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How to change Replay's Output cable connection

post #1 of 9
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Happy New Year everyone! I bought a new HD LCD TV and want to upgrade my Replay's output cables from RCA Video Composite to S-Video. I thought this would be a simple plug and play routine, but it doesn't work with S-Video. When I plug in the Composite Video cable it does work. What might I have overlooked here?
I had also bought a small (20")LCD HD TV for my office a few weeks ago, and I tried to upgrade those output cables from composite to component. I changed the output settings to component in the Replay setup menu, but it, too, wouldn't play through component. I had to go back and hook up the composite cables to get it to work. I'm hoping it's not a case of once you make your choice in the menu, you have to stick with it unless you hard reset your Replay. Please say it isn't so!
post #2 of 9
Nope, it ain't so. You do need to go back to your settings and choose the new input and assign it a lineup.
post #3 of 9
I've never quite understood why the ReplayTV was the way it was, but it is. The component output is software programmable and controlled. The component output is redundant with the composite and S-Video outputs. That is, once you've programmed for component, all three outputs are live. An interesting side effect is that when you've programmed for component and have that hooked up, your HDTV will be blank during the first part of boot up, until the component output control kicks in. Because of that, I leave the composite cable connected for debug purposes.

Bye.
post #4 of 9
S-video output (not INPUT, Creech) should be plug-and-play. I didn't have to do anything on my Replays, it's always active like composite out. Either your LCD doesn't like the signal (bad cable?) or the Replay's S-Vid output is borked. Have you tried something else feeding S-Vid to the LCD, like a laptop with TV Out? Have you tried feeding the Replay's S-Vid to your other LCD TV?
post #5 of 9
Just out of curiosity, did you try checking each of the video inputs on the TV with your TV remote? i.e - video1, video2, .... etc.
post #6 of 9
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I did try to use another S-Video cable, no luck. I tried other inputs on the new TV as well...no luck. I'm going to try Crunchy Doodle's idea and set the output to Composite to see if that activates the S-Video. I'll let you all know...
post #7 of 9
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Crunchy Doodle, we have a winner! Changing the Replay's menu output to Composite (***EDITED: should read Component, not composite***) did enable the S-Video output connection just as you said. All this time, I never knew that aspect of the Replay. I've never activated the progressive out before because the menu gave me the impression that it is only for component connections. That's a strange novelty, but something that I bet more and more replay owners will be asking about as they migrate to HD TV sets. Thanks for the help everyone.
post #8 of 9
That's weird, but do you mean changing menu output to component (i.e., progressive out)? You mentioned composite, but I don't see that option for output (I thought it was always on). And it doesn't make any sense to me, because I have two 5504's and progressive out is not enabled on either, but S-Vid works fine on both.

Is it possible that you connected S-Vid while the Replay was up and running in your first post? I know that video cards can detect whether a TV with S-Vid is connected, so maybe a simple reboot was all you needed to have the Replay detect and use it.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

That's weird, but do you mean changing menu output to component (i.e., progressive out)? You mentioned composite, but I don't see that option for output (I thought it was always on). And it doesn't make any sense to me, because I have two 5504's and progressive out is not enabled on either, but S-Vid works fine on both.

Is it possible that you connected S-Vid while the Replay was up and running in your first post? I know that video cards can detect whether a TV with S-Vid is connected, so maybe a simple reboot was all you needed to have the Replay detect and use it.

Sorry, for the confusion. You're right, I had meant to say Component (progressive out) not composite. My replay is the 5000 series, and it didn't work with S-video out until I changed the video menu setting to "progressive".
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