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Saturday night and Sunday morning

I rented a DVD. Well, the DVD portion of my combo VCR/DVD player wouldn't play it. So I took it to my PC, and found that it played very choppily, with the video jerking and the audio completely distorted. I spent Saturday evening trying to fix that and couldn't.

So I went out today and bought a new DVD player. Now I've figured out that my TV, with its one coaxial input, is too old to work with it.

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glory_jean
Nov. 2nd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
First thing you should check is the disk itself. Rentals are likely to be full of fingerprints. Clean the disks with a soft cloth like for eyeglasses (or a t-shirt will work. Clean across the disk - don't follow circular shape.

Some players are very picky about the disk condition. It could be your player too. My oldest dvd/vcr has decided most disks have "errors" and won't play them at all.

For your TV, get a converter thingy (I can never remember the name). I use one our 70's era Montgomery Ward special. (Hey it still works, ;) It's not even cable ready, hee). I'll look for the actual name of the converter thingy. You can get them at Radio Shack or places like it.
glory_jean
Nov. 2nd, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Ha, found it!

This is the one I have. We use one on another old TV for my son's WII.

np_complete
Nov. 2nd, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I unplugged the old DVD player for two minutes and then turned it on again. This time it attempted to load the DVD and finally concluded, "Unknown Disk". So the problem appears to be with the disk. I tried the player with a Doctor Who DVD and it was fine.

The problem with the new one vs. the TV is that the DVD player has audio and video output jacks and my TV just has a coax socket for a VCR. No separate audio and video inputs. But there probably is some gadget, probably made by Radio Shack, that could get them talking.

Thanks for the help!
kalleah
Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Radio Shack really does have everything.
irishaithne
Nov. 3rd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
You need an RF Adapter. My TV is old - one coax - and my DVD player has the three outputs. The pretty rf adapter from Target makes them play nicely together. It's really cheap. I think mine was like between $10 and $20.
np_complete
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Does RF mean Radio Frequency? See, this is what I don't understand. Why would radio waves be involved in a connection between the three DVD outputs and the single coax input?
irishaithne
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't know what RF stands for. But that was what the gadget I got is called and it works. You plug the coax in one socket and the three inputs plug into the others and it fixes the problem. If it is Radio Frequency, it beats me as to why...
np_complete
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Whatever RF means, it sounds like the gadget I need. And Target has them? Great!
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