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Old TV can't scan for cable channels

I have an old Fisher TV and can't figure how to get it to scan for all cable stations

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  • fj_gray Jan 05, 2009

    It goes up to 40, then jumps to 95

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It depends on how old the set is. some of the older sets would only go as hi as channel 120. some really old sets only went to 36 on cable. how high do the numbers go?

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  • ken black Jan 05, 2009

    it is an old set with no upper cable channels then. sorry



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