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Need help with digital converter box hookup

I am trying to connect my tv to a digital converter box and cannot obtain a signal. menu refers to checking connection to anntena--can't find my owner's manual to help me with anntena issue. i know the tv is old but still has a good picture and would like to be able to use the converter box. If i do need an anntena--need to know what kind to buy and where does it plug into on the back of the tv?? TV only has 1 plug in and the converter box is plugged into it. Please Help.

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  • Tulsa girl Aug 18, 2008

    I hooked up 2 digital converter boxes - 1 on a newer tv works great. Other is an older set with no tv owner's manual. After autoprogram it only has 1 channel. Did manual channel search and was able to get 1 more station (PBS) but it is only partially viewable - kind of scrambled. The tv only has one connection in back. Any ideas?

  • jacqschnd Sep 21, 2008

    Where do I hook up the converter box on the back of this portable tv?

  • Goldie Rivkin Jan 09, 2009

    My portable tv is a GE Spacesaver model in an under cabinet bracket. An indoor antenna is connected to the Antenna In port of the digital converter and the converter box gets power. Although the box is connected to the back of the tv with an RF coaxial cable (via a plug adapter) it is not transferring power or a tv signal to the tv set. GWR

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I too have the GE 5 inch space saver..no manual. I have not gotten a converter box as yet, but I do have coupon. What converter box do you have and what was the problem that you were able to solve

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I located my owners manual and was able to resolve the issue

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