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RCA TV incompatible with Dish Network

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by beckyc, Apr 4, 2005.

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  1. beckyc

    beckyc New Member

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    I just had a 522 receiver installed yesterday (replaced an old 501). Everything is great except I have REALLY bad picture quality/resolution on TV2, which is an RCA 15L500TD.

    The installer was very helpful and tried everything; when he called they said it had something to do with the tv thinking the dbs signal was illegal so it was preventing it from showing.

    He tried using coax and rca connections, and also tested using the 501 receiver to rule that out. We tested the tv using a cable connection in my son's room and it worked fine. Also brought an older tv to the TV2 connection and it worked fine. Seems to be just this particular tv.

    Anyone ever heard of this? Is there anything else I can do/try?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Pablo_New

    Pablo_New Mentor

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    There are several channels you can choose for the output for TV2. You can change this to see if there is a difference (in setup menus). However, you said that the installer tried to use RCA connections and you got the same result. Given that, it sounds to me like the second tuner may be bad. You could put it in single mode and use the picture in picture mode to see if the PIP square appears to be good or looks like the result you get on the second tv. Or, put the coax output from TV2 to where your TV1 is and see if the same thing happens.

    Regarding the TV thinking that the DBS signal was illegal, that's just a bunch of nonsense. Again, since the RCA cable input did the same thing, that just tells the TV to basically act as a monitor and pass through the audio and video feeds it receives. There's nothing built in to filter out an illegal signal.
    When using the RCA cable, you have to have the TV set to an alternate input mode, there may be a button on your remote.


    You should not have to send back the 522, have the DISH installer replace it.
     
  3. David_Levin

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    You brought an older TV to the 522 TV2 connection and it worked? Was it hooked through the same cable as the original TV?

    I assume the RF out of the 522 is sending standard UHF. You might have to select the "Tuner Mode" on the 2nd TV (something like ANT vs Cable). "Cable" TV uses a different set of frequencies (sometimes 2 - IRC/HRC).
     
  4. kwajr

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    I am not sure why but i had an rca and my neighbor has an rca same model i only had cable on it but anyway when wwe hooked up video game systems using either rcas or rf modulaters the signal would go in and out no explaination as to why make no sense but perhapes its related
     
  5. music_beans

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    You should have kept your 501! :)
     
  6. mcglauch

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    I have seen this quite a bit with RCA tv's using the tv2 output. If you have a vcr at this location set it to the channel that is being sent to tv2 making sure you have antenna/cable mode selected properly. Then set the tv to 3/4 leaving the vcr turned on when in use.
     
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