2GB Set Top Box Problems
Spoke to Jimmy Gulaboski, the National Service & Logistics Manager for Topfield, who produce the digital set top boxes and PVRs that are intrinsic to digital television.
The set-top box industry is really taking off, and Jimmy says some of the common problems people are: 1) the break up of the picture, and 2) when customers are trying to connect composite and HDMI cables - and they do not choose the correct resolution - the picture will not show up on the screen.
If you scan in the channels and they start pixelated, Jimmy says you really have to start looking at your antenna and get a qualified technician to have a look at it. Under analogue the signal strength could be anywhere between 1 or 100 percent and you might get a picture. Under digital the strength has to be at least 50-90 percent or it will drop of a cliff and you will have no picture.
Also, Luke said he was getting interference via a hedge trimmer, which Jimmy said is usually due to the antenna, or a spike or interference in the power lines. He recommends that people get a really good quad shield antenna, which should get rid of all those problems.
Also had a query from a listener about how to convert old cassette tapes into digital files. Here is the website I told her to check out: www.cassettetousb.com.
About Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is one of Australia's foremost commentators on consumer lifestyle technology. He publishes, produces and hosts CyberShack, is Channel 9's technology expert, and hosts Life & Technology and 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.
Charlie is able to communicate, educate and inspire a huge audience, without confusing technological jargon.
Life & Technology is on the air Sunday mornings at 10am on 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.