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Help setting up Roku with older analog tv.

Started 1322523347.67 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1322601915.44 by tammarra

I am trying to set up my original Roku (I also ordered the Roku 2XD) on a 20 yr old analog tv. I don't have the original remote, and once had trouble setting up a VCR player because of that. I can't get the Roku to come up on the screen. Does the Roku home screen appear automatically or do you have to push a key on your remote. I've tried hitting the "cable" key, but get nothing. I also don't know if it's a router issue. My apple Airport router is in the front of the house, and the older tv in the back, separated by periodic cement block walls. Any help would be appreciated as I'm not very tech savy! Thanks.

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ok4ablonde21322524710.628837 PostsRegistered 3/9/2009Midwest

It could be both. Wireless signals don't go very well thru cement block walls. Does your tv have the red/white/yellow connectors? If it does, then there should be a video button on your tv's remote, i.e., video 1, video 2, video 3, etc. I know your tv being that old would not have a connector for hdmi.

"We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland

PaLady11322525440.19313 PostsRegistered 11/28/2011

Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, tv has the red/white/yellow connectors and that's what I've got plugged in. I'll try the VCR button on my remote, but that's the same issue I had with the one VCR I tried to set up, so that could be the main problem. Lots of cement walls, though, so as you say it could be that. It sounds like if I use the "VCR" button on my remote, the roku home screen should appear, if all is working right. Am I correct? It probably sounds like (sadly) I need a new tv! Prices should come down even further in the next couple of months, so I'll probably wait on that. Thanks again.

ok4ablonde21322525791.1338837 PostsRegistered 3/9/2009Midwest

It's the tv/video button on my remote. I also have an analog tv hooked to this, but mine is only 9 years old. I don't think your vcr button is the correct button. Do you have a tv/video input button on the front of your tv?

"We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland

Maizie1322525944.19120 PostsRegistered 8/4/2007

If the VCR button doesn't work, many analog TV's allow auxiliary access through switching to one of the lower channels. On mine it was channel 3.

tammarra1322601915.44143 PostsRegistered 9/9/2011

Does your TV have a menu button you can use to get to the AUX?

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