Question about RCA 20F530T 20" TV

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Have new sony dvd player (dvp-sr500h) and can't connect to my rca 20f530T tv (also with cable box in the mix). I am using rca cables. Not getting picture or sound.

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  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    I'm almost certain that I don't have the remote. The RCA cables have 3 jacks on them. I use my cable remote to operate my tv, but I have to get up and push the power button to actually turn off the tv itself. I'm wondering if there is an alternate way to connect using some kind of converter? My old dvd player/vcr was connected differently, there were coax cables running from cable box to dvd player and from dvd player to tv.

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    Also, nothing happens when I press the "tv input" button on the dvd remote. Just now, I had a dvd in the player and when I pressed the stop button, "91" came up on the dvd display. Again the tv is old and the dvd player is new, just out of the box. Maybe the dvd player is faulty? I have a feeling though that it has to do with the connections.

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    Please see 2 new posts from me on this subject.

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    The cable box is a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 2200. The remote is a URSU-8700L-TWY from Time Warner Cable.

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    Ok, thanks. Enjoy your meal!

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    Tried this with the cable box on and with it off. To clarify, the tv screen is blank unless I turn on the cable box, it's not snowy or anything. In any case, nothing happened when I pressed these buttons.

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    Should I try ordering a replacement remote for the tv, assuming this is possible?

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    WOW, I am getting video, but no audio, or to clarify, I'm getting odd buzzing instead of audio. Great picture though!

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    Disregard remark about audio, the we had some plugs switched. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. My husband said to send you an apple pie.

  • prunefeet2 Mar 27, 2011

    Not only was the solution extremely helpful, but belectric spent a lot of time researching and figuring this out for me. Belectric was also super articulate and pleasant, and I could NOT be more pleased.



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Hello prunefeet.

If you're certain you've connected the cables correctly, I think the part you may be missing is selecting the correct input on the TV. Switch the TV and DVD player on, then press the INPUT button on the RCA remote (supplied with the TV) slowly and repeatedly until you either get the setup/welcome screen from the Sony DVD player or you return to the TV channels again.

If you don't have the original RCA remote control or you cannot find the signal from the DVD player by pressing the INPUT button, please can you let me know the following:

1. How many jacks/plugs are there on each end of your RCA cables - 3 or 5?
2. Which remote control do you use to operate the TV?


Posted on Mar 27, 2011

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    DILLIGAF Mar 27, 2011

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    You don't need any sort of converter - the problem is that you are unable to select the correct input on the TV for the DVD player. If you can find the RCA remote, this will solve the problem. If you can't find it, you may be able to do it using the cable box remote, but the remote may need to be programmed to enable this feature.

    If you can't find the RCA remote, please let me know the model number of your cable remote or cable box and I will see if there is a way to do it from the cable remote. The cable box model number should be on the front of the box or on a label on the back. The remote model number may be written on the upper face of the remote or possibly on the back or in the battery compartment.

    It may also be possible to use the Sony DVD remote for switching inputs. I will check on this for you.



    DILLIGAF Mar 27, 2011

    Thank you. I'm just about to take a break to eat. I will get back you in approx. half an hour,

    DILLIGAF Mar 27, 2011

    Dinner was most enjoyable - thanks!

    I don't think this will work, but it's simple and worth trying and this assumes the Time Warner remote is setup to operate the power and volume controls on your TV . . .

    1. Switch the TV and DVD player ON

    2. Press the TV key (below power) on the Time Warner remote once.

    3. Point the Time Warner remote at the TV and press the VIDEO SOURCE key once.

    (VIDEO SOURCE is in the bottom right-hand corner)

    - If nothing happens when you press VIDEO SOURCE key, press the CBL button on the remote once and then get back to me.

    - If the TV screen goes blank when you press VIDEO SOURCE, keep pressing it slowly and repeatedly until the DVD player setup/welcome screen appears or you return to the cable TV channels.

    I'm just looking into other methods for switching the TV to the DVD player input with the remote controls you have, but this is the easiest way if it works.

    Please note: You will need to click on "View More Comments" in the light-blue bar below this message to see further messages from me. This wont appear until the next time I post a message.

    DILLIGAF Mar 27, 2011

    I'm just checking whether it can be done from within the on-screen menu on the TV (using the buttons on the front of the TV) or from the Sony remote. If neither of these are possible, you will need to get a replacement RCA remote.

    These RCAs are a pain for switching inputs without the original remote, but it may be possible. If you do need to get a new RCA remote, I can probably find suppliers for you.

    DILLIGAF Mar 27, 2011

    OK, it definitely can't be done from the TV itself. Inputs can only be switched from a remote. We can try this from the Sony remote. If it doesn't work you will need to get a replacement RCA remote or a universal remote. I'd suggest replacing the original RCA remote as there is no guarantee it can be done from a universal.

    First you need to program the Sony remote to work with the TV:

    1. Switch on the TV

    2. Hold down the TV POWER key on the Sony remote

    (TV POWER)

    3. While still holding the TV POWER key, press 1 0 using the number keys on the Sony remote.

    4. Release the TV POWER key

    6. Point the remote at the TV and press the TV POWER key again.

    - If nothing happens you will need to replace your RCA remote.

    - If the TV switches off, switch the TV on again using the TV POWER key then . . .

    6. Switch on the DVD player

    7. Press the TV INPUT key on the Sony remote slowly and repeatedly until you either get the signal from the DVD player or you return to the TV channels.

    If nothing happens when you press the TV INPUT key, you will need to replace the RCA remote.

    Try this then report back. If you determine that you need to replace the RCA remote, please can you let me know your location to assist me with finding suppliers for a replacement remote.

    Good luck!



    DILLIGAF Mar 27, 2011

    LOL - you're welcome. Thank you for the kind words. I often have apple pie on Sunday but not today, unfortunately. Feel free to send some over.

    I'm glad you got back to me quickly about the audio as I was about to start drawing a connection diagram! Remember to use the TV INPUT key on the Sony remote to switch back to the cable TV channels. If you need any further assistance with the TV or DVD player, please post another message on this page.


    Nick / BElectric



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