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No signal after autoscan for channels

We have magnavox DTV Digital to Analog converter (STB) and followed the directions as close as possible. ( We use RF cable). When we came to do the autoscan part, there is a box saying no signal. We are not sure what we ought to do with channel. Do we add all numbers or just one number? It asked for the main channel, is that we add just # 3 for the main channel? Hope we can get it through with your help.
Thanks,
Mary

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  • krausmal32 Jul 23, 2008

    Thanks for the help. But even I tried with our main channel - 3. Still no service. Will try to use electric rabbit ears. Thanks. M

  • rach84jo Aug 30, 2008

    The Magnavox converter is a dud. RCA got great ratings but stores were out of them and the experation date for the $40 coupon was the same day of purchase, so I had no choice but to get the Magnavox. It just doesn't work.

  • ragtimedog Sep 14, 2008

    I have the same problem with not only the Magnavox, but another converter box as well. If I shut off the box, I get my regular channels, unless I unplug the antenna. I'm using the electric rabbit ears too.
    I didn't understand the solution.



  • abooley Oct 03, 2008

    I followed the instructions for the Magnavox TB100 MW9 dtv converter box only to end up with no signal. Is there a special antenna I must purchase? What kid of antenna wire must be used. I have an analog tv currently.

  • rkorsen Oct 05, 2008

    I went through the setup with the TB100MW9 several times which also resulted with the same "NO SIGNAL" message. I only received channel 58 which is transmitted 6 miles from here. I am using a rooftop antenna and RF cables that currently provides excellent analog free tv on all channels. I also tried to move the antenna to different positions and retried the scan with the same results. Also tried a rabbit ear amplified antenna and then no longer received Ch. 58. I found it interesting that the converter indicates it is finding various channels during the scan by blacking out the box, but then fails to show the channel.

  • kymi83 Nov 06, 2008

    i'm having the same problem, but i have a RCA, i've heard great reviews about them, but yet i still get the box saying i don't have signal. What type of antenna am i suppose to use to make this work. All this seems to be so much more trouble than it should be. It's just a big headach, someone please help.

  • jojones787 Feb 17, 2009

    I hooiked up the converter box and it didn't work. I called the support #, they said, with a digital TV [I have an outside antenna] I did not need the box. When the channels converted this morn I had only a blue screen. I hooked up the box, reset my channels in the TV, and still nothing. What is wrong?

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    no signal after autoscan for channels

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Tv stations main channel is an addition of 1 (04-1) but can have up to 5 stations (4-1, 4-2,4-3,4-4,4-5). They may not have anymore then one, it is their choice. PBS usually has 2 or 3 channels

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