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Smart card is a card that is inserted into the settop box(I believe thats what you are using) so that your subscription is activated and you will be able to watch channels. If the card is already inserted Turn off the set-top box gently pull out the card and re-insert it. If problem persists or you do not have a smart card kindly contact your cable operator so that he can provide you with the same.
Check if it has a scrambled image on all sources ie - DVD- VCR - cable/satellite box. Since the PIP is normal it sounds like the signal source is bad.
Post back with more info about your set up (what's hooked to your TV) if you need more info
I don,t where you live & therefore I don't know which transmitter you will be picking but this sounds as if your local transmitter has now stopped transmitting the analogue signal. You maybe aware from a lot of advertising that this form of signal will be getting turned off in different areas around the country so unless you have cable or a digi-box or a digital TV then you will not receive any signal. As you have the Virgin box you will still receive channels 1 to 5 on digital but not on analogue.
most likely the problem is due to a "lock up" you need to reset the system, unplug the set, and look in the back panel (I am assuming it is a digital (flat screen tv?) for a small (usuall) red nipple, again making sure the power is unplugged, depress the nipple with a bll point pen for about 5 seconds, wait a few minuets, and plug the set back in, you will most likely need to go to your menu for set up again, but you will be starting with a clean slate (so to sleak) and the tuner should then correctly pass the signal though
Will the TV go to channel 3? if not you need to reporogram the TV to sence channel 3 or go into the setup and undelete channel 3. Channel 3 is the channel your digital box is set to boradcast to the tv itself.
Hi thanks for the info i got a box off my mate that he used and this wouldnt work on my line but my virgin box works fine so it looks like they have clued up and managed to scramble the signal. Maybe someone will find a way of doing the newer boxes and solving your problem. I cant see the firmware programmes being able to get round the scrambled signal on the older boxes so i think its a case of waiting till the new boxes can be sorted if i hear anythink ill post back a message for you hear. I spoke to a mate who works with virgin as a tech and he said ha has seen a couple of boxes that he took of people that could view all channels so what he done was kept a box for himself and he is going to get back to me when he gets chance to look at whats been changed on the box. Till now he thought it wasnt possible but when virgin called him to collect the boxes as they were being used when they wasnt paying subscription cus he said virgin can see what your watching now where as the ntl boxes couldnt do this. But he said they wouldnt have got caught if they paid for the basic package because he said virgin found out the signal was coming from their addresse without them paying for using the box, so he said if you paid for the basic package then you wouldnt get caught so what hes going to do is find out how they hacked the box and then he will let me know ok then ill let you know ok.
The only problem you might have is getting the new virgin box he said the only way he can see round this is if you piad for basic package then have the box upgraded then at least virgin would know you had a box and would be less obvious what was happening ok.
So ill post message back for you in the next week or so ok so speak soon, also if you find anything out then let me know ok
Easy set up, Hook up all the components to the back of the TV normally and then use a stereo cable from the tv to your reciever.
Usually on the tv it says audio out or variable audio out, this will go straight to your reciever on one input allowing all devices on your tv to be hooked through your reciever on one cable and the sound will come from the tv and reciever at the same time or you can turn the audio off on the tv., you can also hook up any optical audio outs from your devices to your reciever as well. This will allow for surround sound to your reciever.