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Re: BROKE THE CABLE
Radio Shack MIGHT have the part. That little box was the connector assembly and is soldered on to the circuit board. You will need to unsolder the broken connector and solder in the new one. Either that or duct tape and be careful?!
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On most TV sets, the cable connector (also called an F-connector) is just press-fitted into the metal housing of the tuner (which selects the channels). It's not very strong mechanically and is pretty easily broken by tripping over the cable, moving the TV if the cable is too short, or often by cable technicians who overtighten the cable connection with a wrench.
The good news is that this can be fixed. There are two ways. The simple method is to replace the tuner. It's quick but costly as a new tuner may run $100. The second way is to replace the broken-off F-connector. On some sets it's possible to do this without removing the tuner, but not always. This repair may take a little more labor time, but saves the cost of the tuner.
Either way, this is a repair that's best left to a professional. Without the soldering skills and equipment needed, it's possible to do major damage to the TV and tuner circuit boards. I would recommend getting an estimate for the repair from a shop in your area. Yes, there are still places that fix TVs, but they are getting scarce.
Another possible "fix" is to forget about using the TV cable connection and use a VCR or DVR to tune the channels, and just use the TV's video and audio inputs. It doesn't repair the TV, but it gets you back onto the cable.
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If this model has a/v inputs you could use them and if you're on cable (direct cable not cable box) you could use a vcr to change channels - or you could remove the tuner and resolder the "cable plug" (RF connector) if it didn't crack the tuner circuit board when it came off.
The small metal box is the tuner. The tuner has to be removed to replace the broken off RF connector. The connector has to be soldered to the tuner housing (metal box) and the leg of the connector has to be soldered to the circuit board, board has to be checked for cracks or if it is broken. If board is damaged the tuner will have to be replaced, if its available.
It would probably cost more to have someone fix it than just replace it.If you or someone you know can use a solder iron you might get lucky and resolder conections, but most times its too hard to get at the circuit board to affect repairs and the connector usually gets mangled so bad it won't fit right anymore. Or you can try to avoid using this connection and use a different input. But you would need either a cable/satellite box or vcr (with the same kind of connection that broke on TV) and change the input used on the tv to the new connection such as 3 wire AV connection (with the yellow,red and white wires)
You should take this to a service shop to have it properly repaired. They may have to order a new tuner module if the circuit board inside has been damaged.
There are safety issues with grounding and AC mains isolation with this connector.
Servicing this can have serious safety issues. Take the set to a service center if you want it repaired.
For the average TV set, the tuner module is rather expensive. It can be in the area of about $70 to $120 depending on the model. There is about 1 hour of labour involved if there are no problems to change it.
You may be lucky, and the service tech may be able to fix the connector back to the tuner case or have a way to change it.
If the set is more than about 5 years old the tuner module may no longer be available.
ANGLS186-YES YOU CAN RESOLDER THE ANT. IN COAX CONECTION BUT KNOW YOU MUST FIRST SOLDER THE CENTER WIRE OF COAX TO TUNER BD. THEN CAREFULLY INSERT COAX BACK INTO ORIGINAL POSITION.THE EASIER SOLUTION IS TO USE A VCR OR CABLE BOX HOOKED TO YOUR SETS' VIDEO IN PORT AND CHANGE CANNELS W.THAT COMPONENT.JOE TV