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I recently install a cable line for my lxi tv and installed a vcr/dvd player. Now, I have no picture or a few channels are snowy. I do not have a remote and must use the hard buttons. I did notice that I do not have SAP.

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Hi Chara77,

There maybe a couple issues that could be causing your problems.

a) Check your cable lines to make sure there are no cable breaks, or loose connectors. Tightening down connectors will sometimes assist with that as well.

b) Depending on how you change the channels there maybe an issue with the television not receiving the full signal from the vcr/dvd player and you may need to change channels only from it.

P.S. SAP stands or "Second Audio Programing" it usually allows secondary audio tracks such as bilingual programing. It should not affect your picture.

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Posted on Apr 21, 2008

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