How to Reset a Digital Converter Box

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Occasionally, your digital converter box will stop working correctly because of a power outage, weather or a power surge. You can easily reset it within a few minutes with these simple steps.

Step 1 - Unplug

Turn off the television and unplug your converter box. If it is very tight, gently loosen it with pliers. If your connection is in a dark area, use a flashlight to see that you are unplugging the correct cable. Leave the converter box unplugged for approximately 15 seconds and plug it back in.

Step 2 - Cycle

The box should be resetting itself at this point. Turn your television back on. You will see patterned lines on the screen as it resets. This can take a little time, so be patient. Allow it several minutes to complete the cycle. After it completes the cycle you will need to check to be sure everything is working.

Step 3 - Check

To check that everything is restored, run through the channels to be sure all of your programmings are working. If you have a channel guide, check this too. At times, this takes longer to come up, so do give it up to half an hour to reset. Next, check your programmable display information, such as the time. Most times this needs to be input again after a reset.