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Magnavox Just letting you know I have the same signal message. A neighbor has the same problem with a different manufacturer's converter, even using an external multi-positional(motorized) antenna. We both have excellent free analog tv reception now.

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  • rkorsen Oct 06, 2008

    I tried again this evening and was actually able to watch channel 4 and it's substations and channel 58. This is leading me to believe that it relates to the antenna or it's position. So a stronger and costlier antenna is probably required.

    At this point I am considering pay tv (Verizon Directv) and forget about the converter. The converter is a work-around for the imminent digital tv rollout. When you select a channel... it is not immediate and takes a couple seconds to find using the scan map you created. Not so sure that all channels will be of good quality either.

    Another solution is to replace the tv set with a set having a digital tuner.

    Did you turn on the power switch on the right side of the box ? You should see a yellow light in front.

    Press remote "on" button pointing the remote directly and level at the box(it's not very sensitive), and the light will turn green.

    Press remote "setup" button and walk thru the menu with remote arrow buttons and ultimately to SCAN.

    The scan when completed will go to the first channel found and saved in your map.

  • nyddubwarren May 11, 2010

    yeah but it wont let me do anything when i turn it on using the remote it just flashes green it wont evan let me turn it off using the remote i think i need to get a new box

  • nyddubwarren May 11, 2010

    So what did you do to fix your box or did u just take it back to the store and get a new one... Mine doesnt say no signal mine just doesnt come up like the box isnt evan on... its on the correct channle and every thing


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You may need a stronger antenna or your neighbor may have only a VHF antenna and most of the digital channels are being broadcast over UHf. . First, though, check the antenna connection as if they are dirty, they may be lowering the signal strength (these are the connections at the antenna). Check for the angel to put the tv antenna at to pick up the most channels. Internal antenna work very poorly. I have been having no problem with my outdoor UHF/VHF antenna, it picks up the same amount of channels in analog and digital.

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