OK, here is the deal, one day I was flipping channels and all of the sudden a outlined box shows up in the lower right corner if the TV as if it was for Picture in Picture (PIP) but this TV does not have PIP. When I go to change the video input to either 2 or 3 all the display says is PIP video input 1-3 and I am unable to change video inputs. So now I am unable to use my VCR and DVD players which I have hooked up to Video 2 and 3 as I am unable to change the Video input. For some reason the TV thinks it has PIP. HELP this is so frustrating.
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Re: Panasonic CT-36SL13 Can't select video inputs
On a Panasonic to do a factory reset while the set is on press in on the power and action buttons on the front of the TV at the same time. In a few seconds the screen shouls go blank and come up with a screen that says "CHK" in the upper left hand corner. Once it does that press the action button again to clear the screen. You have now reset the TV to factory settings and will have to re-program the channel memory once again. Hope that works...
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When you use the Time Warner Digital box, you're using the tuner inside that box rather than the tuner inside your TV to select a channel. Picture in picture TV's have two tuner's inside so you can view two channels, but they can only tune the analog channels from your cable company, and only if it's hooked up in a manner that will permit this to happen.
So you only have one digital tuner (the Time Warner Box) so you can only view one channel at a time even though your TV supports Picture in Picture.
It MAY be possible to have limited use of the PIP if you connect your TV in a different way. Your Time Warner box is most likely connected to your TV set with composite cables, those are the Yellow, Red, White cables. If you buy a coaxial cable splitter and split the cable before it goes into the Time Warner box you can then run a coax cable into both the Time Warner box and the coax input on your TV. This would allow you to tune the analog Time Warner channels with both of your TV's tuners. In my area I think the first 60 channels or so are still available in analog, but there is no way to watch any of the higher premium channels without the Time Warner box.
If you go through these steps and you select the coax input on your TV your PIP will work on the lower channels. It MAY be possible to tell your TV to display the input from the composite cables on one of the PIP screens and the input from the coax on the other, but I kind of doubt it.
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Yes this is certaintly a strange one, as you say not all channels have it?? Ok lets try to narrow it down a bit. Do you have cable or satallite ? Is the cable or sat. connectected through the video inputs or does your TV have to be on a certain channel? ok and you say its not there when your watching a dvd? The only answer here is that you have a problem with your cable or the sat system, as the channel stays the same on whatever channel your watching while on the cable, so if you have a problem with some and not others , Your TV dosent know the differance from one channel or another, as its always on the same channel on the tv . So what does this tell you?? Theres a problem with the sat or cable reciver! Cant be the TV as I said the TV doent know the differance from one channel to another as it always stays on the same channel. Sounds like you need toi have cable come in to check the impedence and signal streinth.. now if your sying thast the tvs on locals and some do it and others dont ?? then theres outside interference causeing this problem? Good luck