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That said, if you have gone from a picture to snow by pushing a button on the remote, you have most likely switched your TV's source from cable to antenna. I used to have a Sony TV that had a button on the remote that could do this, although they are not that common anymore. On that remote, the button responsible for bringing the static on was labeled ANT. If you have one like that, push it.
Come to think of it, if you have an AUX button on your remote, try that. That would switch from the main cable or antenna input to an secondary cable or antenna input, also a good source of static back in the day. (I say 'back in the day' because generally speaking the TV's today have many more 'video inputs' on them, but none of them will generate static when there is no signal; they simply display a black screen. A snowy screen is a strong symptom of an analogue antenna looking for a signal.)
If you have a menu button on your remote, push that. If you can see an on screen menu, then there will be a setup area of the menus where you can choose between Cable and Antenna inputs.
If you cannot see a menu when you push that button, you may have a remote that is capable of controlling different types of devices. Look for a button marked TV on your remote and push that. Now try the menu button again & see if that helps get you an on-screen menu. Try the ANT or AUX buttons again after trying the TV button.
If all else fails, unplug your TV for 10-15 minutes. This will usually cause a set to reset itself. When plugged back in, this action will initiate auto-channel setup again, searching your different inputs to find your antenna or cable signal.
I hope that helps.
Posted on May 30, 2010
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