Need Help !
Did my bad CC screw up the tuner in my Sony PDP ?
Or was it just a real Firday the 13th ?
Here`s the deal , last nught I`m watching ER and all of a sudden the channel goes bonkers , fragments and then nada. So I reset the cable card and , while doing so noticed my remote was acting screwy , like it had dead batteries. Anyway the batteries in it are new and this is my true horror story. Finally was able to get to reset , only to find 75% of my channels (both HD & SD) were missing , GONE , --WTF so I turned off the tv and unplugged the cable card. Then turned on my tv and here`s where it gets really wierd , ny XS usually takes 9 sec. to power up ( yes I do count the light flashing ) , only this time it took almost 13 ( woulnd`t you knwo it ). so I had to do a manual channel search ( about an hr. wasted ), then the picture was fine , no CC so I had to hunt for any HD`s to be found ( and they were not on 7... like they shoud have been, Anyway found I was missing most even ones that you get without a CC.
So , I called Adelphia and explained my fun and joy , and was help by a very nice lady , anyway we went through the whole thing of putting the CC back in and then back out and somewere in the process my tv desided to correct itself. After a series of "hits" and a call back my tv fired up with 9 blinks with a CC did the reset thing and only 38 analog and no digital, so I gave her all the info I could get from the menu , Mac Address, BootRom ect. + confirmed Auth.# and it all checked out but the CC had gone bad, got a guy comming Tues. asked her to ask him to bring extras. Anyway while she was on the line , I asked her to hold while I removed the CC , so turned of tv and removed CC then powered up the TV and bingo 9 flashes so tv heel thy self , not so fast.
Hung up the phone and turned the tv off , about a half hour latter , turned tv on ( just to make sure ) 13 blinks WTF.
So I called A` again and spoke with another lady who wanted me to use a bad CC , $!~~ not what i said but thought , and further explained the prroblem and that I had callded earlier and spoke to `C , and she was most helpful and all I wanted was a "hit" , so she said put the CC back in explained that I dont get many channels , but she said I need something to hit , so OK back goes the CC and she zapps it (tv off _of course) and then I turned it on and counted 16 blinks , so I said we`re going the wrong way here. Please try it my way , she said OK , so turned the tv off , pulled out the CC and asked her to give me a "null signal" hit. OK she replied so I turned on the tv and bingo 9 blinks.
However , since then I have turned the tv off and now I`m getting 13 blinks.
Can someone with a higher brain function than me help figure thsi out, please.
THIS IS NOT A FRIDAY THE 13 th JOKE , although it would make a good one.
It just doesn`t make sence , the only thing I can imagine is the when the CC got fried it took part of my tuner with it , picture is not as smooth , asa before even when the CC was installed , and yes I am using a broadband amp , a Mortorola. PPPPPPlease help
Thanks , Gary
Somewhere south of Ware