How to Set Up a Vizio TV

By Jackie Lohrey

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver (optional)

  • Wall-mount hardware (optional)

  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables with RCA connector ends

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Vizio is one of the most popular brands of both LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and Plasma HDTV. Quality construction and a wide variety of models to choose from contribute to the good reputation that Vizio enjoys. Both table and wall-mount Vizio setups are easy to accomplish and do not require hiring a professional technician to install them.

Instructions

Decide on placement. Choose whether to use a table or wall mount setup. For a table mount setup, place the television on a flat surface. Leave enough space between the TV and the wall to allow for proper ventilation. Attach one end of the safety strap supplied with your TV to the wall and the other end to the back of the TV to secure.

For wall mounting, remove the stand base. Place the TV facedown on a flat surface and remove the eight screws holding the base in place. You will need to purchase and install the wall mount according to instructions that come with your hardware. Secure the TV to the wall mount using the four wall mount holes in the back of the TV.

Connect auxiliary equipment. You can connect a wide variety of equipment to your Vizio TV. Common connections include a set-top cable box and a DVD player.

To connect a set-top cable box, first make sure to turn off the power to both the TV and set-top box. Connect an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable to the HDMI output jack on the set-top box, and the other end of the cable to the HDMI1 input jack on the back of the TV. To watch TV, select the HDMI1 button on the side of the TV, or press the HDMI1 button on your remote.

To connect using cable service without a box, first turn off the power to your television. Connect the coaxial cable connector from your cable to the DTV/TV/CABLE/ANTENNAE input jack at the back of your TV. Then turn the TV back on. To watch TV, select the INPUT button on the side of the TV, or press the TV button on your remote.

The best option for connecting a DVD player to your television is to use the HDMI input jack. Use HDMI1 if it is not already in use. If it is, use HDMI2 or HDMI3. To connect, first make sure to turn off the power to both the TV and DVD player. Connect an HDMI cable to the HDMI output jack on the set-top box and the other end of the cable to the HDMI1 input jack on the back of the TV. To view DVD media, select the HDMI1 button on the side of the TV, or press the HDMI1 button on your remote.

Set Up To Watch Television.

LCD Setup Press the ON button on the side of the TV or use the remote to access the initial setup screen. Press MENU on the remote control, select the default language and press MENU again. Select the energy-saving HOME mode on the next screen, and if you are using a set-top cable or satellite box with your TV, press the LAST button on the remote. Otherwise, press MENU to proceed to the Tuner screen. Use your remote to select the CABLE option if you are using cable service without a box. Then press MENU twice to start an available channel search that your remote will store in its memory. When finished, your TV will display the COMPLETE screen to let you know that setup is complete. Press MENU to exit and start watching TV.

Plasma Setup Press the ON button on the side of the TV or use the remote to access the initial setup screen. Press the RIGHT arrow button on the remote control, select the default language and press the RIGHT arrow button again. If you are using a set-top cable or satellite box with your TV, press the LAST button on the remote. Otherwise, press the RIGHT arrow button to proceed to the Tuner screen. Use the DOWN arrow button to select the CABLE option if you are using cable service without a box, then press the RIGHT arrow button twice to start an available channel search that your remote will store in its memory. When finished, your TV will display the COMPLETE screen to let you know setup is complete. Press the RIGHT arrow button to exit and start watching TV.

Tips

Use microfiber cloth to clean the screen on your TV to avoid scratches.

Warnings

Use only a grounded power outlet to plug in your television. Do not attempt to repair a non-working Vizio TV. Doing so will not only void your warranty, but may also expose you to high voltage and electric shock hazards.

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