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Old 11-24-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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This may be in the wrong place, but I'm bout ready to pull my hair out here. I just had basic cable put in my house, just the local networks, bout 15 channels. That's all I needed from the cable company since I have dish network and can't get my locals. The cable company said all I'd have to do is hook up the coaxial and tune to the channels. Well, that worked on my older tv, but hasn't work on my Sharp tv. I've run the set up so many times it's not even funny! What the heck could I be doing wrong here??? I'm just wanting to see the Thanksgiving day football games since I can't get them on Dish. This is crazy!
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:59 PM   #3
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Your tv should have two sets of channels for something input through coaxial (it would be called something along the lines of "tuner mode"): ANTENNA and CABLE. Look around in the menu for an option like that. My guess is that its currently set to ANTENNA, if you find it change it to CABLE.

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And by running the setup do you mean you scanned for channels?

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Your tv should have two sets of channels for something input through coaxial (it would be called something along the lines of "tuner mode"): ANTENNA and CABLE. Look around in the menu for an option like that. My guess is that its currently set to ANTENNA, if you find it change it to CABLE.

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And by running the setup do you mean you scanned for channels?
Exactly! It must be set to cable to utilize the QAM tuner instead of the Digital tuner which is just for OTA (Over The Air) with an antenna.

As was said also be sure you are scanning for both analog AND digital channels. You might find they do not scramble the local HD channels.
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Your tv should have two sets of channels for something input through coaxial (it would be called something along the lines of "tuner mode"): ANTENNA and CABLE. Look around in the menu for an option like that. My guess is that its currently set to ANTENNA, if you find it change it to CABLE.

Hope this helps!

And by running the setup do you mean you scanned for channels?
Thank you so much for the reply! And yes, by set up, I meant scanned for channels. And I do have it on cable. Mine shows air or cable. I've run it on both and don't get anything on either. When I put the display up, that shows the channel it will show cable/analog. I'm wondering if it should be cable/digital, but there's no way to change that. It is very frustrating! I dunno. Thanks again for the reply.
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Thank you so much for the reply! And yes, by set up, I meant scanned for channels. And I do have it on cable. Mine shows air or cable. I've run it on both and don't get anything on either. When I put the display up, that shows the channel it will show cable/analog. I'm wondering if it should be cable/digital, but there's no way to change that. It is very frustrating! I dunno. Thanks again for the reply.
Hmm, lets go down the list. Do you have another coax you could try to hook it up with?

Or is there anyway to hook it up via standard RCA video cables? Maybe component? Even though its not HD it would still work.

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Exactly! It must be set to cable to utilize the QAM tuner instead of the Digital tuner which is just for OTA (Over The Air) with an antenna.

As was said also be sure you are scanning for both analog AND digital channels. You might find they do not scramble the local HD channels.
Yes, my set up selection shows "air & digital scan". Done it, and still nothing. Still scratching my head!
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Hmm, lets go down the list. Do you have another coax you could try to hook it up with?

Or is there anyway to hook it up via standard RCA video cables? Maybe component? Even though its not HD it would still work.
There is only one place to hook it up on the back of the tv with coax, and the coax is run directly from outside, through my floor, directly to my tv. And I do not have a box or anything that I would need to run rca, etc., cables from. So again, I'm stumped. I talked with the cable company today and they said I would not need a box/converter or anything for the channels I'm wanting to receive, should just be able to hook it directly up and I'd have my channels!
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Try digital AND Cable together. It is possible that your cable company has changed over to all digital despite it not being mandatory for them to do so like the OTA stations.
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Try digital AND Cable together. It is possible that your cable company has changed over to all digital despite it not being mandatory for them to do so like the OTA stations.
That's what I was saying, it gives an option to scan for analog and digital or just analog channels. I've done both, all of the above, everything and still nothing.
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So when you scan for both digital & analog WHILE it is set for CABLE, it finds nothing?

If that is the case it sounds like a defective QAM tuner in it. Especially if the other TVs in the house can get the channels. Have you tried using a different cable? How about moving the TV to where another TV already works?

If none of those tests work then it is defective.
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So when you scan for both digital & analog WHILE it is set for CABLE, it finds nothing?

If that is the case it sounds like a defective QAM tuner in it. Especially if the other TVs in the house can get the channels. Have you tried using a different cable? How about moving the TV to where another TV already works?

If none of those tests work then it is defective.
Yeah, I was starting to get the feeling we would come down to a defective tuner.
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Yeah, I was starting to get the feeling we would come down to a defective tuner.
Is a defective tuner a known problem with these TV's or something? A common one? The model # for my TV is LC46D65U, a Sharp Aquos.
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No it is not well known (at least to me), but it happens.
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No it is not well known (at least to me), but it happens.
Well lemme ask this....the cable guy asked me about running it through my dishnetwork box or just to the coax jack on the back of the tv. Is there a way to run it through there and bypass the possible defective tuner?
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