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Hi there, sorry to hear you're having trouble,
without knowing the make/model, I can't give you exact step by step instructions, but I'll give you some general guidance that will hopefully be of help.
Typically these systems are completely independent. Unless you see a button that is specifically labeled as Share, Sync, Multi, or something similar, the systems likely are not integrated. Really, they weren't meant to be. These systems are typically set up for each kid in the back set to have their own individual entertainment. Now if you want to run them together, it would be a matter of connecting them and then changing the input. Use an rca cable (red/white/yellow, get splitters/adapters as needed) from one and route it to the input of the other. The "Master" would play the disc or content you want, and the "slave" unit would be set to the external input mode (to pick up signal from the 1st player).
Hi thanks for the reply, however, the manual that came with the the units shows that it is quite a sophisticated unit (albeit in almost unreadable Chinese or such) , it is all I R and can be tuned to tv and the car radio IR wise.games are built in and it also states that the two units can be viewed as one , however it does not show how to obtain the sync. there is no obvious button on the remotes that suggests a link. I was aware of the possibilities you have mentioned and rca cables run to each unit from a common core cable, I just thought that I was missing something in the set up but as I said the manual is not very clear ah well never mind , thanks for the help.