September 12th, 2002


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I played with the DVD player again this morning, before heading for work. I confirmed that the connections are correct and tried to play the DVD again. It looks like the player is finding the disk and understanding it but I am not getting the video. I tried changing channels but that did not help. When I get home I'll check the video connections in case they are loose. I hope that's the problem.

Department of annoyances. I also bought some super cables. I didn't know if there were any included with the DVD player so I took the safe way of buying a separate set. A woman at Best Buy helped me choose some, did not ask why I wanted some, and I didn't ask her if there were any included in the box. Which was a little silly of me. I figure that once I get the problem figured out I will try the new bigger ("Monster") cables and see if the video is really noticeably better. If not, I'll return them.

The car charger-hands-free set I bought that night does not work in my car. The location of the cigarette lighter outlet is in a place that does not allow me to install the holder in a good position. So I have to trade that in for something that will work. I have it all together in a bag in the car so I can do that right after work.

DVD player

At this point I am certain I have done nothing wrong in connecting the DVD player to the television and I have followed the instructions for using it. Yet it doesn't play on my television. Something is up and I don't know what with. The JVC booklet offers some fine troubleshooting advice:

"No picture is displayed on the monitor." possible cause: connection of video cable is incorrect. remedy: connect the cable correctly.

The cable is connected correctly. I have virtually no choice on the television - just left and right audio jacks and one video jack. Color-coded! I'm not that lame. I am certain I got it right. So then what?

hmmm. I am thinking of a little switch on the television. input - line - something like that. I am going to see if I can find that and if it changes anything if I switch it...

Yay!! I found it I found it!! The tv/video switch on the front of the television. It didn't make a bit of dif when I chose tv/VCR on the remote, but the switch on the tv worked. Yah!! Now I gotta go rent me some DVDs!! Yeah!!

And return the expensive monster cables. I just discovered that they are for component connections, which I don't have anyway. SHeesh. I have certainly gone into this dumb. But I'm there now. whew.

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So now I'm watching an early Hitchcock movie: The Lady Vanishes. And thinking about a plumbing problem that suddenly surfaced. My kitchen faucet shoots water across the room when I try to turn it on. I need to deal with that quicklike. Only I am not familiar with this particular type of faucet. I'll turn off the water tomorrow morning and take a look.