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Some of the old RCA/GE sets it is below channel 2 (90-95 were common at one time). Other than that you need a original working remote.

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How do I change the input without a remote for an old Sylvania TV model #SST4191? There is no input option when I push menu on the front of the TV

From the instructions I have seen there is a button on its remote called "game" which triggers the input command my only thought is on older tv's selecting 0 got there but this "game" may exist via the front button if so select that and see what happens next, pressing "game" after is to exit.
I would have thought a remote may exist as I have seen another make TV with similar looks around, try ebay or Amazon or some £2-3 cheepo multi remote you may get lucky, though you would have to try all its codes which on most at that price is about 200 or so out of may thousands, find an older version it will have more period aged codes.
Sorry not much help ..............

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I pressed the VGA button on my remote and lost my picture.

Find the button that relates to the input you want to view. IE "video" "composite" "s-video"
Or simply try any of the input buttons until the picture returns. 
Also try simply hitting the VGA button again.
If none of that works, please let me know the model number of the tv and the input sources you are trying to view.

May 02, 2008 | Televison & Video

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I have a "sanyo" T.v , (older basic model) anyways my remote just stopped working (nexxtech 1519001C) I am currrently watching cable but I need to switch the INPUT to connect to my ps3 ( A.B button)

My simple suggestion to that,you may buy a universal remote control to be able to switch your tv to input,and vice versa.anyway your tv is (sanyo)branded,so you could easily find compatible Rc..he heh..Dods

Sep 24, 2013 | Televison & Video

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How to change input on older model magnavox tv remote

Some of the old sets input/tv-video are only on the original remote.

If no buttons exist on the set you may be out of luck---One possible thing to try depending on age of set:

Some if you scan the channel button down below channel 2 you may find the input is on a channel for example 91-99.

Good luck and hope you get it working.

Dec 06, 2012 | Televison & Video

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How to change input on tv without a remote

Which TV do you have? Some will have an Input or Source button on the front panel. A few will have an option to change the source from the menu. Both of these options require the front panel lock to be inactive.

A few older TVs allowed you to find the A/V input by pressing Channel Down on the front panel buttons until you passed channel 2 (or Channel Up until you nearly reached Channel 2). This option wouldn't work if the A/V inputs had been deleted when someone minimized going through unused channels.

If the Source or Input button was only available on the remote, you will need a universal remote that includes this feature. These cost a bit more than the lowest end remotes. Then you will have to try all of the codes to find the one that makes the Source button work with your TV. (Several codes may work for On/Off but not the change input.) The Universal remotes that can be programmed from a computer (USB connection) will be the easiest to set up. may have a replacement original or substitute remote for your TV that should work for all of the TV functions.

I hope this helps. Please add a comment with the TV make and model for specific options for your particular TV.

Cindy Wells
(low end TVs usually only had the Source/Input button on the remote.)

May 12, 2012 | Sony Televison & Video

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I need a new remote for my 32 inch older model tv. How can I purchase one and where to buy it.

You can try for an exact replacement or substitute remote. Search by the TV model number and not the brand. (Sylvania doesn't have a parts store but you may find the parts on line from other vendors. has parts for many appliances that were sold by Sears. also has some parts, including remotes for some TVs.)

Otherwise, look for a universal remote that matches the features. If the original remote had a menu button and a source or input button, you will probably want a remote that matches the feature. This is extremely important if there is no matching Menu or Source/Input button on the TV. Any remote that was programmed more than 6 months after the TV was released should have a code that works for your TV. You may need to try several codes before you find one that makes all of the features work on the TV. The USB programmable remotes are a lot faster to set up.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Jun 26, 2011 | Sylvania Televison & Video

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I have programmed my remote to an older JVC television. everything works, but i cannot change the input from the remote. I have a ps3 hooked to the tv. anytime i want to play my ps3 i have to manually...

If the tv has an input button on the side it should let you scroll through all the inputs without having to go through the menu. Hope this helps.

May 24, 2011 | Televison & Video

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I got an older rca 36" t.v and the remote broke. how can i switch from vcr to dvd without the remote

Most TVs have a manual button on the TV itself which allows you to switch inputs, you just have to find the sequence. You can replace your remote by buying a universal remote (Wal-Mart $10) and coding into the remote, your TV brand and model using a supplied chart that comes with the remote.

Aug 12, 2010 | Televison & Video

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How do i get my tv on to the av channels without a remote

The short answer is you can't. Most sets now require the remote control, which has a "source" or "input" button that you need to press. To make matters worse, a universal remote often (usually, in fact) won't have the right codes to switch inputs. There are vendors selling original replacement remotes, but they can be pretty costly.

The longer answer is that on a few TVs you might find a source selection through the on-screen menus. If your set has front panel menu control. Some do, but often the functions are very limited. On a few models of RCA sets you could switch to AV inputs using special channel numbers (00, 98 or 99) but these were older models made when cable systems had fewer channels.

Without knowing your brand and model I can't tell you more. But it's almost certain you'll need a remote. Hopefully you can find a universal remote that will work for you.

Mar 26, 2010 | Televison & Video

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