That's part of the problem. I can't even get the menu to show legibly to change it at all. Anyway, you're never going to believe this. I put away the second 3990 DVD player in the box and before I pushed our entertainment center back against the wall, I decided to hook up the old 4800 again to see WTF would happen. Well, I still had it set on Component Video 2 and VOILA
, everything is fine now with a fourth DVD (rented) and no grinding noise. It is very possible that the one DVD that wouldn't play at all is dirty and just happened to play fine on the computer for some reason and the other movie we watched last night was slightly dirty and had because of that had a minor glitch near the end.
I'm still wondering WTF is with the 3990s though.......strange.
EDIT: You haven't heard the most f-ed up part yet though. Just for the hell of it, I put the most f-ed up DVD (the one that wouldn't play at all in the 4800) in the 4800 again and it plays fine now with no grinding. Could it be that my Component 1 Video port on the TV is now toast and I have to use Component 2 Video?
EDIT NEXT DAY: OK, so it only lasted one movie. The next movie I put in there the grinding was back and the movie kept stopping in parts. Looks like I'll just have to get a new DVD player.
All I want is progressive scan component video with none of that HDIM (or whatever that new thing is that my TV doesn't have a connection for). Any suggestions? I might try Circuit City this time.
EDIT SECOND NEXT DAY
: OK, I've narrowed the search for a new DVD player down to 3. Any reason to get one over the other two?
- Philips DVP642
- Sony DVP-NS55P/S
- Sony DVP-NS50PS
These are available at Circuit City or Wal-Mart. I believe one of the Sony players is also the same one available at Best-Buy. I'd get something with HDMI, but I don't believe my TV has that connection.