Cable TV Self Help

Troubleshooting Cable TV Issues:

Here are some common TV picture problems and solutions:

No Picture?
Check that the channel setting on your converter/terminal AND TV are both set on 3. Adjust the "brightness" control on your TV. Check program listings to make sure the channel is broadcasting during this time slot. Wait for possible TV station announcement of difficulty.
Normal picture, but no color, wavy lines or buzzing sound?
Adjust the fine tuning setting on your TV.
Dark picture?
Slowly adjust your TV's brightness and/or contrast control.
Rolling picture?
Slowly adjust your TV's vertical hold.
Picture leans to side?
Try adjusting the "horizontal hold" on your TV.
Picture shrinks?
There may be an overloaded circuit in your TV set. Or, the electric company may have temporarily cut back the power.
Stations appear on the wrong channel?
If you have a home terminal/converter, make sure your TV (and VCR) is tuned to channel 3.
A vertical bar moves through the picture?
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Dark horizontal bars move through the picture?
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Snowy picture and/or hissing sound?
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Digital lines in picture can't be fixed by fine tuning?
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Can't tune in desired channel?
Determine if you are able to tune the channel using the tuning buttons on the home terminal. If so, the problem is likely your remote control. (See below.) Also, make sure the channel is not restricted by the parental control feature.
Remote doesn't work?
The batteries may be dead. Also, check that there are no obstructions between the sensor on the home terminal and the transmitter on the remote control. To correct this, make sure there is nothing on the terminal or blocking a clear line-of-sight between the terminal and the remote.



Here are some common TV sound problems and solutions:

No sound?
The MUTE button on remote control may have been pushed. Press MUTE on the remote to restore volume.
Buzzing sound?
Adjust the TV's fine tuning. Also, is the TV close to any appliances that could interfere with the signal while being used (microwaves, generators, vacuum cleaners, etc.)?
Sound noisy on one channel?
Your cable connection may be loose. Check the connection and tighten if necessary.
Sound from only one stereo speaker?
Your cable connection may be loose. Check the connection and tighten if necessary. Check to make sure that no wires are frayed and no plugs are bent or broken. Make sure the audio cables are connected to the correct L/R output jacks on your terminal. Also, check the 'balance' setting if sound is being delivered through your stereo amplifier.