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Great War Ace19 Nov 2016 7:07 a.m. PST

I arrived home last night to see my wife waking up on the round (TV watching) couch in the livingroom.

"Hello, Love. I couldn't get the sound to come on. I tried and tried. I went up and down all the options in all the lists I could find. Nothing worked."

"Did you try turning everything off and waiting for a minute?" I asked.

"No. I didn't think of that."

"Remember a couple of weeks ago, how I was fuming at the stupid system, because I couldn't get the sound to come on. And Conrad said that you can get it to come back on if you just turn the receiver off and wait a minute."

I demonstrated. And got NOTHING!? WTH!!! I immediately went into fuming venting mode. She nearly left the room. But was caught by wanting to know what would happen next. I was trying things.

Ejected the movie. Put in a CD. Nothing. Looked in vain for my "Sur. Decode" options amongst the Yamaha sound programs. That took over my angst; the "no sound at all" shifted away for the moment: because I had a difficult enough time working out the hand control and displayed options in the beginning, I didn't need to NOT see what I had learned to expect.

"I just want to smash up the whole stupid mess," I muttered, more than half serious. My whole body was twitching at the delicious thought, the imagery conjured up by fetching my bec de corbin and going to work on everything electronic (and the collateral damage of the furnishings).

"Please don't," my wife said quietly, offering the programmed response to my emotional rhetoric. It's an old exchange that we have.

Finally I turned everything off, aaagain. Except the TV; that was my on-screen information source. I brought up the DVD home screen.

"I never saw that," she said.

"You're sure? That's the first thing to come up when you turn on the DVD player." She was sure.

I tried the radio. Voila! Sound.

And everything was fine now. "Sur. Decode" was right there where it belongs. I selected "Dolby PLII Movie". We put in the movie and finished it.

Why, why, why, do electronics these days crap out so often, and in inconsistent ways? This never happened in my father's time…………………..

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2016 8:46 a.m. PST

An evil plot fomented by, among others, Lee de Forest and
probably the result of one of the lawsuits in which he was

Other than that, beats the heck outta me…

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Nov 2016 9:32 a.m. PST


Winston Smith19 Nov 2016 9:58 a.m. PST

It's a plot to make you subservient to the Masters, for when they start pushing electronics that work all the time.

skippy000119 Nov 2016 3:45 p.m. PST

I still remember waiting for the tubes to warm up…….

Great War Ace20 Nov 2016 10:46 a.m. PST

I remember looking through the grill in the back of my cousins' TV (we didn't have a TV till I was 16), at the array of tubes, which to my imagination looked like a model scifi city all lit up. At this point, I think I'd take tubes over this crapola that is on again off again whenever………………

Micman Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2016 8:50 p.m. PST

Funny I had a similar issue with the receiver for the satellite today. Since I couldn't get it to power on, I unplugged it. Then waited while it rebooted. Good thing my wife said to turn on the set so she could watch the pre game show. Else we would have missed the kickoff.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2016 1:16 p.m. PST

Bad electrons, which must be purged. That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it.

StarfuryXL525 Nov 2016 5:43 p.m. PST


Maybe if we turn off TMP and turn it on again it will reboot into TMP 4.0. grin

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