I bought this tv last week. It is not brand new. It is Dec 2005 model. Problem is: My local cable channel signals are not coming. TV powers on. And, when I play my dvd player picture comes but no sound. Pl. help.
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Re: NO sound and NO cable signals
Is your tv connected to your cable box through HDMI, AV, or component? _____________________________
If its through HDMI then your cable carrier needs to load updated frimware in your box to communicate properly with your 2005 tv. The firmware loaded in your cable box needs to be "reverse compatible" for first generation HDMI from your 2005 tv. If your using AV or component hook-up and there's no sound then re-check all of your audio settings within the tv's menu. Also recheck the cable-wire your using and proper input/output ports.
ON your dvd player, is your tv connected through component, AV(rca) or HDMI?
If its through "component" then you need an extra audio cable to and from the DVD and tv.
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If using a cable box then you want to set the TV to channel 3 or 4 as the cable box will output to one of those. If no cable box then its possible the TV's tuner is bad or your cable company only transmits in digital form requiring a cable box since this TV only has an analog tuner
You need to go into on screen TV tuner/channel scanning setup page and change the signal source from CABLE to ANTENNA so it will scan again to pick up off the air signals. Please read the TV user manual for more details.
What is the model number of the TV?
To get HD channel form your cable TV without using the cable provider HD tuner box but using your TV Clear QAM tuner (your TV has Clear QAM tuner, my TV also has QAM tuner so I do not have to use the cabel box, but my COMCAST does not provide may Clear QAM signals like they use to) to get the unscrambled HD, the cable provider must provide those unscrambled Clear QAMsignals for your TV to pick up the signalS.
Learn more about Clear QAM cable signals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAM_(television)
Did you use the correct setup during the tuner setup to scan the availabel cable channel per user manual?
If you are receiving the signal from the same cable service provider rather than through an antenna, I would suspect the cable service is having a problem with its retransmission of the ABC channel in that suburb. I don't know if Australia is still broadcasting analog TV signals or if ABC is digital, but if the latter, perhaps the receivers are having trouble decoding the sound format identifier information. This could be something as subtle as a timing tolerance issue or as crude as noise or low signal level on the cable that has the receivers operating at the margin of sensitivity.
Before you bought your new TV, was the cable connected to an older TV, and was it working?
When you say you screwed the cable connection to the antenna input, did the cable come directly from the wall, or did it go through a cable box first. If it came through the wall without a cable box, it's possible it's not an active cable account, and you're only getting over the air signals for your local channels (and nothing through the cable). Or, your cable signal might have been analog only, and with the transition this week to digital TV, maybe you're no longer getting the channels broadcast properly.
If you are a cable subscriber, then this problem should be reported to the cable company, and they can do further testing to see what's wrong with your signal.
Looks like someone sold you a unit only partially working.
You may need to have the main board replaced, which is likely why the previous owner sold it.
My solution would be: Buy an inexpensive surround system and a VCR, Use the VCR as your tuner, and plug the audio output from the VCR into your surround system.
This way you will have a tuner (the VCR), and sound through the surround amplifier. You can also plug the audio output from your DVD player direct into the surround amplifier. This solution would likely run you less than half the cost of replacing the main board in the TV.