My TV will turn on, and I am able to watch videos on the input channels, but when I switch to cable channels, the screen is just black. I just had a lightning storm which knocked out power out and when power was restored the cable did not work. I've ran another tv though the cable hookup so the problem lies with the tv. Any suggestions on what I can try?
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Re: TV SCREEN STAYS BLACK!
Bad news. The tuner is bad. Instead of fixing the problem, you can hook up a vcr or dvd that has a tuner built in it. Hook it up to the video input and use the vcr or dvd to change channels. Or you can replace the tuner in the tv.
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You'll need to switch the TV into Video mode. Most TV sets will have a button on the front panel labelled "input" or "tv/video," and pressing this button will cycle through the various inputs your TV has.
Alternatively, this button may be located on your remote control.
Rarely, no button exists, and video input is selected by changing the channel below channel 2; as if you were trying to select channel 1. This will select the video input on sets without a separate input selector button.
Normally if you can get/program Chs 2 and/or 4 as well the other channels, then Ch 3 should also be programmable. If this is not possible, perhaps you can try to manually program by selecting "03" and add to the memory "+" in some brands/model. If this is still a no go, perhaps you should seek the services of qualified professional since this would apparently be an internal software problem. You can also try a hard/full reset by unplugging the TV from the mains for couple of hours or as prescribed by your TV's user manual.
If the TV has Video input features, a possible temporary work around the TV's Ch3 problem is to use the Video1 or the Audio/Video INput of your TV and use an old VCR to connect to your cable box. Remove the coaxial cable from your cable box to your TV and connect it to the RF/TV INput of your VCR. Use a 3 way RCA to RCA connector (usually Yellow, Red & White) to couple the Audio/Video OUTput of the VCR to the Audio/Video INput of the TV. Select Video mode in your TV (so it doesn't matter even if you cannot program Ch3). Power up your VCR, select Ch3 in your VCR's tuner. I assume that to select channels you wish to view, you use a remote and channel selection is done in your cable box.
What worries me is "...went to a fuzzy black and white screen..." which is indicative of another fault.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turn up or should you need further information.
Good luck and kind regards.
usually a tv that doesn't "see" video on the S-video will not even "switch" to it. It just goes to the next Svideo, RCA etc..
Make sure your cable is not damaged. (on both ends) Does the svideo source and svideo cable work with another tv or video device?
From the Manual: " WHO•INPUT In TV mode, press WHO•INPUT to toggle through the available Video Input
channels (VID/SVID and the current channel). In SAT mode, press to select available channel lists.
Using the WHO•INPUT Button
Use the WHO•INPUT button to toggle through the available input sources (VID and the current
channel) and view the content from the component you have connected to the TV.
1. Press TV to place the remote in TV mode. Make sure that the content from the component is
2. Press WHO•INPUT to tune to the available input source and view the component.
3. Press WHO•INPUT again to tune back to the channel you were previously watching. "
Check to see that you don't have any channel locks or parental parental permission measures deployed. If so remove them, this includes V-Chip, and Parental lock out on the remote, and check your TVs menu items. What channel are being affected by this problem? Give channel number and channel type.
Sounds like it is changing to another video mode that has no input so the screen is blue. On many tv's the channel buttons also act as video input button. This should happen with the buttons on the tv. If you are using the the remote I am not sure why it is acting like a video input button. Try changing video to tv with one and changing the stations with the other. I take it you are watching antenna tv and not using cable box or satellite. If this does not work and you have old vcr just use it as a tuner to change your channels.