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I assume you have analog cable TV service and no cable box. Press MENU button on your TV remote. Go over to CHANNEL SETUP. There are four arrow buttons and a button in the middle of the arrow buttons on the TV remote control. Use these arrow buttons to go up, down, left and right. Use the button in the center to select. TV On-screen menu has Video, then Audio, then Channel Setup.
Cable can be set to ON or OFF, you want to set it ON to get cable channels. Go down to AUTO PROGRAM and select it, press button in the center of arrow keys. A short delay while available channels are searched so be patient. After Auto Program finishes, press MENU to exit. You can perform Auto Program whenever required.
You can also add or skip channels manually. You will discover more options in the TVs menus.
Under the menu settings, make sure tv is set to CATV and not Air. CATV is for cable. Then look for tuner options or channel edit options. Find the "autoprogram" option and select it. It will scan and remember all available channels
ON THE CABLE SETTING ALL YOU GOING TO GET IS #36 this is an old tuner . in those days there where never going to be 36 channels ! the thing your getting hung up on is the marketing of the 110 ch tuner how that works take73 brodcast chanels add 37 cable chanels and you get 110 ITS ALL MARKETING
Check and make sure your tv is set to CABLE and not to AIR or ANTENNA.
This setting is usually just above the Auto Search utility on the meNU.
Let me know what you find and I can provide further assistance.
Intermittent loss of lower frequency channels ie Ch:36, higher channels ok
Dry joints in UHF tuner, resolder the PCB to casing earth connections inside tuner
Channel reception lost if tuner socket moved
Dry joints on IC522, IC521 and IC541 (located in the big heatsink about middle of the main pcb)
I have not worked on this particular model of Sony. What I will say is for the ones that I have worked on.
If you are on cable, the set should be in the CATV or cable mode.
Go in to the user menu and look for section of the menu for the channel setup. There should be a prompt for auto program.
In almost all of the TV models the original factory remote is required to make any set-up changes in the TV set. What I explained is for TV sets that allow changes to be made from the front panel button controls.
I think you have a bad connection in the tuner.
The tuner is what decides what channel you get.
It's a small box inside your tv about the size of a pack of cigarettes. These have been known to develop loose connections or just go bad.
Some are pretty expensive depending on the type set you have.
Since your set is older and you want it fixed you'd better get an estimae first.