle ( well rarely  :) )
  • DigSunPap
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    newatc said:
    I couldn't do without my DVDs , from time to time I get a film or series or documentary (mostly films) in my mind and I know where it is and put it on. No hassle ( well rarely  :) )
    Do they not get boring after a while though watching the same films over again. Means you have to keep buying more to keep it fresh
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