How do you turn on a TV set?

Another one of those things you find out when the wife\’s away.

I know that I sometimes make short planks look clever but I am struggling to believe that I\’m quite this dim.

I can\’t work out how to turn on the TV.

When she left she said, look, press this one on the Sky remote and this one on the TV remote and it\’ll work.

Which it did. But something\’s gone wrong with that and I cannot for the life of me work out what it is.

Using the TV remote I can get the TV to turn on. Get a blank blue screen, but at least I know electricity is going into it.

I can also get the little light on the front of the Sky box to go from green to red and back again by using the button on the Sky remote.

But absolutely nothing else at all seems to have any effect. I can\’t get what I\’m obviously try to get, which is the Sky menu.

What is the little secret here? What\’s the important but that I\’ve never found out?

Update: the solution is in the comments there.

18 thoughts on “How do you turn on a TV set?”

  1. 1 Press Guide on Sky.
    2 If there a button on the TV remote called INPUT. Press it repeatedly till the Sky comes up. The icon is a circle with an arrow through it.
    3 If that doesn’t work, try pressing 0 on the TV remote.
    4 If that doesn’t work buy the missus flowers and go to the pub.

    Thanks for the blog Tim.

  2. Tim: basic answer is when you turn a TV on, it assumes you want to watch traditional TV through the traditional ariel. Sky and similar go through a different input, normally a SCART or AV socket.

    Sometimes, if you turn the TV on first, then the Sky box after a few seconds, it’ll auto detect a new AV signal and change automatically. If it doesn’t, you need to tell the TV to go to the right AV input instead of the normal arial input.

    It is possible to get TVs that default to a specific AV channel instead, but you’ve obviously not got one of them.

  3. If you get an HD telly with satellite and Ethernet inputs your brows will furrow, your blood pressure will rise and the air will turn blue.

  4. Have you a “source” button? That switches between all the different peripherals you have attached to the various scart leads at the back.

  5. Judging by Tim’s post he’s worked out how to use cooker/ microwave or there’d be more of a note of panic in his tone.

    ( The post re dishwasher will be…..when’s she due home, Tim?)

  6. As said, A V function is to try. Menu will give Hdmi options, and your sky box, if less than three or so years old will feed one of those. Great blog, thanks.

  7. On our one-zapper-replaces-three set -up, you press the change channels button and stuff happens. God knows why.

  8. Using my 25+ years worth of IT skills I am able to identify the cause of your problem from what you’ve said.

    “Sky Box”.

    I’m afraid you’ve have the TV equivalent of a virus, and a particularly nasty one at that, get someone qualified round to disconnect it ASAP and you’ll see an immediate improvement in programme quality and bank balance.

    Most modern TVs have a built in freeview tuner, using the same remote, it has less channels, but only if you consider rolling 24 hour Spongebob Squarepants to be a legitimate TV channel.

  9. My son tells me that I should press the button on the top of the tv, second from left, and then press the button on the right and move the cursor up to the 4.

    Only works if you have a tv like mine though …..

  10. Can you just imagine the dreadful feelings of rising panic if Mrs Worstall has been reading this blog? I can just imagine her struggling to get home before Timmy runs out of clean undies, and starts raiding her knicker drawer.

  11. The only person who can operate a modern A/V setup is the person who plugged all the cables in. No one else knows which input or output is which. And sometimes even they forget. I’ve been away for six months and a friend has been house sitting, he knows the DVR better than I ever did. And has recorded all my favourite shows. But he has to retrieve them – kind of embarrassing for an engineer.

    My brother seriously rang my mother on holiday when he was 18 to say “there’s no more bread, what do I do?”. My mother’s response, in her best deadpan, was “there are bakeries, go buy some more”.

  12. Monty, I didn’t really need the mental image of Tim parading around in his wife’s knickers. Thanks for that, I’ll send the psychotherapy bill to you.

  13. I made the mistake of buggering around with my Mum’s TV last time I was in the UK and nearly made her miss the start of Emmerdale. I had to call my sister to get her to talk me through the abstruse sequence of buttons I needed to press. Absolutely appalling bloody ergonomics. And note I am a software engineer with a postgrad degree in electronic engineering.

  14. Stepping back a technological level, why do they hide the on button these days? Last time I turned on the TV I never even got as far as worrying about TV/AV or which of the pullulating colony of remotes to use. I couldn’t find the *@%&£$! BUTTON.

    Fortunately I had a 14 year old available to assist: the button is in a secret cavity at the back, metaphorically behind a poster saying “beware of the leopard”. Having it at the front where you could do mad things like use it with ease and convenience would spoil the clean smooth lines of the design, I suppose. And they wonder why people are watching TV on the internet.

  15. If AV source selection is your issue, well done… but there is an alternative possible cause.

    The sky remote has the capability to control your TV as well if the correct manufacturer code sequence has been entered.

    Which means that if you accidentally have hit the “TV” button just above the “tv guide” button it will respond to the “tv guide” button with some unknown and unintelligible infrared control sequence. The sky box will notice a signal being sent, flash a light, and then decide to do nothing with the incomprehensible message.

    To go back to normal control-my-skybox mode, you need to press thebig blue “SKY” button at the top.

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