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janed

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My 36" TV model F36649 purchased in 11/2002 has started displaying the menu and guide any time it wants to. The sound comes and goes. The remote doesn't help. The buttons on front of TV work different options that what you select. For example, the chanel up button turns the tv on, the menu button will bring up the tv guide. I can't make the guide go away long enough to change the channel. If the guide does go away, when you touch any button, it comes back or the menu comes on and mutes the sound. It is very frustrating. Before taking to service center, does anybody know of a fix at home? Is there a solution?
Thanks

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July 14, 2005 4:30 PM

That is a really weird issue. Either it has totally gone cooky, or the TV has a factory demo mode that got enabled. Check your TVs manual to see if this is the case.

July 31, 2005 12:25 PM

Rca 35" Home theater Tv has sound, but displays a
dull line vertically down the center of screen.
Before I call a repair man, does anyone have
any suggestions on what to check.
I don't have a high voltage probe, but I guues
I should get one and start there, but if it looks
like something simple to anyone, I would apreciate the input.
Thankyou

Grant

August 13, 2005 12:16 AM

I have about the same problem with my RCA 36 inch model F36668. I can switch on the TV by the remote control or by pressing the On button on the TV but when I try to change the channel or touch any of the buttons on the remote control or on the TV, the screen goes blank.
Then to get the picture back I have to press the On/Off switch on the remote or on the TV again (sometimes twice or three times) and the picture comes back on the same channel that I was on or if I had pressed the channel forward buton - before the screen went blank - then picture will come on the next channel. The picture is perfect otherwise. This means (I assume) the remote is activating the TV but something else is causing the screen to go blank everytime I try to change the channel or try to increase/decrease the volume or for that matter anytime I press any button. Is there any relay inside the TV that can cause this or is the IR sensor on the TV bad? I tried using a different universal remote control but have the same problem and so I am assuming it is not the remote. Is there any kind of a lock on the TV and if so, how do I reset to the original setting. Is there any 800 number where we can ask RCA for tech help?
Would appreciate if someone could help.
Renny

September 18, 2005 12:55 AM

I have a RCA tv not sure the model but the channels keep changing (going up). Nothing ive tried will fix it. Nothing happened to it, it was fine and we was watching tv then we shut it off for a little while came back and it wouldnt come on. when it did come on all it did was change channels. any suggestions?

September 18, 2005 5:24 PM

Well, I gave up on my TV fixing itself. We loaded it into the truck today and it will go to the shop tomorrow. I will let ya'll know what they say the problem was and the cost. Of course, when I turned it on today, it worked pefectly. It is definitely an intermitten problem, so may take them awhile to locate the problem. Later.

September 20, 2005 11:19 PM

I hate to break it to you guys, but RCA Sets have a VERY common history of Microprocessor related problems. First it was the "T.O.B." or "tuner on board" problems that were related to breaks in the data ground structure, that also happened to be the tuner shield. Despite phasing out this in most of their later models (quite possibly due to the class action suit), I'm still seeing sets with bad designs, and bad processors. And since the processor controls all the functions, as well as the adjustment parameters, anything is possible when these develop "electronic alzhiemers". In many of these cases the microprocessor must be replaced, along with the EEPROM memory chip. Most have an upgrade/modification kit that includes componets that must be changed or added to solve this problem. Score another strike or Thompson!

Answers Post September 22, 2005 6:52 AM

My tv is back home and working great, again. The tech said some of the controls were bleeding over....whatever that means. He changed 5 switches for 3.25 each and charged a total of 116.99 to fix the tv. That is cheaper than buying a new tv, since I have only had this one less than 3 years and it probably has an on time of less than one a year old.

October 21, 2005 9:42 PM

- RCA ColorTrak Plus-27"-No channels below 51' I woke up from a nap yesterday and found that I could no longer get channel "line in thru 50". When I went into the set up menue I tried auto and manule programing, they all seem to be "enabled". It seems like it must be a hard ware problem to me. Anyone have any suggestions. Thanks Martian

November 15, 2005 9:47 AM

RCA Entertainment Series Model#F25649, size don't matter. I was out rootin, and there it was. Thought to myself, check out that sweet T.V. So i grabbed the dam thing, why not? Get it home, wipe it down, it's looking better as we go. Well, brothers and sisters how many times have we heard that old saying? It don't matter how looks on the outside, it's what's on the inside that counts. Plugged it in? Yep, shot down! The F*&&^$%#%&^*& thing won't turn on! Any ideas? Or should i just go for skit shooting? Peace ROZEE

November 25, 2005 2:52 PM

I have an RCA TV DVD VCR combo B27TF680 just over 3 yrs. old. The screen went black but I have sound. I have unplugged it for a day and plugged it back in to "reset" but nothing happened. If the picture tube went bad already does anyone know how much it costs to fix?

November 27, 2005 8:05 AM

I don't know what is wrong with your t.v., but I do know it is not the picture tube. When a picture tube goes out, it slowly gets darker and you can't adjust or if only one color gun goes out, the color will be off and you can't adjust. Labor cost is usually about 89.95 plus parts. If it is picked up, you have an extra charge. If they come to fix it in your home and can't (and they won't) there's a p/u charge. You should check out prices on a new one and then decide. Repair will be at least $150.00. Just my opinion here from past experience. Hope this helps.

November 27, 2005 5:47 PM

i have a 52 inch hdtv rca tv. not sure what model. when i hit the button it glows green u can hear it start up but then it shuts off. it does this 3 times then stops. only had the tv for about 2 weeks. but it was an open box item at best buy.

July 23, 2006 4:00 PM

I have just purchases and RCA 32" digital television, model number 32v434tyx5. Every time I turn it off for a long period of time, I have to press the down volume button on the television and the clear button on the remote at the same time for five to ten seconds to get it to turn back on. Does anyone know why this happens, and how can I get it to stop? I would like to simply turn my television back on by pressing the power button on the remote. Please help. I really don't want to pack it back up and bring it back to the store if it's an easy fix. I've read through the entire manual and it says nothing in there about why it does this or how to get it to stop doing this, but it does to pess these two buttons if you have a problem turning your television on. Thank you!!!!

July 23, 2006 4:30 PM

It sounds like the set has a reset problem with the brain or microprocessor in the tv set There is no easy fix that I know of,so if this set is new I would take it back ASAP, so you dont get stuck with a set thats new, and has a problem.  As it is new Im thinking maybe a firmware problem with the Micro?. Good Luck

"Those who do not know their opponent's arguments, do not completely understand their own".**For complete TV repair kits including parts goto www.TvRepairKits.com

July 23, 2006 5:22 PM

Matt Whitlock said: That is a really weird issue. Either it has totally gone cooky, or the TV has a factory demo mode that got enabled. Check your TVs manual to see if this is the case.

I took my tv into the shop about 9 mos. ago and the buttons on the front of the tv were replaced with no more problems. cost..........$105.00

July 23, 2006 5:51 PM

But janed this is a new set!  Yes there have been past problems on an RCA sets and most of the time the repair person resolders all the grounds around the OBT(On Board Tuner) and the sheilds and say they do something else as RCA say this should'nt cost over 50 to 75 bucks and is a way for the shop to pad the bill. Im not saying all shops do that as we never did but I,ve seen alot of bills and saw what was done to sets. Innocent

"Those who do not know their opponent's arguments, do not completely understand their own".**For complete TV repair kits including parts goto www.TvRepairKits.com

August 29, 2006 11:46 PM

  Larry Kelley I have a 2001 rca home theater premier with guide plus fifty two inch screen the chanels keep going up and down I have to unplug it to stop. can any body tell me what to do   thanks.

August 31, 2006 8:24 AM

so, what was the outcome? Mine just started doing the same thing last night. is it repairable or do i need to start looking for a new one? any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks dynahog

 

janed said: My 36" TV model F36649 purchased in 11/2002 has started displaying the menu and guide any time it wants to. The sound comes and goes. The remote doesn't help. The buttons on front of TV work different options that what you select. For example, the chanel up button turns the tv on, the menu button will bring up the tv guide. I can't make the guide go away long enough to change the channel. If the guide does go away, when you touch any button, it comes back or the menu comes on and mutes the sound. It is very frustrating. Before taking to service center, does anybody know of a fix at home? Is there a solution? Thanks

August 31, 2006 10:30 PM

dynahog said:
so, what was the outcome? Mine just started doing the same thing last night. is it repairable or do i need to start looking for a new one? any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks dynahog   janed said: My 36" TV model F36649 purchased in 11/2002 has started displaying the menu and guide any time it wants to. The sound comes and goes. The remote doesn't help. The buttons on front of TV work different options that what you select. For example, the chanel up button turns the tv on, the menu button will bring up the tv guide. I can't make the guide go away long enough to change the channel. If the guide does go away, when you touch any button, it comes back or the menu comes on and mutes the sound. It is very frustrating. Before taking to service center, does anybody know of a fix at home? Is there a solution? Thanks

Dynahog,

I had to take into the shop. The buttons on the front were replaced. Labor and parts were about $105.00. I never used the buttons, only the remote, so I guess the sensors on them.....technical suff, but has worked fine for 9 mos.

Janed

September 8, 2006 1:32 PM

i have a 52 inch rear projection hdtv and it gets a greenish hue on the right edge of the screen occasionally and i wonder what could be causing it. it happens on different inputs and channels. could it be caused by other equipment too close or something else?

September 8, 2006 10:18 PM

I have a older 52" projection . The sound disapeers except for a static sound. If I unplug it then plug it back in it works fine again. Sometimes it works all day and sometimes only for 10 to 15 minutes. Any help would be welcome.

September 9, 2006 6:06 PM

I have a rca projection tv model p56720lv that the picture went out in.  For a few days it would come in and out and then suddenly went out and won't come back.  Does anyone know if this is the picture tube.  It is a projection and none of the lights will go on and the tubes don't light up.  I have power and static sound but nothing else.  Before it went out it had a humming sound coming from the left back side.  I have had to have the board sautered before.  Could this be the same problem or a new one.  Help

September 9, 2006 7:10 PM

I have a RCA home theater late 1990s 60 inch. I have had some work done a few years ago and it worked great but now I am having a problem where the menu pops up for no reason the set will then not respond to the remote or front panel controls. It would not turn off so I pulled the plug And now it will not turn back on. I have had some minor work just done to the set it cost $100, the tech said he had to retrace some of the lines on a circuit board but, it worked for them, I brought it home and it worked for an hour and the problem came back. I am wondering does anyone think it may be the microprocessor and how much that would cost. Any help would be appreciated.

William Lander

September 9, 2006 8:38 PM

Larry Kelley       It was the buttons on front of my tv.        thank you.

September 9, 2006 9:44 PM

Yes Larry Kelly, alot of problems do come back to the switches that control the volume up and down and as well as the channels, but with the knowlege I have collected through out the years of TV and wide screen repairs, I have to say, Not all that seems likly is the problem?  No not with a bunch of differant things that I have seen in the past few years alone!!  I have seen problems such as this to be the remote sensor assy, also in maggy sets as well as Sylvania sets, to be a bad painter IC they call it (we techs call it a Microprocessor IC).  Also  Many repeated bad solder connections, and  the repeated falure of the regulator IC.  I wish i could guess on many of these repairs but Im sorry as the best I can do is guess for you, so you may have a standing stone on what a tech may tell you.  Im hoping that this will awaken most to ask whats happining with there repairs.  good Luck,  and Oh report back to us please on what you had done or had to do to ghet your set repaired.

"Those who do not know their opponent's arguments, do not completely understand their own".**For complete TV repair kits including parts goto www.TvRepairKits.com

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