How to Program an Old Sony Trinitron TV

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How to Program an Old Sony Trinitron TV
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Sony Trinitron televisions are dated, but they can still work well and connect to your cable. Programming these color televisions is dependent on completing a few steps to get everything plugged in properly and programmed to the remote.


While the old Sony TVs are relatively simple to operate, they are often fussy and require everything to be done correctly during the setup to function smoothly. During the programming process, you can customize the video and audio settings with timers, favorite channels and other preferences.


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Position the Television First

Before you jump to the setup and programming aspects of the television, consider its positioning, a subject that is covered in the manual because these models generate a fair amount of heat.


Overheating can melt wires and damage the circuitry, causing serious damage. Position the TV on an elevated base with plenty of space for airflow. Dusting and hitting the fan vents with a vacuum hose on occasion is a good idea to reduce dust buildup around the vents.

Outside of allowing airflow and preventing direct contact with any unprotected circuits, moisture or anything dangerous, positioning the TV is entirely subjective. You want a good viewing angle from the position you choose, but otherwise, the options are flexible for the Trinitron TV.


Make the Correct Connections

All modern televisions must have snug connections to power, cable, audio and any other relevant connections, but these older models seem especially sensitive. Plugging the TV directly into a wall outlet ensures a good delivery of current, and snugging the cords prevents static, which is not uncommon when a cord is even slightly loose on older television sets.


The Trinitron model televisions work well with a VHS system. Although VHS is no longer relevant unless you held on to relic tapes, connecting an antenna to the VHS with a coaxial cable and then connecting another cable between the VHS video output and TV input can improve picture quality.


Connect a cable box or satellite receiver video output to the television input with a coaxial cable. The audio jacks are standard, and you can opt to connect an external speaker system or run off the internal speakers.

Automatic Programming Process

Fortunately, this model has an automatic programming option that completes the setup process in short order. To start this process, press the Power button to start the television. Press the right arrow on the TV or remote to go to the setup menu.


Press the down button to navigate the setup menu. Scroll to options and then press the right arrow to view the options menu. Press down until you reach Cable and select the option by pressing OK on your remote or tv.

Now press the up arrow until you reach ON and select this option. Scroll down to highlight and select the Auto Program option. When the television is not programmed, it defaults to the setup screen. You cannot watch TV until the setup process is complete. The auto setup is the easiest and most effective way to get the TV up and running with your cable or satellite connection.


Post Programming Controls

After the television runs through the auto programming process, you can customize some of the controls through quick change screens. Essentially, you are setting up the resolution, audio preferences and some of your favorites to manage your daily viewing.


The video edit screen offers settings for Mode and VM. A Vivid setting for the mode and a high VM deliver the best picture quality.

The audio management screen is where you adjust the bass, treble and balance. If you use the television speakers, adjust to fit your personal needs. If your speaker system is external, leave the default settings intact. You want to adjust the sound settings on your speaker system directly. This adjusts the speakers in use rather than the television speakers, which should be at zero volume.


The channel setup screen is next. Here, you to select a favorite as the default. You can also do a Channel Fix, Channel Add or Channel Label. These are all uncommon settings, and most users skip them and move on to the next settings screen.

The parental control screen is where you can set up passwords for specific program ratings. Password protecting some ratings restricts viewing of sensitive content. The feature is most often used to restrict certain viewing in a home with children. For example, you can restrict R-rated content and require a password to view it.

Timers and Other Settings

A few other basic setting options are available for adjustments. Many viewers leave these on the default settings, but they can be useful. The timer settings offer an option to turn the television on and off automatically.

Two timer settings exist. Place a specific time in each one, and the TV will power on or off without any help. You can set a nightly timer to shut off the television automatically at a certain time. You can also set a timer to turn it on at the time of a specific program or in the morning, like an alarm clock.

Set the current time on this menu and choose to activate or disable the daylight savings settings. If daylight savings time is On, the TV automatically compensates for the time change. If not, it does not change the time. People living in a state such as Arizona, where there is no time change, leave the setting in the Off position.

The final menu is for closed captioning and the television language. English is the default language, but you can change this option. You also have the option to activate closed captions or turn them off completely. Anyone with hearing problems should activate the closed captions to display the dialog.

Using the Remote

While you can control basic aspects of sound and channel changing from the TV controls, using the remote makes things much easier and more efficient. Maneuvering through menu settings on the television controls is clunky and time-consuming.

While you can program a new remote to work with this model, the original remote has the same basic functions, and it works just fine. It does not have the modern controls for streaming services and digital tasks, but everything else is pretty much the same.

The power button turns on the television, the menu button allows for adjustments to the control screens, and the function button controls the VCR, audio system and other connected devices.

You can mute, cycle through different input options for use with a camcorder, adjust the display, and access the television guide to scroll through channels. Ultimately, you can use shortcuts on the remote control to make adjustments and access menus without a long sequence of up and down button navigation on the physical television. You can also conveniently control everything from across the room.