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My tv broke that i had my converter box hooked up to so bought another one now i cant get a signal, my converter box wont stay on.

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If it is hooked up through the componant, or composite cables, that is the red white yellow, or the red blue green red white, you have to take note of what input it is plugged into on the back of the tv, they are labled, then hit the input on the remote control to match the input your plugged into, even if your using the screw on cable, stioo have to put it on that input, also try turning your tv to chanel 3

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