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Strangeness with cable, TV

hoodie13hoodie13 punch broRegistered User regular
edited May 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So there's this weirdness going on with my TV and the cable. I'm pretty certain it's my TV, but maybe someone out there can help.

Whenever I go to watch ABC, which is currently located at channel 5 on my TV, I get a fuzzy picture. Not too fuzzy that I can't see what's going on, but fuzzy enough that dark pictures (i.e. LOST) can be tough to make out. Well, one day I got fed up with this and fiddled with the cable, just unplugged it directly from the TV and then back, and the picture came back, clear as glass.

Well, it's like this all the time. If the picture is fuzzy, I can unplug and replug the cable, and it'll come back, but over time the picture will get fuzzier and fuzzier.

Anyone know what's going on, how I can fix this?

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  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Try re-heading the coaxial cable.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    At first I thought that it sounded like the physical cable or connector may be wearing out. A bad connection or broken wire inside of it could be causing your issue.

    But if that is the cause it should be affecting all channels the same, not just ABC. But the fact that you can (temporarily) fix it on your end by removing and resetting the connection on your end implies that it's something wrong on your end. Possibly the tuner on the TV set, which I've no idea how to fix. You may want to borrow a TV from friends/parents to test and make sure it's not the cable.

    So, first suggestion: Try getting a new TV cable. Shouldn't run you more then 10 bucks depending on length.
    Second suggestion: Try getting the TV repaired/replaced.

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  • StaxeonStaxeon Buffalo, NYRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Do you have any other TVs in the house? Does this happen to all of them?

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  • Atlus ParkerAtlus Parker Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    If it's just your on air channels (2,4,5,6,7 etc) it could very well be signal leaking into your system. Try tightening up all the connectors from the wallplate to the TV and maybe even swap coax cables. Sounds like you're going cable direct? If it is ingress, and it sounds like it most likely is, try unplugging the cable from the wall. If you can still pick up channel 5 then either the coax or the TV is acting as an antenna. Then unplug the coax from the TV and again see if you can pick up channel 5. If so, it's the TV. If not it's the cable.

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  • AridholAridhol Daddliest Catch Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I would also suggest replacing the cable and/or the connectors you have access to and see if it clears it up.
    Definitely some type of interference.

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