Originally Posted by kiunaiki
Can anyone help me set this thing up? I have it hooked up with a coaxial cable from the box to the wall jack and have the red, yellow, white cables hooked up from the box to the TV. I'm not getting any channels with the box.
I accidentally switched to RF Through or whatever to see if that would work and now the setup menus don't appear. I tried reseting it by leaving it unplugged for an hour but that didn't work. I also tried pressing and holding setup on the remote for 3-5 seconds like the manual says and that doesn't work either.
Using an RCA Color Trak F20640BC Model TV manufactured in 1998. Do I need an antenna? I live in an apartment and I'm not sure if the wall jack goes to an antenna.
I'd just piss around with it but like I said I can't get the menu to show up any more after I switched to RF Through.
Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Hook a coaxial cable from the other coaxial jack on your converter to the antenna in (coaxial connector) on your TV. Temporarily reuse the one you have running to the wall, if you don't have a second cable.
Turn your TV to air channel 3, and see if the menus are visible (might need to try ch 4, instead).
If so, switch the converter back to A/V outputs. Then, switch the TV back to A/V input.
It's quite possible that your apartment wall jack does not go to an antenna or antenna distribution system. It may just go to a box where the cable company can connect/disconnect cable service for your apartment.
One trick is to replace the coax in to the box with a makeshift simple antenna, made by unfolding a bare wire paper clip into an "L" shape. Stick the short end of the "L" into the in from antenna jack on the converter.
Do a channel scan. Did it pick up any channels? This simple antenna won't cut it if you are in a valley or far from the TV station transmitters, but it's cheap and easy enough to try the experiment.
If it does get a station - at least part of a frozen picture, or whatever - try the wall jack again, leaving the converter tuned as is. Do you get the station now? If not, the wall jack probably isn't going to be useful.
You'll need to get a decent antenna.
In an apartment building, OTA DTV reception with an indoor antenna may be less than perfect. If the paper clip antenna doesn't get anything, a simple rabbit ears/ loop antenna probably won't do much better.
There are good writeups on indoor antennas elsewhere on AVSforum. Search for those and read them before you buy. (I suggest avoiding amplified indoor antennas).