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TIPS ON MULTICHOICE DSTV DECODERS, TV AERIALS, DVD AND VCR

 

Our experience has shown that many TV, VCR, DVD, CD and DSTV decoder problems can be avoided by following these instructions:


  • Do not use damaged cassette tapes, they will dirty your video heads. Do not use scratched discs, this causes audio tracks to skip, pictures to freeze and lazer pick ups to wear out soon.
  • Keep your discs and tapes in their dust covers.
  • Never leave your tapes or discs in the sun or on top of a warm TV, DSTV, VCR, DVD or CD Player.
  • Throw away any tape that is crinkled or disc that is scratched.
  • Never try joining a broken tape; this will damage your video heads.
  • Never put oil in your DVD, CD or VCR. Incorrect placing of oil will cause damage and unnecessary expense.
  • Replace damaged cables or plugs. They can cause snow or loss of sound or picture.
  • Do not use ear buds or cotton wool to clean your video heads or lazer eye. This can cause damage. Use only a Video Head cleaner cassette or Disc Cleaner.
  • We recommend that you have your DVD , CD or Video serviced once every two years.

 

 If you experience problems operating your set; check the following in sequence:

  • Cables from TV, DSTV Decoder and TV Aerial correctly plugged into Video or DVD. (Correct sequence is TV aerial to DSTV Decoder, DSTV Decoder to DVD recorder or Video, DVD recorder or Video to TV.)
    (DVD without record function connects to the TV;s AV sockets only, without any TV aerial connection.)
  • Timer switch not accidentally on
  • Video channel selected (usually Channel 8 for VCR or AV channel for DVD)
  • TV tuned to video or DVD or DSTV Decoder (can you see the test pattern? Usually 2 vertical white bars or a blue screen on a VCR or a menu on a DVD)
  • DVD recorder or Video tuned to SABC, E-TV, Mnet and DSTV decoders. (Leave the TV channel as it was in step 4 while you check the DVD or VCR channels.)

 

Should your DSTV picture be fuzzy or full of wavy lines or appear to have a second picture in the background try the following recommended procedure to change DSTV decoder output channel frequency.


SINGLE-VIEW DSTV MODEL 1110

  1. Press Menu on the remote control: There will be two parallel dotted lines on the front panel of the decoder
  2. Press 1 for Information Central (Remember: the customer cant see anything on the TV)
  3. Press 4 for uhf frequency
  4. Wait until there is a number on the front panel, i.e 46 (The DSD110 will display UH XY where XY is a two digit number)
  5. Press the right arrow until 52 gets displayed on the front panel
  6. Don’t press OK on the RCU
  7. Tune the TV for the test pattern (52 will be the UHF channel)
  8. Save it on the TV and then press OK on the DStv remote control to save the change.
    NB: If there is still interference on channel 52 try 53 and 54.

SINGLE-VIEW DSTV MODEL 1131

  1. Firstly, connect your DSTV decoder using RCA and NOT RF cable (in order to see the picture while tuning)
  2. Press MENU on the remote control
  3. Go to Advanced Options
  4. Go to TV installation
  5. Enter PIN 9949
  6. Go to UHF Tuning
  7. Use the left arrow to change UHF channel from 63 to 52 or 54
  8. Press OK to Save
  9. Press EXIT or TV until you return to a video channel and then reconnect via RF cable (the video should be visible)

DUAL-VIEW DSTV DECODERS
(this is for a normal installation where TV1 is connected through RCA and TV2 through RF cable):

  1. Press menu on the RCU (TV1 environment)
  2. Press 6 for advanced options
  3. Press 4 for TV installation
  4. Enter PN 9949
  5. Press 2 for TV Installation for TV2
  6. Press 3 for UHF Tuning for TV2
  7. Press the right arrow to change it to 52
  8. Go to TV2 environment and tune it for the test pattern (rainbow colours)
  9. Go back to TV1 and press OK on RCU to save the change.
    NB: If there is still interference on channel 52 try 53 and 54.

    SD PVR DECODERS
    (this is for a normal installation where TV1 is connected through RCA and TV2 through RF cable)

  1. Press menu on the RCU (TV1 environment)
  2. Press 6 for advanced options
  3. Press 4 for TV installation
  4. Enter PN 9949
  5. Press 4 for TV Installation for TV2
  6. Press 2 for UHF Tuning
  7. Press the right arrow to change it to 52
  8. Go to TV2 environment and tune it for the test pattern (rainbow colours)
  9. Go back to TV1 and press OK on RCU to save the change.
    NB: To tune the TV1 UHF channel for the TV2 environment follow the same procedure above, except that for step 6, press 3 for TV Installation for TV1. Also the test pattern for the TV1 UHF tuning will be the black screen with two vertical white lines and uhf channel in the centre. If there is still interference on channel 52 try 53 and 54.

HD PVR DECODERS

  1. Press Menu on RCU.
  2. Press Advanced options.
  3. Press PIN 9949.
  4. Press Equipment.
  5. Go to UHF Tuning.
  6. Press the White button on RCU.
  7. Change Unit frequency to 52.
  8. Press OK on RCU to save settings.
  9. Press Exit until back to picture.
  10. If there is still interference, repeat steps 6 and 7 and choose a different frequency.

If you still need help, please phone us at 012 664 5223

 

Advice on buying products:
 
  1. We recommend that you buy a well known brand, like LG, Samsung or Panasonic.
  2. If you want to buy products that will last longer, don't buy "gray" products, rather spend the extra cash on good quality brand names from reputable suppliers.
  3. Get your MultiChoice DSTV satellite dish installation done by a MultiChoice accredited DSTV installer who will honor his guarantee.
  4. We are up to date on the latest high definition TV technology and will gladly explain the advantages of HD PVR decoders and Multichoice Xtra view DSTV decoders and HDMI High Definition extra TV points.

 

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