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post #211 of 591
that is the reason why I called the tuner not that great. It NEEDs a super strong signal for displaying picture. Never had a prob with my Sony TV. Sony does a great job of pulling in ever weaker channels.
post #212 of 591
I'm 40 miles from tower using unamped RS double bow-tie indoor antenna with hills and mountains in the way. I wouldn't consider that an extremely strong signal. Perhaps there is something broken on the coax antenna input of your Sharp? To me, it sounds like what I see when I have no antenna connected.
post #213 of 591
hmm. Maybe I should call Sharp and ask them, right?
post #214 of 591
what is their customer support #?
post #215 of 591
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mallu2u View Post

hmm. Maybe I should call Sharp and ask them, right?

My Sharp actually picks up even with at signal strengtht at ~50. This is clearly a relative number, since I am 25 miles away and am using an indoor rabbit ear antenna... I was not expecting much, and was impressed with the tuner. However, my comparison was with analog signals, which in my case are a lost cause without an outdoor antenna ....
post #216 of 591
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Originally Posted by mallu2u View Post

what is their customer support #?

1-800-be-sharp, then a bunch of 1s

Brace yourself for a long wait...
post #217 of 591
got them in 5 min. gave me a local repair shop #. Called them...on vacation, will come in 5 weeks to look at it! maybe I have a bad tuner on this tv. im sure costco is out of this tv now. am stuck it seems.
post #218 of 591
Are you guys talking about digital or analog stations?

I'm using a "FM ribbon" antenna that came free with my receiver, hooked into the digital OTA input on the TV and then dangled out a window behind the TV -- and I'm getting every digital channel within 60+ miles.
post #219 of 591
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Originally Posted by mallu2u View Post

got them in 5 min. gave me a local repair shop #. Called them...on vacation, will come in 5 weeks to look at it! maybe I have a bad tuner on this tv. im sure costco is out of this tv now. am stuck it seems.

Sharp should be able to offer another local shop or some other alternative, I would hope!

I too am stuck in a quandry about my TV: The details are in another thread, but the bottom line is that if Costco doesn't get more of this model, I'll be exchanging for the next model they get (per advice from the local Sharp servicer).
post #220 of 591
nathan, digital channels. I only care abt HD stuff. Perplexed totally since my Sony XBR gets all channels easily and this one does not. Will call sharp again for another service shop later today.
post #221 of 591
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Originally Posted by pdp76 View Post

I just did the EZ setup (man it takes a while) but it did not pick up a certain digital channel because at the time, it was not broadcasting anything. I do not want to go through the EZ setup again, is there anyway I can manually add the channel? I couldn't find anything in the manual.

Any luck adding a channel manually? I am assuming you are referring to the TVGOS.

The TVGOS for my digital cable w/ cablecard has a few of the channels mixed up or missing. For those that are missassigned I've been able to move channels around to tune to the appropriate channel but have no remedy for the missing channels.
post #222 of 591
What is a good movie that tests the blacks not only for this LCD but all of them in general
post #223 of 591
Dark City
post #224 of 591
Thread Starter 
A link to all Sharp prodcut User Manuals has been added to the begining of this thread (Msg #3, Sharp website info) for those interested in info on other Sharp models (or products ).
post #225 of 591
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Originally Posted by fish_h20 View Post

Any luck adding a channel manually? I am assuming you are referring to the TVGOS.

The TVGOS for my digital cable w/ cablecard has a few of the channels mixed up or missing. For those that are missassigned I've been able to move channels around to tune to the appropriate channel but have no remedy for the missing channels.

No, I'm not referring to TVGOS... I'm talking about the channel lineup when you use the channel up and down buttons on the remote to scroll through the channels. I don't think the TVGOS channel lineup has anything to do with the channels in memory do they? I could be wrong.

Anyway, no luck either way, I might just have to do the EZ setup again when that particular HD channel is broadcasting again......
post #226 of 591
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Originally Posted by pdp76 View Post

No, I'm not referring to TVGOS... I'm talking about the channel lineup when you use the channel up and down buttons on the remote to scroll through the channels. I don't think the TVGOS channel lineup has anything to do with the channels in memory do they? I could be wrong.

Anyway, no luck either way, I might just have to do the EZ setup again when that particular HD channel is broadcasting again......

No, don't do EZ Setup. Do channel search (the next Setup option).

This allows you to search each input (analog, digital air or cable) separately if you so wish. You can "turn off" the inputs that you do not wish to search, and takes much less time...
post #227 of 591
I seem to have found a bug with the "Flashback" (previous channel) function -

If a channel is selected and entered from the TV Guide, then if the "Flashback" button button is used, the last channel viewed is not selected. It seems to select the next to last channel viewed under these conditions.

I suspect the firmware is not be updating the previous channel register when the TV Guide channel enter function is used.

If someone can confirm this for me I'll report it to Sharp.
post #228 of 591
I have had this unit for about a two weeks now and I still can not get TVGOS to load the channels. I have been reading this post ever since trying to piece together how others are getting their TVGOS to work properly.

I am using a Cable Card provided by comcast to get digital cable. It is split to go into the analog and digital cable. When I go to Channel setup the only option I have to scan for channels are digital air (which has nothing connected to it). When I navigate to channel memory I see that only digital air and cable card are selectable. To those who have gotten their TVGOS to work did you have analog air under channel setup greyed out? Or is it selectable. Do you have digital cable greyed out under channel setup? Or is it selectable.

Has anyone with cablecard gotten TVGOS to work? If you have under TVGOS setup did you select yes for having cable and no for having a cable box connected? I have tried different zipcodes around Seattle, WA with no luck. Thanks for all your help.
post #229 of 591
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Originally Posted by Lemuel View Post

I have had this unit for about a two weeks now and I still can not get TVGOS to load the channels. I have been reading this post ever since trying to piece together how others are getting their TVGOS to work properly.

I am using a Cable Card provided by comcast to get digital cable. It is split to go into the analog and digital cable. When I go to Channel setup the only option I have to scan for channels are digital air (which has nothing connected to it). When I navigate to channel memory I see that only digital air and cable card are selectable. To those who have gotten their TVGOS to work did you have analog air under channel setup greyed out? Or is it selectable. Do you have digital cable greyed out under channel setup? Or is it selectable.

Has anyone with cablecard gotten TVGOS to work? If you have under TVGOS setup did you select yes for having cable and no for having a cable box connected? I have tried different zipcodes around Seattle, WA with no luck. Thanks for all your help.

No, I can't get TVGOS to work either, and I've tried both cable and air options, and also changing zip codes, etc.

Regarding your other point about the channel set up being on analog air and greyed out, here is my understanding:

Once you initially choose analog air/ analog cable, this function is greyed out in the Channel Setup menu and cannot be changed. However, you can change your selection (air/cable) from the TVGOS Setup menu.

If your analog signal is connnected to cable, you should go to the TVGOS menu, and select analog cable under the TVGOS setup function. I understand others who have cable card (I don't) have succeded in getting TVGOS to work (if setup is configured properly).
Good luck
post #230 of 591
I'm also in the Seattle area and still have not been able to get the TVGOS feature to work. I tried with Analog, Analog+QAM and Analog+CableCard so far. I also tried about 15 different Zip codes, resetting the unit, keeping the TV turned off for 48 hours, boosted the signal, move the unit to another cable outlet, leaving the unit on a specific channel when turning off (PBS): NOTHING worked. I can't even get the time to see correctly!

I also know somebody else in the WA state area that has the same TV and he's not able to make it work.

Please speak up if anybody in the WA state is able to get this feature working.

-eric
post #231 of 591
I live in Charlotte, NC, and my TVGOS works..... sort of. Sometimes I'll turn it on and everything will come up fine, then other times I'll turn it on and everything will say "No Listing".

I have a splitter plugged into my cable outlet in the wall, then I have one cable going to the Analog in and the other going to the Digital in. I pick up all of my local channels fine via QAM, although the TVGOS doesn't show me any of the listings for those channels.

Also, I get TNT HD and Discovery HD through the QAM, but they are listed at channel 0. So when I set my favorites, there is no way to put them in different slots since they're both at 0. Has anyone else ran into this issue?

Also, has anyone found anything else about this thing losing favorites? My set has never retained them, and it's starting to get on my nerves.
post #232 of 591
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Originally Posted by MajorMullet View Post

Also, I get TNT HD and Discovery HD through the QAM, but they are listed at channel 0. So when I set my favorites, there is no way to put them in different slots since they're both at 0. Has anyone else ran into this issue?


Yes. I have the same problem with several channels coming up as 0. I have pretty much given up on TVGOS and use the cable STB channel guide instead. A pity, since the pq on the direct cable connection is marginally better...
post #233 of 591
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Originally Posted by Geo05 View Post

Yes. I have the same problem with several channels coming up as 0. I have pretty much given up on TVGOS and use the cable STB channel guide instead. A pity, since the pq on the direct cable connection is marginally better...

Did you guys try using the TVGOS edit function to input the correct channel #'s for those listings? I've had some success getting channels that way.

Actually, you're lucky! I can't get at those channels with the QAM tuner.

Can anyone tell me how to get the F/W for the set? Is that what is shown on the "menu-digital-identification" screen?
post #234 of 591
I live in the Seattle area ( Issaquah actually). I have tried all sorts of zip codes with no luck either. I am going to try the TVGOS edit function that Dave talked about.
post #235 of 591
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Originally Posted by Lemuel View Post

I live in the Seattle area ( Issaquah actually). I have tried all sorts of zip codes with no luck either. I am going to try the TVGOS edit function that Dave talked about.

The editor I talked about probably won't help you get the program listings - it allows you to change the channel tuning #, listing position, etc. but has no effect (that I know of) on actually obtaining the download of the listings.

Dave
post #236 of 591
seattle area no tv guide as well


i do enjoy the free on demand occasionaly
post #237 of 591
Has anyone tried using the S-Video output on this TV?

I don't see any signal on the S-Video output except when the TV is displaying a signal from the S-Video input. That makes the S-Video out worthless.

Thanks
post #238 of 591
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Originally Posted by synch22 View Post

seattle area no tv guide as well


i do enjoy the free on demand occasionaly

I too don't get the TV Guide from Comcast cable. I suspect that Comcast doesn't transmit the TV Guide info.

What QAM channel numbers have you found that are used for On Demand? I've found 100.1 through 100.10 so far.

I had to do channel search using "IRC"

I recently upgraded to the Comcast DVR Motorola box from the standard Motorola digital box. With the old box, the DVI output for HD channels didn't look as good as the QAM tuner in the Sharp. However, the new DVR box seems to have fixed that, and the DVI output looks the same as the QAM now. The DVR box only costs $5 more, and is really useful as a DVR too.
post #239 of 591
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but would it make any difference to my picture if I switch from a standard/interlaced DVD player to a progressive scan player?

Right now I'm using an older Sony DVD player with 480i output over component cables (to input #1 on my Sharp LC-37D5U). Anyone know if I'd see a noticeably different result with a progressive scan player? How about with an "upsampling" player with 720p or 1080i output over HDMI? Anyone here tried both?

Thanks in advance.
post #240 of 591
I started with a year old Sony DVD changer with composite input and couldn't stand the picture. I tried 480p with component inputs and didn't think the picture was much better. I than did some research in the forum and decided to buy the Oppo dvd player. The Oppo is feeding a 720p output over HDMI into the Sharp. Simply put, there is no comparison. I mean, it's not even close how much better the Oppo is. Maybe my Sony DVD changer is that bad.


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Originally Posted by powerswitch View Post

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but would it make any difference to my picture if I switch from a standard/interlaced DVD player to a progressive scan player?

Right now I'm using an older Sony DVD player with 480i output over component cables (to input #1 on my Sharp LC-37D5U). Anyone know if I'd see a noticeably different result with a progressive scan player? How about with an "upsampling" player with 720p or 1080i output over HDMI? Anyone here tried both?

Thanks in advance.
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