neilwebster
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RCA Video Problems

Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:03 pm

So I've been trying to get my Pi set up with the RCA Video as the primary output (I don't have a HDMI compatible tv/monitor).

I've have the 16th August Debian Wheezy image and I have set the sdtv_mode=2, as I'm in Europe. The Pi's red light comes on and the green light flashes intermittently. BUT I don't have any picture on my monitor (which has and RCA input) or my TV.

Does anybody have any suggestions as to what I can try to get a picture!

Thank you in advance Guys.

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Re: RCA Video Problems

Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:04 pm

Just a standard "it doesn't boot problem", with the standard "read the problems shooting wiki" answer, that is check power supply/cable, check if SD-card writing is done right, and whether your downloaded image is uncorrupted, and your SD-card is compatible.

The main point is that unless your PI can successfully read your card, nothing at all will appear on screen, as the GPU is only turned on after it has read its firmware.

It doesn't matter if your screen is using composite or HDMI.

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Re: RCA Video Problems

Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:28 pm

What leds light up if you plug the Ethernet in?
note: I may or may not know what I'm talking about...

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Re: RCA Video Problems

Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:20 pm

Thanks for the tips, I had overlooked that Wiki.

I've checked the power supply (it charges my phone), I've checked the card I'm using is on the list of cards that work, I can't check the video cable as I don't have any other means of checking it.

What's the best way to check that the image has installed correctly on the card?

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Re: RCA Video Problems

Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:40 pm

As was mentioned earlier, plug an ethernet cable in. If it has booted, three LEDs will come on. If they don't, then it hasn't booted.
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Re: RCA Video Problems

Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:30 pm

Have you found a solution to your problem?? i'm having the same problem...
i'll check later if ethernet leds turn on

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Re: RCA Video Problems

Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:47 pm

Hi,
I'm in the same situation. I can't view the image on the TV with PAL standard (I set the parameter into config.txt).
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Re: RCA Video Problems

Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:30 am

toxibunny wrote:What leds light up if you plug the Ethernet in?
the yellow lights engerize.

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Re: RCA Video Problems

Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:35 am

Is the TV set to the proper input.
Most TVs have some sort-of a Menu that allows you to select a video input other than TV tuner.
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