Digital converter box periodically turns on by itself
My digital converter box switches itself on a couple of times a day for about a minute at a time, then switches off on its own. Any idea what that's about, and if I can stop it from doing that?
I live in a small space, and having the bright light from the box suddenly pierce the dark of night is unsettling, and I'm not generally a fan of appliances having a mind of their own. The box is called "DTV Pal Plus".
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LCD Programmable Timer
(630-0892) Operation Faxback Doc. # 17153
Setting The Time and Day
Follow these steps to set the current time and day.
1. Slide RUN/PROG/TIME SET to TIME SET.
2. Press HOUR to set the hour digits. Pressing and holding down HOUR rapid-
ly advances the hour digits.
NOTE: P appears to the left of the hour digits to indicate P.M. hours.
3. Press MIN (minute) to set the minutes digits. Pressing and holding down
MIN rapidly advances the minute digits.
4. Press DAY until the correct day abbreviation appears.
5. Slide the RUN/PROG/TIME SET switch to RUN. The colon flashes to show
the clock is running.
NOTE: Keep this switch set to RUN to prevent accidentally changing the
Setting The Timer
The timer has 14 settings (1-14). Odd numbered settings specify a time to
turn on the appliance and even numbered settings specify a time to turn off
Follow these steps to set your timer.
1. Slide the RUN/PROG/TIME SET switch to PROG. The display shows the first
setting. If you have not entered any setting, the display appears as
shown in the illustration.
2. Press Event to select a setting to enter or change.
3. Press Hour to set the HOUR digits and press MIN to set minute digits to
the correct time.
NOTE: Be sure P appears to the left of the hour digits when you want to
set a P.M. hour.
4. Press Day to select the day of the week for this setting.
If you want the setting to apply to every day of the week, repeatedly
press DAY until all day indicators appear on the display.
5. When you finish entering the setting, press EVENT. The timer advances to
the next setting.
6. Repeat Steps 3 through 5 to enter additional settings.
NOTES: Be sure to set the timer to turn off the appliance. The appli-
ance remains on as long as there is power if you do not set a
time for the appliance to turn off.
To replace an existing event, select its setting number and set
the new event time.
To clear an event, select its setting number and press CLEAR
twice. Be sure to clear both the on time and the off time for an
If you set the timer to turn on the appliance every day, be sure
to also set the timer to turn off the appliance every day.
7. Set the RUN/PROG/TIME SET switch to RUN.
NOTE: You must set this switch to RUN to turn on or off the appliance
either automatically or manually.
When the timer automatically turns on the appliance, ON appears on
the display and the indicator lights red.
When the appliance turns off, the indicator turns off.
Reviewing The Settings
To review the settings in your timer, set RUN/PROG/TIME SET to PROG. Setting
1 appears on the display. Repeatedly press EVENT to view the other settings.
NOTE: To determine event being programmed, pull the power for a period of 5
minutes. Then re-power the unit. The first event will be "ON" and
the next will be "OFF", etc.
There will be a number to the side of the display that tells you which
event you are programming, The even numbers are "OFF" and the odd
numbers are "ON" events.
Problem now solved. I switched the camera on and off a few times and took several test photos. After a few minutes the problem resolved itself. I suspect the cause was condensation, but cannot be sure.
Check that you have not got an auto power off setting on. Check that the aerial connections are good. That the signal is strong from the stations it is picking up. Weak signals can cause the box to shut down.
It the box is very hot when it shuts down, you might have a fault on it.
Looks like you got a bad converter. I have the same kind and it is a pain that you can't use the remote to also control the TV. It will turn itself off after 2 hours by itself if you do not change the options, but the symptoms you describe are beyond consumer repair.
Do you still have the manual? There is a toll free number to contact them and ask for a replacement. If you do not have it I can provide it tomorrow. (I am not at home right now.) Of course you can only get one of the same converters.
I had the TVGUIDE listing through my GE TV and it came across with a notice that they would no longer be putting out the listings. That was last year and the listing never showed up again. Your DVR may be recording digitally but if you can see it on a analog tv, it is using a analog turner and you will need a converter box to record once everything goes digital.
Most of the digital converter boxes come with a guide built in. I have the Magnavox and the Zenith and they work fine. You will need two converter boxes, one for the DVR and one for the tv, if you want to watch the tv and record a different show at the same time.
I would hook them up by splitting the antenna wire to the tv and the DVR. Then I would use the RCA plugs to connect the DVR to the TV and use the Input setting on the TV when I want to watch the DVR. You will have to set the converter box to the channel that is playing the program you want. The DVR will be set to channel 3 or 4 (whatever channel the converter box is set on to broadcast on) to record on, not the broadcast channel. Make sure the power saver on the converter box is set to off or the converter box will turn off after a couple hours and you will get no picture for the dvr to record on.
The digital signal is being sent over the air usually over UHF channels. It sent digitally but will be picked up by your antenna in the same way it picks up the analog signal thus there is no difference. There is no such thing as a digital antenna, thus a antenna from a Home Depot will work fine. I needed a outdoor antenna but the picture quality is the same as cable. Just make sure the antenna can pick up UHF and VHF signals.
I have had my converter box 5 days now. I hooked it up to the TV and set it up. No Problem. Except there are no instructions on how to set up the VCR/DVD player with it, which we use more than we do watching TV. Everything worked fine until on the second day we had it I read I could program the remote to turn the TV on and off. I followed the instructions and the TV went off. When I turned it back on, my remote went berserk. If I try to change a channel it will quickly flip through all the channels until I turn the converter box off. Same with the volume, it goes up and down, up and down until I shut off the box. The remote does not work unless you are about 1 foot away from the box. And the remote has never turned the TV on or off except that first time I programed it.