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Lock the A/V ports

Can I lock the A/V ports so the kids can't use their gaming system?

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Hi there,

Yes you can, you have three diferent lock options:

'channel' this option allows you to lock or unlock particular channels.
'program' this option allows you to lockout a particular TV show.
'game' this option allows you to lock channel 3 and channel 4 plus the external inputs.

To activate the game lock on the tv you need to press the 'menu' key then press the down arrow till you get to 'lock' and press ok.You will then be asked to input a password, if it is the first time you have used the password then you will need to input a code of your choice twice to register it (write the password down and put it somewhere safe) Then you will be in the 'lock' menu so using the down arrow go to 'menu' and select it then se it to 'custom' you will then be able to select the 'game' option by arrowing down to 'game' and select it so that it shows 'on'. Your tv should now have locked out the external inputs etc. To unlock it you go through this procedure again just this time you select so it shows 'off' You can also select 'custom' in 'game' mode which will allow you to select which external inputs to lock which is useful if you have DVD players or other devices connected to your TV and is something for you to consider. Full details of above procedure are in the user manual page 32 - 33 under the heading Lock.

I hope this answers your question.

Regards,
James

Ps. Tell the kids it's my fault they can't play their games!!!!

Posted on Apr 23, 2010

  • jamesdoug70 Apr 23, 2010

    Just a quick update to this, sorry I should have mentioned that you need to do this using the remote control.



    Regards,



    James

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