Monday was a wild weather day ’round these parts. One strong storm followed another all day long. And each storm was accompanied by window-rattling thunder and very close and super scary lightning strikes. Several times during the day the lightning knocked out my power for a few seconds – after which I had to reset the time on my range, microwave and boom box. Times like that I am glad that my TV’s and computer have surge protectors.
This morning I discovered that my surge protectors were not totally effective on Monday. The TV in my bedroom which I don’t turn on very often insisted that it wasn’t receiving a signal even though the cable box was on. The first thing I did was to follow the cable company advice – unplug the cable box and after 10 seconds replug it. That actually works half the time. This time it didn’t.
I checked all the connections – no problem. I changed the input to the TV to my DVD-VCR player and started a DVD, which the TV played fine. I switched to antenna input and was able to receive local TV signals. I even tried the other three HDMI inputs to no avail. So I made the assumption that the cable box had been damaged during the storm, despite the protection of the surge protector.
Actually, there were other possibilities which I didn’t consider at the time – the lightning could have affected the HDMI cable or the television set’s HDMI input capability.
Off I went to Comcast Cable’s local office and exchanged my cable box for a new one. Naturally, the cable box was not the problem. Comcast was able to activate and set up the cable box over phone lines. I was left then with either a defective HDMI cable or TV.
I then went to a nearby Comp USA store and bought a new HDMI cable – cost me a whole $13.73! That didn’t work. I had to face the fact that my TV could no longer recognize a signal at any of its HDMI ports.
So I bought a new TV this afternoon which is nice enough to accept the cable signal. The defective TV will now live out its days in a guest bedroom . It can still receive about 50 over the air local channels, and will play DVDs and Video Tapes, so I can’t justify tossing it out in the trash.
Monday’s ‘bolt out of the blue’ turned out to an expensive one! 😥