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Hi all,

My DVD player started playing up yesterday & will only show in black & white as well as some picture distortion, much like when the tracking is out on a VCR. It was fine in the morning as I watched a film with my Son, but when I tried to use it in the evening this problem started. It does it with all DVD's including the one I watched in the morning.

I am in the U.K so both the player & TV are PAL, my DVD player is a JVC THS-1 & is connected directly to the TV via RGB SCART.

I don't think its a problem with the TV as my Playstation works fine if I put it in the same socket & I have also bought a new SCART lead & tried it just to make sure its not that.

I have no problem opening it up & playing around inside as it's out of warranty & being that its unusabe to me in it's current state I don't care if I make it worse, but any pointers on what areas to look at would be appreciated. Dry joints, certain components or whatever.

Thanks in advance for any replys

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May 21, 2007 2:32 PM

Is the disc you're trying to play also PAL? Is it one that worked before?

May 21, 2007 3:35 PM

Yes everything is PAL & retail.

All have worked before & still work fine in the Playsation.

May 21, 2007 5:09 PM

does it only start when you begin playing the disc, or is the intro screen for the player/menus etc, also acting up? Some players are dual mode and can flip to NTSC mode with the right button presses. Perhaps yours got flipped somehow?

May 21, 2007 8:11 PM

It still does it with no disc in the tray.

I'm pretty sure it doesn't have an NSTC mode & can find no mention of it in the manual.

Thanks for the replys by the way ^_^

May 22, 2007 12:25 PM

I'm down to those last few ideas:

1. Your player has an NTSC mode that's not mentioned in the manual (would explain the black and white image), and somehow your son pressed the right buttons. Try a Google search on your model number and see if anyone else has posted instructions on how to change modes.

2. Your TV can interpret NTSC and PAL systems per input, and there's a menu setting to adjust it. (you can eleimante this possibility by connecting the player to a different TV)

3. The player is shot and it's time for a new one.

Let us know what you find out. 

May 22, 2007 7:48 PM

Still can't find a mention of NSTC on it & my TV is fine with NTSC anyhow. 

Looks like its shot then.

Time for me to take it apart & see what i can find, you never know i may get lucky I did when my TV broke.

I'm thinking it may be a dry solder joint on the SCART output or the colour processing unit is shot (if there is such a thing in there). If all else fails at least the surround sound still works for everything I have plugged into it, so maybe I'll just get another player when I can afford it.

Any reccomendations on a cheap player with 5.1 surround & an optical out?

Thanks again Matt 

May 25, 2007 7:17 PM

I found this site by googling "dvd player problem black and white."

I've got a Philips DVP 5960.  It had been working fine until this afternoon.  In the process of unplugging my receiver, DVD, TiVO, etc, and plugging them all back in, the DVD suddenly started playing in black and white only.  I've tried using different component cable, different display types on the TV, different display types through the DVD player, everything, and nothing works.  The TV is a Panasonic and runs in NTSC. 

I'm trying to deal with Philips customer support and figure it out.  If it can be fixed I'll post an update. 

May 25, 2007 11:09 PM

Have any of you good folks tried to unplug the DVD players for any period of time and then plug it back in?  You may have a frequenct converter problem or there is a conversion glitch in the microprocessor.  If that does not work, try it on a multisync TV set just to be sure, and if that does not work there is a problem in your D to A converter chip in the DVD players digital processor.  By the way the D to A means digital to analog converter.  This is an IC inside these DVD and CD players that take the processed laser light that is in digital form and gets converted to an anolog signal.  Then this analog signal is then broken up into audio and video signals and then processed through differant circuits to convert to baseband frequencies.  Base band is another name, by the way, for composite video and audio, and that is the red, white, and yellow jacks, But before that circuit, you have an output for the s-video as well as the scart and the component cables if that are any.  The A to D converters are expensive surface mounted IC's and are not worth the labor to repair.  Good Luck with your DVD players and if you figure this out or get them fixed, Please let us know what was involverd.

"Those who do not know their opponent's arguments, do not completely understand their own".**For complete TV repair kits including parts goto www.TvRepairKits.com

June 21, 2007 3:29 AM

Hi, I have a similar problem.

The DVD Player for my car first produce a color output. But after 1-2 minutes of playtime the picture turns black & white. If I shutdown the player and turn it on after a while then it works good for another 1-2 minutes. I thought that could be a overheating circuit but I have opened it up and used a cold spray everywhere except the laser diode circuits. Any suggestions?

Larry wrote "Have any of you good folks tried to unplug the DVD players for any period of time and then plug it back in?"

I didn't understand whats happening when unplupping the player? Would you like to explain that further? 

June 21, 2007 10:35 AM

kebne said: Larry wrote "Have any of you good folks tried to unplug the DVD players for any period of time and then plug it back in?" I didn't understand whats happening when unplupping the player? Would you like to explain that further? 

Leaving an electronic device unplugged is a common way to reset them (microprocessors, reload internal software, etc). It's not a fix for everything, but it's a easy thing to do that does fix a lot of weird problems with devices.

August 25, 2008 3:09 PM updated: August 25, 2008 3:14 PM

This is in the manual and fixed it for me

While 'DVD' is selected as the source and before playback

1) Press and hold SCAN MODE for 2 seconds.
The current setting appears on the display window.

2) Press Cursor Left/Right to select the desired
RGB: Select when your TV accommodates the interlaced RGB/composite video signal.
Y/C: Select when your TV accommodates the interlaced S-video signal.
You can get better picture quality in the order -"RGB" > "Y/C" > Composite.

3) Press ENTER while the selected mode
is shown on the display window.

Maybe too late now but I had this problem today.

September 5, 2008 4:09 PM updated: September 5, 2008 4:43 PM

I have the answer you seek! Most video devices have several ways to hook them up in the back of the unit. It seems the method you choose is called "component" video.Just simply make sure all of your cords are plugged in correctly.

September 5, 2008 4:14 PM

Make sure your RCA connections are good. Common problem when unit are hooked up by what is called "component" video inputs & outputs. (blue, green, & red RCA in & out)

September 5, 2008 6:34 PM updated: September 5, 2008 6:35 PM

This machine doesn't have those connections. SCART only I'm afraid.

September 6, 2008 3:20 PM

Once again, check the connections. Use "contact restore" spray to clean connections. Make sure the SCART connection is good. Whether it's composite or SCART, different conductors carry different parts of the signal. I hope this works for you. I can relate to your frustration. Good luck! :-)

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February 1, 2009 12:52 AM

I had a similar problem with the Memorex DVD Player. I thought it was shot but it turns out I only had to press a button marked P/N. Hope this can help someone!

February 1, 2009 2:13 PM

note : if you have an " s-video " , "component" or "composite" video cable plugged into the same input number on the input number on the tv ( two video connections on the same video input number on tv ( example : s-video /component video ) , then you will get the "black and white distorted picture" ( this is because of the copy right protection circuit)
also hdmi and composite inputs seem to be failing , ecspecially with the video games(plus its not advised to hook the games up to the tv in this way )( use component or s-video )

November 3, 2009 7:32 PM

Toshiba DVD SD4200 audio: fine; video: B&W no color. Cables are the three red, yellow, and white. No idea how to correct. Any ideas?

November 3, 2009 7:34 PM

Recently purchased Toshiba DVD SD4200. Audio+++ Video---(only shows B&W). Red, yellow, and white cables attached. No clue. Any ideas?

November 28, 2009 5:14 PM updated: November 28, 2009 5:20 PM

Having had several dozen problems brought to me like this they are usually fixed by changing the unit from NTSC to PAL. If this does not work then and providing it is not an obvious component failure I unplug the unit from the power and leave it overnight (to discharge all the capacitors) then plug the scart lead or all the RCA connectors into a piece of aluminium foil that is mounted on a piece of polystyrene. This shorts all the output connections together.
I know it sounds a bit brutal, but this is a last resort fix/break solution. 50% of the DVD's I see are set to NTSC and are easy fixes, out of the remaining 50% most are fixed (at least 3/4) by shorting out all the pins. Very rarely (less than 1 in 50) do I see any units with component failures.

Edited by me:
DVD's can have a menu selection of NTSC/PAL/AUTO, manufacturers set the unit by default to AUTO and if the DVD you are playing is slightly damaged (dirt, dust etc) they can register as NTSC and get 'stuck' on this setting. If you are in a PAL area make sure that the unit is set to PAL and not AUTO.

November 29, 2009 1:28 AM

If the unit uses a scart connector most likely has a bad/dirty connections on it. pulling out the scart plug/ connector, on both ends, in and out several times have fixed this problem for me many times!!! I have also had a few times where pulling out the yellow plug on the tv as well the DVD player several times take care of this!!!!!
Larry D.

"Those who do not know their opponent's arguments, do not completely understand their own".**For complete TV repair kits including parts goto www.TvRepairKits.com

View unverified member's comment - posted by kayte

November 13, 2011 6:49 PM

I've had the same problem twice now where the picture suddenly changed to black and white. Both times it was with a cheap Toshiba DVD. The solution is to go to setup in the DVD then change it back to PAL. Somehow it has switched from PAL to NTSC.....

November 13, 2011 6:53 PM

I've had the same problem twice with cheap Toshiba DVD players. Somehow they switch from PAL to NTSC. To fix it I press SETUP on the Toshiba then in video I change it back to PAL and it's all in colour again!

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