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Old 01-03-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum and have been searching for an answer to my question before posting. I am kind of "green" with this new HDTV technology and the issues posted previously were not exactly my problem.

Here is the problem I'm having. I just bought a new 26 inch Dynex LCD TV from Best Buy. I also bought a new Insignia DVD player with the HD upconversion. I also have a regular Motorola digital cable box from Comcast. I started by just hooking the cable box to the TV. However on the TV's menu the "DTV Signal" option is grayed out. When I run the set-up the television does not pick up the digital cable box at all. Is this product only designed to pick up HDTV? Shouldn't it be "aware" of my digital cable box as well or does it only "recognize" HDTV boxes?

Additionally how should I have all of these cords hooked up? Should the coaxial run from the wall into the cable box and then the cable box to the TV? Or should I not worry about all of this and just keep my TV in the box until I upgrade to the Comcast HD service?
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You have a couple of options for now.

1. You can connect the STB to the TV via a video cable like S-video or component. If it has component video (red, green and blue) RCA connections, I would use that, if not S-video will do fine. Connect the coax from the wall to the cable box and then run the S-video/component out from the box to the associated input on the TV. You will also have to connect the red and white RCA cables for audio. Then just switch the TV to that input like video-1 or component 1 or whatever. You should be good to go.

2. That TV most likely has a built in digital QAM tuner. Just plug the Coax strait from the wall (bypass the box all together). Swich to the antenna/cable input and do a scan for digital/analog stations. If digital cable, you will probably get some of the channels in HD like your locals. They are for unscrambled stations only so if you have some premium channels and stuff like HBO ect., you wount get them with out the box/cable card..

Is you DVD player set up OK??
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Thanks for your reply. I FINALLY got everything to work once I got some component cables. I have the component cables running from my TV to the DVD player and I have the HDMI cable running from the HDTV to the cable box. It was the only combination that worked. I tried the HDMI "splitter" so that I can hook all of it through HDMI cables and it didn't work. But everything is hooked up fine now.
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