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09 August 2014 @ 11:29 pm
Still faffing about with the new tv. Hooked up my dvd player only to find that because it's quite old, and not HD, the picture quality on the large screen tv was pretty bad, which meant a new player was in order. And if I was going to get a new player anyway, decided on a blu-ray rather than just dvd. Then I discovered that none of the shops openly sell region-free players, and I had to get one online. It arrived two weekends back and I thought I had it set up properly but when I hooked it to my receiver and turned on the tv, there was nothing. Frustration! I'm not good with this sort of stuff and it always leaves me feeling anxious when I can't get something to work straight off. Had another go at it today; this time I plugged the HDMI cable straight into the tv instead of into the receiver first, and now I have a good picture. Unfortunately it means that the sound no longer runs through my surround sound system so it's not ideal... will have to try a few more configurations and see what works.

Of course I had to try an overseas import disc, just to make sure it really was region-free, and ended up watching episode one of The Sentinel.

This afternoon involved a trip to the cinema to see Monty Python Live (Mostly) which was a total blast. It was filmed in the O2 arena earlier this year and the boys did all of their most famous sketches as well as a couple I didn't remember at all. Brilliant stuff, just brilliant, at one time I was crying with laughter; even when you know what the joke is, it's still such funny, funny stuff. They're all looking old, (but aren't we all) and on a couple of occasions one or other of them would forget their lines, or just crack up laughing... made it all seem more real, somehow.

Surprisingly the theatre was empty when we arrived; shortly afterwards another two people showed up but that was it - the four of us had the theatre to ourselves. Shame, really, as it would have been great to be surrounded by lots of people all enjoying it as much as we were.
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
mrua7mrua7 on August 9th, 2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
I know what you're going through...I'm technologically challenged when hooking up things. I was so proud when I got my cheap DVD player that I bought a year and a half ago hooked up for the bedroom. Long story...I disconnected the Telly there and lost the power cable, so the DVD player sat.

I still can't figure out how to run the television through the DVD surround sound in the living room. DVD's yes, but the Telly is supposed to be able to do that too. Oh well at least it works. When I had the cable television installed, the tech did all the hook ups for me. I should take a photo of it just in case.

Enjoy the new system and blue ray. My tv is supposed to be high def but it's one of the older ones so blue ray wouldn't really do anything ...sticking with my DVD player that's at least 10 years old now...if not more.
miwahni: MFU Illya Sulkingmiwahni on August 9th, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
It's horrible, isn't it, when faced with new tech and it's a puzzle. The TV was the thing I struggled with when I bought my surround sound, too - everything else worked, just had no sound from the tv. Had to get my son to sort that out, back then. Might need him again this time too. :-(
mrua7mrua7 on August 9th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
At least you have your son to help you sort things out. I only have me and the cats....and they're no help.
miwahni: Pros Cat tvmiwahni on August 10th, 2014 07:33 am (UTC)
That would be really hard. I hate asking Jay and I put it off until I've tried everything I can think of (like the time I managed to change my PC's screen settings to black - now that was fun!)but I know he'll come over if I ask. I'd just rather do it myself if I can.
mrua7mrua7 on August 10th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
Settings I can usually figure out, but it's the wires and what goes where that confound me. Although thanks to bluemeanybeany, I learned to do something new on the computer.

voila: Minnie says 'hello'

Photo on 7-24-14 at 8.43 AM #4
miwahnimiwahni on August 11th, 2014 10:35 am (UTC)
Ziggy would wave back but he's too busy knocking things off the kitchen shelves.
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mrua7mrua7 on August 11th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)