Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Clueless in Cableland

I hate when things don't work.

I turned on the TV for the first time in a while, and might have pressed a wrong button on the remote. Soon, the video inputs started scrolling by themselves: TV, DVD/VCR, and 2 blank ones, around and around. The TV screen would stay on one for a bit, then move, at varying time intervals. At first, I could help it along by pressing the TV/Video button on the remote that scrolls through the different inputs. Then the remote stopped connecting entirely.

I replaced the remote batteries, but that didn't help. At one point the TV stayed on a screen with "no signal" in the lower left. But eventually it moved on and I was able to watch TV on TiVO (through which I normally tune the channels), get into the TiVO menu, and see that it had just recorded "Entourage" OK. In the middle of watching, it moved to another input. Grrr.

In the midst of this, the TV remote did work and I could turn the TV on and off, change the volume, and scroll through the inputs (though that didn't stop them from scrolling by themselves). So what's the problem (cable? TV?) and what do I do?

Googling and the TV manufacturer's site have not been much help. I found this: "Problem: The television changes channels, video inputs or raises and lowers the volume by itself. IMPORTANT: If the television is connected to a cable or satellite set top box, change the signal source on the television. If this resolves the issue, contact your cable company or satellite set top box manufacturer for assistance." Huh? How do I change the signal source? It then advised unplugging and replugging the TV, which I did. Still no good.

I left the TV on and it's still scrolling around. The remote's not connecting. Since I last checked, it recorded TMZ OK, and I was able to watch a little "Jerry Maguire" on live TV before it scrolled to Video 3. I've pressed so many buttons on the remote I'm scared I may have lost the original settings.

C hooked this all up in January 2003, and I have no idea exactly what he did. Maybe I just need to press a button on the remote. Or a neighbor is doing something to mess up the signal (this was suggested when DSL didn't work last week). M on Facebook suggested a large bat or axe. Sigh.

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