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I have an ancient "big back" Toshiba TV, model 32AF44 and

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can't change the channel to...
I have an ancient "big back" Toshiba TV, model 32AF44 and can't change the channel to 3 because I don't have a remote and the channel selector on the TV doesn't work. How can I change the channel? Thx!
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TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago
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Hi my name is ***** ***** welcome to JustAnswer. Please reply back if a solution doesn't help immediately.

Most remotes for everything are usually programable for something else such as a TV. Otherwise you can buy a universal remote and program it for the toshiba.

here is one for around $2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Mini-Keychain-Universal-Remote-Control-TV-Set-/290602765285?pt=Radio_Control_Parts_Accessories&hash=item43a9464be5

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Ed, I have tried a remote and it didn't work. Please provide a resolution beyond what I have already attempted...thx!
TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago

Is it a universal remote? Did you program it and try a couple different Toshiba codes? There is no magic way to change your channel. Only 2 ways. The built in changer and a remote. Maybe if neither works the tuner is actually broken.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
a universal remote which incidentally worked on another cable TV platform (digital box) but would not work with a digital converter box
TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago

So I guess you are trying to get this TV to work with a digital converter box. Does it default to channel 2. If so is there any difference while watching channel 2 if the digital converter is turned on or off.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

Ed, the problem is I can't get the TV to channel 3 using the remote or TV channel selector. I was hoping to get an alternative answer to my question on how to change the channel since the remote and selector aren't the resolution.

TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago

please do the last test

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

the last test, are you referring to channel 2? The converter box is defaulted to channel 3 and I am unable to select any channel...2, 3, or anything

TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago

Just leave the TV on channel 2 and the converter on what its default is, and turn the converter on and off and see if there is any change in the picture on the TV. Glitch, static, etc. On mine with a digital converter and the TV on channel 2, the picture and sound come in but it doesn't sync and goes blue after a few seconds.

When you programmed the remote to work with the Toshiba, was it able to turn the power to the TV on and off?

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
The TV will NOT change channels using the remote or TV channel selector and the cable service default is channel 3; therefore, there is no need to use channel 2. The universal remote had no effect on the TV, only operated the cable box.
TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago

What channel is the TV stuck on?

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

74 and 103

TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago

not sure how it can be on 2 channels but in any case the only solution is to try another universal remote. When programmed correctly it has to be able to at least turn the power on and off to show it is setup correctly.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
that is the extent of the remote's control over the TV, it turns the TV on and off, but it doesn't change the channels
TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago
I thought you didn't have a remote as originally stated. Sounds like TV is defective then.
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TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago
have you tried unplugging the power and seeing if that defaults the channel to 2
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I replied my remote isn't functioning with the TV and the TV channel selector won't change the channel to 3.
TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago

have you tried unplugging the power and seeing if that defaults the channel to 2

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I''ve unplugged the equipment and it doesn't default to anything
TV Technician: Ed, Technician replied 6 years ago
I will opt out. maybe another expert has a better idea.
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TV Technician: Joe, Technician replied 6 years ago
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Thank you for using justanswer.com, my name is ***** ***** I will be glad to assist you with your concern today.

Can you get into the tv menu?

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Joe

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