DCT2244 General Instruments / Motorola Box -
23rd July 2004, 07:20 AM
I have a question. I picked up a digital cable box at a garage sale. It is a General Instruments DCT2244.
My question is how do I even test it? I plug it into the power and it turns on, lights and channels will flip when I press up or down. BUT I hooked the box up to a tv, set it to channel 3, and all I get is black / blank screen. No matter if I change the channel, or press the menu button on the unit, guide button, or info button. It powers up because I go from a static screen when the unit is unplugged to black screen. But thats it. Is that all its suppose to do?
2nd. I have basic cable, and internet over cable modem. Would it be wise to plug the box into my cable line to test it? I fear this since would the cable company be able to detect the box then? Is it even legal to own a box?
Also are these boxes worth anything? I dont have a remote, and honestly I loosely follow the digital cable threads once in a blue moon. I gather the only thing available is a digital filter to block out going ppv purchase from being sent to cable company. Anyhow though, is this box anything spectacular I guess or just your run of the mill digital box.
Id really love to hear from someone on their input.
Thanks alot in advance.