I have a very odd problem for you to think about.
I have a customer with a LG vcr model FC920W.
4 out of 5 tv channels tuned by the vcr have perfect sound and picture.
But WIN television (UHF 35) has no sound at all, not even noise.
The tv has no problem with any channel.
I brought the vcr home to test, and it works perfectly here.
There was no problem with their previous vcr.
Thanks for the replies Bryan and Ken.
Both your suggestions have been checked with no luck.
No changes to the options or tuning has been done from when it was at
the customers house, but it works fine here.
Is it possible there is some kind of local interference that could kill
the sound only on one channel?
If the TV works on that channel it's not interference. Maybe it's
overloaded - does it have a Local/DX or other attenuator switch? (Usually
next to the aerial connector, but maybe via the menus). Was it connected to
the TV via AV cables or antenna cable?
Yes I think interference is unlikely too ,when the tv is o.k.
But, I am running out of any other ideas.
The vcr has no Local/DX switch, and there is nothing in the menus.
I don't think it should be overloaded, the tv signals are fairly weak
in the area.
The owner lives about 60Km further from the transmitters than I do, and
the vcr has no trouble here.
The vcr was connected to the tv with an antenna cable, I tried an av
lead, but it made no difference.
When I return to the owner, I think I will try a new masthead amplifier
of a different type.
** Looks to me like the FM discriminator IC has decided to mute that
channel due to a weakish signal level.
If you have an in-line RF attenuator - you can see if the other chs do the
same with the signal weakened deliberately.
The only cures would be to adjust the mute setting , mod the circuit or
replace the relevant IC.
When I first read your reply Phil, I thought you might be onto
But i'm not sure now.
I just tried an attenuator on the ant. in socket on the vcr here at the
I started with 12dB and increased to 50dB.
The picture was very snowy at 50dB, but I still had sound.
Just a thought, your friend doesn't also feed Austar (or a game box or some
such) in via RF? I can't see any other form of interference wiping out the
sound. Maybe an AV sender or game, etc in another room over there...? If you
are heading back to try it out, I'd suggest you take another VCR which you
know works at your place. Set up with the same channels and output on the
same RF channel. Maybe change the output channel when there. By the way,
what channel is it outputting on?