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  1. Hi,

    Iím new to the forum. Glad to be here. I was given a Panasonic DMR-ES40V VHS/DVD recorder recently and am having an issue with it. When I turn it on, the interface screen is black and white with a black bar down the center, and the image is repeated on both sides of the screen. This also occurs during VHS and DVD-r playback. Please see photos:

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    I hooked it up via component cables.
    Any idea what might be causing this?
    Any help is truly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    J

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    Try holding down the Cancel/Reset (*) button on the remote and see if the picture straightens out.
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    The reset procedure for a Panasonic is to(while the unit is ON) is to hold down both the CH up and CH down buttons(on the unit not remote) for 5 seconds. The unit should shut off and reboot.
    Note this will reset a few of your setup preferences and channel lineup but not much else. Note I'm not too sure this will cure your problem as I feel it's more hardware related and probably not worth fixing(the ES-40v is one of the worst models Panasonic made, in terms of reliability and quirkiness) but the reset won't hurt.
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  4. What you're seeing looks like a 480p signal being sent to a device that's expecting 480i. I'd first try connecting with a composite cable (usually yellow RCA connectors) to verify the device is working properly. Then worry about component.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    What you're seeing looks like a 480p signal being sent to a device that's expecting 480i.
    Which is why I advised using the Cancel button, which toggles the component input between progressive and interlaced modes.
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  6. Thanks you guys for all the help. When I get back in town I'll hook it up and try the Cancel/Reset button.
    I was actually mistaken. I originally had it hooked up via a composite cable, not component.
    I know for sure the TV was displaying 480i, so the 480p signal is probably the issue.
    Thanks again for the help. Very much appreciated
    Last edited by buck116; 31st Aug 2018 at 13:09.
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