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Reset older analog tv

Need to know if it is possible to reset tv to original factory settings
without original remote. Downloaded a copy of the manual, and it shows
that the original remote had a reset button.

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  • ksea Nov 19, 2008

    Thanks, I tried pressing buttons while plugging in with no success. I had previously gotten all

    channels to display, but channel 43 on down to 2 were a little fuzzy. Know of any place to get an

    original remote?



    Ksea

  • ksea Nov 20, 2008

    Cable works fine on 2 other tv's. I've had another one in this room that worked fine. Did find

    a replacement at one of the sites----hope to find one for less. Thanks.

    Ksea

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Hi,

Without the original remote, sorry none. You could try pressing on any of the buttons or a combination while plugging in the unit but that is no guarantee it will reset (fully). With your indulgence, I took the liberty of checking your other posts here and here. It would seem that your original concern is that although the TV would appear to be switching to the lower channels (Ch 2-6), the TV programs on those channels would not be displayed. If yes, then I am inclined to think that there is a hardware fault internal to the TV. This would be the tuner block. The reset, even if successful, would not correct this error.

Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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    Louie Role Nov 18, 2008

    Additionally, pls be informed that you would be lowering my ranking/rating if you give me a rating if less than a FixYa. Doing so would prevent my being able to provide further assistance.

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Nov 19, 2008

    Some channels being received not as good as the others would indicate an uneven signal. Might it be a problem with your cable provider? or antenna direction if using an aerial?

    For the remote pls try here or here.


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