So I've spent sometime talking to customer services as we've got no audio from our talktalk TV box which is the box they supplied. Now because they can't find a problem over the computer they charge us £40 for an engineer to visit.
How can they justify charging their paying customers for their faulty equipment?
We are seriously thinking about leaving talktalk as they are in breach of their own contract. For they are not supplying the service we signed up too.
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The TV Box may be faulty and of course if it is the BrightSparks engineer will replace it without any charge.
But let's see if there's an answer. Has the TV Box previously had sound? And the sound volume isn't muted or turned down to zero? Mute and volume on the remote control.
There is a compatibility thing on the HDMI socket connection used to connect the TV Box to the TV. If the TV is set for Ultra High Definition (UHD) Colour then there'll be no sound. The TV's HDMI socket used for the TV Box must be set for Normal or UHD off to be compatible with the TV Box.
What make and model TV is it?
We own a Panasonic TV, but we can't tell you the model as it's fixed to the wall, and can't look at the back.
Everything was working fine yesterday morning. I have returned home from work yesterday to find no audio coming from the talktalk box. No settings have been changed since it was working!
I've spoken to talktalk customer service via online chat, and been though resetting the box and several other settings with them. They have booked an engineer to visit us. But we have been advised that this will entail a £40 fee.
We are very upset to have to pay for an engineer to visit and repair faulty equipment that was supplied by the supplier as part of a package we are already paying for. It is surely down to talktalk to provide working equipment, and maintain a working service. Otherwise they are breaching their own contract for not supplying a service we are still paying for.
It does sound like (sorry) a fault. Is it possible to remove and reinsert both ends of the HDMI cable and having tested that to then try swapping out the HDMI cable and to try the HDMI cable in another HDMI input port/socket on the TV that you know is working?
Really just trying to make sure as far as possible that you're not going to get charged for a TV sound fault or cable fault. But as I said before, if the TV Box is faulty it'll be swapped out at no charge.
If multiple HDMI inputs are in use then try swapping the TV Box to an HDMI input port/socket that you know is working and the other one to the current TV Box HDMI input port/socket to see if that fails to work.
And if in any doubt about the TV HDMI settings on the Panasonic TV models there is usually a Mode setting: