Setting up TVDrive using component cables

zedzed

Active Member
Got my TVDrive installed at the weekend - looks good :)

Engineer claimed that the box has to be set up with scart first, and then he could switch is to use component. Now ... the only way for me to get scart into my plasma (Panny PW7) is via a JS Tech. SCART to VGA converter, and then into the VGA port on the plasma.

Now that I've moved from normal Telewest to TVDrive (component connections) - I was hoping to sell my JS Tech. box and (expensive) VGA cable on these very forums. But .... I'm worried that if I ever need to reset my TVDrive it'll default back to needing a SCART connection ... and I'll be stuffed!

So ... does anyone know ... is it possible to set up a TVDrive from scratch using component cables? (I'm guessing I'll be some method of getting to the settings screen without being able to see a picture on the screen!)

Thanks,

Dez

p.s. For the record, no, I don't have HDMI - my plasma doesn't support it.
 

dan1979

Member
Resetting the TVDrive doesn't change the connection type - that only happens if you follow a specific set of commands to select the output type on the front of the display.

You can get a composite signal via the 'video' scart on the TVDrive regardless of your chose connection type which should cover you if anything did go tits up.
 

zedzed

Active Member
dan1979 said:
You can get a composite signal via the 'video' scart on the TVDrive regardless of your chose connection type which should cover you if anything did go tits up.
Can you elaborate further - I don't have a scart socket on my plasma - so how would this help? (my inputs are: componentx2, composite (RCA), s-video, VGA (RGB)).
 

ChildOfRarn

Active Member
zedzed

The following works for HDMI and SCART.
I haven't tried it with component but it may be worth having a go.

  1. Press the RESET button
  2. Immediately press and hold the STOP and PLAY buttons on the front panel, until BOOT appears on the panel
  3. Wait until OUTPUT is displayed on front panel, then use FF to select between HDMI and SCART (and component?)
  4. Press OK
  5. The system will now reboot into the new video mode

Hope this helps

Trevor
 

zedzed

Active Member
TrevorG said:
zedzed

The following works for HDMI and SCART.
I haven't tried it with component but it may be worth having a go.

  1. Press the RESET button
  2. Immediately press and hold the STOP and PLAY buttons on the front panel, until BOOT appears on the panel
  3. Wait until OUTPUT is displayed on front panel, then use FF to select between HDMI and SCART (and component?)
  4. Press OK
  5. The system will now reboot into the new video mode

Hope this helps

Trevor
Thanks - this works nicely :) (sadly I'm trying to reset the box cause nothing seems to record!)

Dez
 

dan1979

Member
zedzed said:
Can you elaborate further - I don't have a scart socket on my plasma - so how would this help? (my inputs are: componentx2, composite (RCA), s-video, VGA (RGB)).
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=26540&C=Froogle&U=26540&T=23349

Put that in the video scart output on the tv drive then connect a single wire to the composite input on your display - that will output a signal irrespective of whether you are set to component/HDMI/scart.
 

zedzed

Active Member
Strange. Tried this (with composite cable and scart convertor thing) and I'm not getting a picture on the appopriate TV input.

Is there anything I need to do to enable (composite on) the VCR scart?

If not, then I'm guessing that either the scart convertor is broken, or it's the composite cable, or the input on my TV (which, for the record, is a Panasonic PW7 plasma, with the dual width composite/svideo/component inputs. Actually ... now I'm wondering ... do I have to remove the component cables from that board to make composite work???)

Dez
 

T0rNaDo

Moderator
could u not use a scart to s-vid lead.

from tvdrive to plasma...

on the chance u need to set it up to component again.
 

zedzed

Active Member
That's my next move - but I thought I'd try the composite way first since I had a composite cable and scart to composite convertor.

Now .... off to ebay to get a cheap cable!

Dez

p.s. All this might not be needed - I do know how to reboot the box into component mode - but I'd just like the fall back just in case!
 

buffalo2102

Novice Member
The whole idea of setting up on scart first is so that you can go through the menus, change the output format and test it before committing to it. Since the menus are not available on the VCR scart output you wont be able to do that anyway. Therefore, you might as well not bother IMO.
 

zedzed

Active Member
buffalo2102 said:
The whole idea of setting up on scart first is so that you can go through the menus, change the output format and test it before committing to it. Since the menus are not available on the VCR scart output you wont be able to do that anyway. Therefore, you might as well not bother IMO.
Ahh. Indeed - not much point in using the VCR scart then!

Does anyone know what the default output is for a (reset) TVDrive? Is it RGB SCART or Composite scart?

I don't have a SCART input into my TV - so could I use a SCART -> S-video cable (connecting from TV Scart on TVDrive to s-video input on TV)

Dez
 

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