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I have an Avtex television Model L185 DR with built in DVD player. My problem is that the DVD player has given up and it would appear that it would cost a lot of money to repair. The television is in good condition and works well apart from that.
My question is, has anyone else had this problem and have they connected an external player through a scart or hdmi cable. If so, any advice or information would be appreciated. I don't seem to be able to find any rechargeable or 240/12 v adapter smaller players with scart/ hdmi capabilities. Thanks everyone.
 

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The TV does not have a USB Port so you are a bit stuck. You could use an HDMI Media Player and a 12v to USB in the cig socket for the supply voltage, You then need a USB to 12v power cable. Trouble you then have is you get yet another controller.

As most units now days are built from generic parts why not have a look inside and see what DVD unit it is using. Should be a manufacturers name and part number. You could then just buy a new one and fit it which is all they will do to repair it.

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I have an Avtex television Model L185 DR with built in DVD player. My problem is that the DVD player has given up and it would appear that it would cost a lot of money to repair. The television is in good condition and works well apart from that.
My question is, has anyone else had this problem and have they connected an external player through a scart or hdmi cable. If so, any advice or information would be appreciated. I don't seem to be able to find any rechargeable or 240/12 v adapter smaller players with scart/ hdmi capabilities. Thanks everyone.



As irnbru says have you contacted Avtex?
My Avtex was 3 years old and the DVD stopped working with a DVD stuck in it. I rang there customer services and they arranged collection and repaired it FOC. Even if you have to pay a small charge it would be worth it.

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Thanks everyone for your ideas and assistance. We think we'll look into the Cyclone Supervision media player as a way forward as perhaps DVDs are perhaps becoming dated and box sets for six months travelling are a bit expensive and have to be stored! Thanks again.
 
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I put all our films on a couple of 32gb memory sticks :cool:

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We don't have a DVD player on our MH tv, interested in the cyclone, so you download films onto the cyclone at home, then plug the cyclone into your MH tele?
how do you get films onto the cyclone initially, do you plug this into your house DVD player, put a film on and it transfers from the DVD player to the cyclone?
 

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Definitely worth a cheeky call to Avtex to see what that could do, nothing ventured and all that. If cost prohibitive, I think the Cyclone media player and content downloaded to an external disk drive would be the way to go.
 

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We don't have a DVD player on our MH tv, interested in the cyclone, so you download films onto the cyclone at home, then plug the cyclone into your MH tele?
how do you get films onto the cyclone initially, do you plug this into your house DVD player, put a film on and it transfers from the DVD player to the cyclone?
Download video content to external hard disk drive at home, which may be in multiple video formats. External disk drive plugs into Cyclone via USB, Cyclone connects to tv over HDMI. The Cyclone then converts multiple video formats, many of which not natively supported by the Avtex tv, into HDMI feed.

Or something like that. :)

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Ok, I think we've decided on a Sumvision Cyclone micro 4. Now for a 2 TB external hard drive. Are they all much of a muchness? or any recommendations please. We're getting there I think!!
 
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We don't have a DVD player on our MH tv, interested in the cyclone, so you download films onto the cyclone at home, then plug the cyclone into your MH tele?
how do you get films onto the cyclone initially, do you plug this into your house DVD player, put a film on and it transfers from the DVD player to the cyclone?

No you don't download to the Cyclone, you download the films onto an external hard drive, now you can't just plug the hard drive into the tv, that's were the Cyclone comes in, you connect the hard drive to the Cyclone and it's the Cyclone that will put a menu up on the screen via a HDMI cable.
 
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If your tv has a usb then there is a good chance you don’t need the Cyclone, it will play direct.
 

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It depends on the format it was recorded in - but TV are getting better at reading more different types


You are of course correct, Alex. But as it is the tv owner who is doing the conversion, I assume, a likkle bit of research, perhaps the instruction book, :rofl: will enable getting it right. I use good old MP4, it’s never failed yet. :RollEyes:

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If your tv has a usb then there is a good chance you don’t need the Cyclone, it will play direct.

The hard drive will have been formatted to windows, so it can't just be plugged into the tv with a usb cable, it will need a reader, the Cyclone is that reader but also puts a front end screen up with any info downloaded about individual films.
If you have your films in different folders re their content, ie. action, thrillers or horror then the Cyclone will show what's in the individual folders.
It will also show photos.
 

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  1. The hard drive will have been formatted to windows, so it can't just be plugged into the tv with a usb cable, it will need a reader, the Cyclone is that reader but also puts a front end screen up with any info downloaded about individual films.
    If you have your films in different folders re their content, ie. action, thrillers or horror then the Cyclone will show what's in the individual folders.
    It will also show photos.

    Not necessarily, my hard drive is as you say is formatted by windows, the ripped dvds are put on in individual folders like drama, comedy etc. The drive is simply plugged into our Panasonic TV using just a usb cable and it reads the drive and brings up the folders on the screen very much like windows. Then using the tv’s remote you pick a folder which then opens to see likkle pictures for each file, the actual dvd cover, then again using the remote you pick a file which then starts the file, ie film, playing. But of course not all tv’s can do this and so then you need the Cyclone, which is more or less what I said in my original post.:gum:
In our case it works well and is used mainly as we go south and Sky drops of the map.
 
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Quick and genuine question -

Has anyone ever owned an Avtex tv that hasn’t broken down?

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Avetex have always had a problem with the DVD player why do you think John Lewis will give an extra 2 years warranty on tv part but only one on dvd
 
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  1. Not necessarily, my hard drive is as you say is formatted by windows, the ripped dvds are put on in individual folders like drama, comedy etc. The drive is simply plugged into our Panasonic TV using just a usb cable and it reads the drive and brings up the folders on the screen very much like windows. Then using the tv’s remote you pick a folder which then opens to see likkle pictures for each file, the actual dvd cover, then again using the remote you pick a file which then starts the file, ie film, playing. But of course not all tv’s can do this and so then you need the Cyclone, which is more or less what I said in my original post.:gum:
In our case it works well and is used mainly as we go south and Sky drops of the map.

Excellent information for those that have a windows based TV, our films are downloaded using an imac and we haven't found a tv that will read a hard drive formatted to apple, though our Avtex 19" tv couldn't read straight from the hard drive.

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Excellent information for those that have a windows based TV, our films are downloaded using an imac and we haven't found a tv that will read a hard drive formatted to apple, though our Avtex 19" tv couldn't read straight from the hard drive.

To be honest I have no idea what software our tv’s are using, all I know is both the Panasonic in the lounge and the LG in the bedroom work fine. :)
 

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Hi

We have an 8 year old 16" Avtex TV/DVD unit and for the last 5 years or so we have been playing films on it either from a USB stick or directly from a hardrive.

The hardrive has to be Fat32 not NTFS formatted to be recognised by the TV and also has to be USB2. The TV will not recognise USB3 even when it states it is USB2 compatible. The films have been recorded in .avi format.
 
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The DVD on our Avtex TV plays for a while then stops, often it will restart then stop again - a right pain when trying to watch films!
How do people copy a DVD to a hard drive or memory stick? I tried to download some on to a computer recently (Windows 10) but it wouldn't let me.

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The DVD on our Avtex TV plays for a while then stops, often it will restart then stop again - a right pain when trying to watch films!
How do people copy a DVD to a hard drive or memory stick? I tried to download some on to a computer recently (Windows 10) but it wouldn't let me.
Some people download them on pirate bay I think. They come in one of a handful of formats, all play on modern TVs(y)

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Quick and genuine question -

Has anyone ever owned an Avtex tv that hasn’t broken down?
Don’t want to tempt fate but we’ve had ours for 7 years - full time for the first three! I now await sods law.......!
 
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OK Funsters, I now have in my possession a Cyclone 4 micro and an existing external hard drive with some movies on it. Connected up to Avtex tele and played straight away. Result! Now is where I need to pick some brains. I want to download some films to my new hard drive when it arrives and not sure how to go about it. I think its via my PC but not sure. Our main tele doesn't seem to be able to download being a bit dated! Your knowledge and experiece please would be appreciated. (Are there particular dowload sites?) Thanks

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