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Can't change channel using the remote or buttons on tv

All of a sudden, I can't change the channel using the up & down keys on the remote or the buttons on the side of the tv. Everything else is working properly on the remote and tv. Help pls

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  • testortest Sep 08, 2008

    Same problem. Unable to select DTV channels nor will channel scan recognize DTV. Have a email request to Vizio 09/07/08.

  • r3y3 Sep 11, 2008

    I exchanged my set for another and it has the same problem as well. I tried a remote from another Vizio that works, and the new set presents the same spotty remote problems

  • jworsham Sep 26, 2008

    remote's channel buttons dont work and neither do the channel buttons on the tv

  • trapsfire Sep 29, 2008

    same prob!~~any answers?

  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    Same problem. remote doesn't work and tv buttons don't work....

  • Anonymous Oct 06, 2008

    mine does the same thing, it just happend one night

  • Anonymous Nov 09, 2008

    Same problem as well. What a pain.

  • timwu Nov 20, 2008

    Just bought this from Costco, and out of the box, every button except the channel up/down button works. Neither the channel up/down on remote nor on the tv work.



    Had to input the numbers from the remote manually to select channel.



    A bit annoying. Good thing Costco has two year warranty plus, 1 year offered by Amex. So I will probably wait for any other issues before calling support.

  • hao60201 Dec 27, 2008

    It is a 37 in. one. exactly the same.

  • guygirl Jan 12, 2009

    I have the exactly same problem which started about two months ago.

  • matt Oct 04, 2011

    did you ever find a solution for this problem? none of those below helped me.

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Simple Fix

I had the same problem, couldn't change the channels with the remote or on the side of the TV. This was for a Vizio 37"

Here is the fix:

1. Turn on TV

2. With remote, press the Menu Button

3. Go to Antenna Menu

4. Select Auto Search
Let it search, it could take several minutes. It may not finish to 100%, mine got stuck at 79% for 10 minutes. It's fine if that happens, go ahead and cancel.

5. It should be done, your remote will work perfect along with the TV channel buttons.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009

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  • gpaje Oct 25, 2009

    Simple Fix



    I had the same problem, couldn't change the channels with the remote or on the side of the TV. This was for a Vizio 37"



    Here is the fix:



    1. Turn on TV



    2. With remote, press the Menu Button



    3. Go to Antenna Menu



    4. Select Auto Search

    Let it search, it could take several minutes. It may not finish to 100%, mine got stuck at 79% for 10 minutes. It's fine if that happens, go ahead and cancel.



    5. It should be done, your remote will work perfect along with the TV channel buttons.

  • kellster1 Nov 16, 2010

    i have never commented on one of these internet sites before, but dang, this was SO HELPFUL. for such a seemingly little problem, it was so annoying! thank you so much!!!!

  • freyarmr Dec 13, 2010

    Me neither ... It worked perfectly for a Vizio 42", just followed the steps to re-scan ("Auto Search") available channels (took about 2 minutes) and started working. Did not have to remove batteries, unplug TV or press any buttons. Thanks for the tip !!!

  • glenda tejada Aug 09, 2013

    Okay what if the TV wont let me select any channel or auto scan selections. Its all highlighted and it wont let me select any of those functions?

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    Vladimir Vasilev Mar 14, 2015

    Thanks , I was thinking of buying a new TV , before I saw this post. You saved me allot of money

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Try using the menu button(s) on the tv's panel to change the "Fixed Channel" option to OFF. I had the same problem on a 2002 Sony TV and it was locked on channel 3.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

  • jiffyw Oct 06, 2010

    Andrew, if you ever see this I want you to know that you are a God among men for your tip. Not only did you solve my problem with my 20 year old tv, you saved me a service call. Thank you thank you thank you - a60 yr old lady!!!!!!

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    jazzy Jul 12, 2014

    i changed my to off and all i got was static on all of my channels.

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From Costco Technical Support (it worked for me for use with an antenna): Part A- 1)Remove batteries from remote. 2)Push each button on remote two times 3)Unplug TV 4)Press on/off button on side of TV holding for two minutes. 5)Wait five minutes before plugging TV back in. 6)Replace batteries in remote
Part B- 1)Go to menu 2)Select Antenna 3)Select Auto program.
After auto program completed searching for signals, I was able to receive all stations as before. Good luck!

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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Just run a channel scan, it should work after that.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

  • mbattershill Nov 20, 2010

    what is a channel scan?

  • matt Oct 04, 2011

    didn't work. next?

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Actual problem was on a 37" not 32". Replaced the mother/tuner board. Works now. 20 months of service before it conked out. Underwarrenty with Costco additional 1 year service but I had to fight Vizio to understand my problem. First service tech went up the ladder and had the service Ok'd then they never called back. Had to redo the chain of command again, until they finally responded that I had a problem.

We are on over-the-air with a combo UHF/VHF antenna. Vizio could not understand at first why I could get analog and not digital. They thought I was on cable or satellite on single bandwith antenna?

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

  • testortest Jan 10, 2009

    motherboard tuner problem. Board replacement fix.

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I don't have a remote for mine and I cannot get the channels to change with the buttons somebody please help

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I Had I tv for 10 years never had anny problem but I have a vision for less than 2 years it is a problem remote or bottons onthe side of the. Tv don't work

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