I am having 2 issues with my tv:
1) I have a vcr and cable box with surround sound tuner on top of my tv. There are green lines going down the screen, sort of blurred and randomly placed. How do I fix this?
2) I have tried everything on the remote and menu to bring the tv into focus. When I pull up the guide the words are just barely out of focus. nothing on the menu or remote will bring it into complete focus. Is there something else I can try to make the image and words clearer.
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Thats called the f-fitting or rf fitting. Its attached to the tuner on your set. You can either replace the whole tuner circuit or in most cases, replace the rf fitting with a new one as long as the tuner board was not damaged. We stock the fitting which are like 2 dollars a piece so I would think alot of tv shops would stock them. You could expect to pay around 125.00 or so depending on your location to have it done in your home. To do it yourself you will need to be handy with a soldering iron and be extremely careful in the tuner area not to damage surround coils.. A cheap or maybe free alternative is if your using a cable box, to just hook it up using video and audio patch cables which will bypass the TV tuner altogether. If you still have a vcr you could use it for tuning or buy a cheap converter box (as long as it has video and audio outputs) at most any local dept store. Just run patch cable one yellow for video and the other 2 are red and white from the box to the tv. I think the boxes are around 25.00 or so
Its hard to work out without looking at your cables. I assume the problem started when the freeview box got set up. I would guess that the aerial cable is now in the set top box instead of the vcr as the vcr sounds like it is unable to record when there's no signal (a common feature) so there shouldn't be a fault with the vcr,
just unplug the aerial from the set top box & plug it back into the vcr. Ch 1 2 3 4 should be back on vcr but set top box wont have any Ch.
most set top boxes have an aerial output, so you'll need another aerial cable, plug this into the aerial input on the vcr & ch 1 2 3 4 will be there but these will be analog (if your area has stopped analog transmission thats the prob rite there)
If you plug the matching cables from the set top box into L1 on vcr you'll be able to record digital tv as L1 use a signal from another tuner eg set top box, dvd player whereas the vcr channels 1 2 3 4 use the vcr's built in analog tuner. so it shouldn't be a biggie another cable should fix it,
The cable box IS an external tuner. You should connect the video output (either S video, HDMI, or component video) of the cable box to the video input of the DVD. Then connect the audio output of the cable box to the audio input of the DVD via stereo RCA cables. If your tv monitor has multiple inputs (ie: video 1, 2, and 3...) connect the video and audio output of the DVD to your tv monitor using an alternate video input (if cable box goes into your tv thru video 1, connect the DVD to video 2). If your cable box only has one output, or your tv has only one input, then just connect your cable box to the DVD as above, and connect the DVD to your tv.
THIS SET'S TUNER MAY BE BUILT IN THE CIRCUIT BOARD--QUICK FIX-IF YOU HAVE A SATELLITE OR CABLE BOX---USE THE VIDEO/AUDIO "OUT " AND PLUG IN THE TV'S A/V INPUT(1OR,2) THEN SWITCH TO THE AV FUNCTION ON THE TV AND YOU SHOULD HAVE PICTURE AND SOUND...WHAT WE ARE DOING IS BY-PASSING THE BROKEN TUNER...HOPE THAT WORKS ..IF YOU DON'T HAVE SAT OR CABLE BOX,,YOU CAN USE A VCR--THEN YOU HAVE TO CHANGE CHANNELS ON THE VCR....TUNICA
Three (3) possible ways: 1. use the audio out of the TV (if available) which would normally be red/white RCA and connect to any of the free INputs of your DVD surround sound system; 2. remove the cable INput of your TV and feed it to a tuner such as those in a VCR or any other device (some DVDs have TV tuners also). The VCR's Video OUTput would go to your TV while the Audio OUTput would go to any of the free INputs of your DVD surround sound system; 3. if your cable uses a box/decoder and has the yellow, red & white RCA, its a matter of splitting the red/white signal to feed both your TV and DVD surround sound system or simply remove them from the TV and feed them to the DVD surround sound system.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.