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Old 06-15-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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very poor picture - Vizio

I just hooked up a new Vizio HD tv to an older series 2 TiVo and the picture is black and white and very poor quality. this is thru the r/w/yellow cables since series 2 doesn't have hdmi. I had another lcd tv hooked up fine - what gives?

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Old 06-15-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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You will not get any better picture quality from a Series 2 since its analog and HDTV is digital and analog is only through the Y/W/R. With Series 3 and older, including Premiere, which has HDMI, they are digital capable. Series 3 can go up to 1080i resolution, and Premiere to 1080p.

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Old 06-15-2013, 11:33 PM   #3
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Is it plugged into a "composite in", or a "component in" on the tv?

Red/white/yellow is used for composite, with video on yellow, and l/r stereo. This is what a series 2 outputs (or svideo, or rf... but anyway...)

Component splits the video signal to three parts. If you plugged into a composite in, it would be ugly!

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Old 06-16-2013, 07:56 AM   #4
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Is the yellow cable s-video (tiny pins inside) or composite (one big pin)?

S-video will give you a better picture than composite, but it sends luminance and chroma on separate pins. If that's the case and the cable is bad it would explain the black & white picture.

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:14 AM   #5
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Some TV's share the ports and you have to set it to composite or component, would explain the black and white.

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