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Re: “Words, Aug. 19

Many TV's on the market today require the original remote that came with the set in order to navigate the set's menu system.

If you have tossed your original remote in favor of a universal remote (as many have) you may find yourself in a bit of a jam. Some universal remotes will navigate the set's menu system well enough to accomplish the task, often with great frustration thrown into the bargain, but in many cases it is simply impossible.

On my set, for example, I can access and navigate my menu system just fine... but I cannot exit the menu without the original remote, and therefore cannot save any changes I might have made.

Even if you believe that you will never have a need for the original remote that was supplied with your new television set, always store it in a safe place (with batteries removed) for those infrequent TV emergencies!

Besides, you never know when the dog will choose Super Bowl weekend to confuse your universal remote for a rawhide chew. :)

Posted by Bradley on 08/20/2010 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Words, Aug. 19

Sourdine is also the word for mute in French as well. For many TV manufacturers, French is typically the language which follows English in the setup menu. Whether this arrangement is alphabetical in nature, or simply by popularity I can't say, but it sounds as though your reader has somehow accidentally changed her TV's default language from English to French.

1. If your remote can control other devices, such as a VCR or DVD, begin by pressing the TV button, or change a channel, to ensure that the remote is indeed controlling the TV and not some other device.

[Note: here you may have a bit of trouble. If you have accidentally changed your TV's default language, the menu it's-self will be in French as well. The choices should be obvious, but if not, have an internet translator standing by to look up the correct menu choices]

2. Find and press the MENU button and scroll down to SETUP (some menu's may show you the current language setting on the first menu). Then scroll down to LANGUAGE.

3. If your remote has the 4 arrow keys, simply press the left arrow key, it should go back to English at this point, or you may have to press "OK" to get a response. If you don't have arrow keys, try the channel UP/DOWN buttons to elicit a response.

4. Once you have English selected, press either OK (if you have that button on your remote) or MENU to set your selection.

Now your TV should return from it's brief brush with international repartee' (oops, no pun was intended, sorry) and life should return to normal :)

God Bless
Little Rock

Posted by Bradley on 08/20/2010 at 9:11 AM


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