A few weeks ago, my daughter's Spectra SS213 (Strawberry Shortcake) 13" TV stopped receiving cable signals. No matter which channel we select, it stays on the blue screen. When I go through the menu and tell it to search for all cable channels, it goes through the process, but apparently finds nothing, because it stays on "Channel 1." Then all other channels appear to be set to "skip" when I check the menu. (The TV is also hooked up to a VCR, and videotapes will play through just fine in the AV mode.) Any ideas? (I've tried using a different cable and hooking the TV up to a diferent cable jack, but the result is the same.)
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These are what once were VHF channels and are still mostly assigned to local stations. You didn't mention the source for your received signals, if antenna, cable or satellite and it does make a difference as to the possible source of the problem. If you are receiving via antenna, then the problem is within the set itself. If from one of the other two sources requiring a 'box,' then the problem is likely within the cable or satellite box that is between your incoming signal and the set.
You should be able to simply shut the unit off, & turn it back on after a few minutes. This will reboot the player & it should perform normally. If this fails, look for a tiny reset switch somewhere on the unit. It will be marked, but may be a tiny hole with very small lettering, that requires a pencil point to activate.
If you are receiving the signal from the same cable service provider rather than through an antenna, I would suspect the cable service is having a problem with its retransmission of the ABC channel in that suburb. I don't know if Australia is still broadcasting analog TV signals or if ABC is digital, but if the latter, perhaps the receivers are having trouble decoding the sound format identifier information. This could be something as subtle as a timing tolerance issue or as crude as noise or low signal level on the cable that has the receivers operating at the margin of sensitivity.
If the cable provider is sending digital signals a TV that old will not be able to receive them. If they are not digital signals they may be encrypted. You may need a cable box from the cable provider or use a DTV box to get free over-the-air digital broadcast signals.
I don't think there is a Direct TV remote code for this type of television. (Strawberry Shortcake). I'm assuming the reason is because this is such a cheap, generic tv that Direct doesn't recognize it. "Strawberry Shortcake" isn't as big as "Hello Kitty" I guess. . This is sad because even though the big, pink power button has popped off to where you have to press the little rubber nub, my daughter has been using hers for well over two years where many reviewers have given the tv model bad reviews of breaking down after only 6 months. Hers did not come with a DVD player, although it IS a SS213 model.
Sounds like the power supply may be going out, or check and see if there is a circuit breaker button on the back. Otherwise there may e a blown fuse that is internal. Don't open the back unless you have training on what is safe to touch as the picture tube can maintain a HUGE electrical charge that can stop your heart if you accidently touch the wrong thing. Sounds like a weak power supply tho. Jay
Codes are hard to come by for this brad as it more than likley is s a sub brand for a major mfg. however you can take your dish remoter and use a powerscan to find a correct code. do this by holding down the SAT button till all lights light up at the top, then enter the code 500 then press pound, Now press the SAT again till they light up then release, then press teh big red power buton once, then press teh blue up arrow onece every 2 seconds until you tv shuts off, ( dont go to fast or you will pass up code. as soon as your tv shuts off, press the pound key and your ready to go with power and volume.