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TV Guardian menu won't come up after hooking up DTV converter box

HELP!!! We used our TV Guardian without ANY problem--before obtaining a DTV converter box. I am now not able to view the TV Guardian menu (when I depress the 'menu' button on the front of it). Yet, I am able to access the menus to all our other components (DTV converter box, TV, and VCR/DVD combo). Have tried switching cables every which way. Have put them back to how we had them originally-- prior to obtaining the converter box. (Have been in touth with the owner of TV Guardian (Rick Bray) via e-mail and have followed his recommendations, but to no avail. His comments and recommendations were as follows: "The DTV converter boxes are supposed to pass the closed-captions through to the TV. However, some are processing the CC in the converter box instead. You can test the closed-captions by connecting the converter box without TVGuardian and turning on the TV's CC decoder. The CC option on the converter box menu should be turned off. If you see closed-captions, TVG should work." MANY thanks for ANY help ANYONE can give me!

~Carol

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You may want to check the digital converter boxes and make sure they have analog pass through, it should be listed on the box or the instructions. My Magnavox and Zenith which were bought about a year ago, do not have analog pass through.

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