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What is wrong with my TV, Quick before i dump it

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lucyellensmum Sat 12-Jul-08 13:18:22

Ok, for ages now my TV has been switching itself off if you try and introduce things like video games or put the dvd player on. This has graduated to randon off switching. Then it would not come on when you first put it on, it would come on with blank screen and a number in the corner, stay like that a few minutes and turn itself off. If you messed with it enough it might go back on. Now you have to leave it hours before it will switch itself back on and it really depends what sort of mood it is in.

This has meant whole days without TV, i don't mind as im on the computor in the evenings, but DP likes the telly. I also use it as a babysitter when doing housework.

So, we have had enough - its going. Our ILs have very kindly offered us their telly, its relatively new flat screener so pretty chuffed about that.

But it is just playing on my mind that it might be something trivial with our telly. I dont want to pay out to have it looked at but im loathe to put a £1500 four year old telly in the bin hmm

StealthPolarBear Sat 12-Jul-08 13:23:46

give it to someone like my DH who would fiddle around and try to fix it?
might it be a signal problem? Have you tried another tv in the same room?

ivykaty44 Sat 12-Jul-08 13:32:01

I have just had the same type of thing with our tv. It kept switching itself off after 10 mins.

I took it to the tip and we said goodbye and gave a wave. It was my parents 3rd ever tv and was over 25 years old - not 4 years old sad how annoying

I have another tv in the dinning room.

charliecat Sat 12-Jul-08 13:34:57

offer it on freecycle, explain what the issue is, im sure someone wouldnt mind fiddling with it. Thats if your gonna tip it.

lucyellensmum Sat 12-Jul-08 13:35:36

No i haven't stealth, but it doesn;t seem to be a signal problem, maybe a problem with the switch? but electrical rather than a loose wire. My DP is a bit of a fiddler but i dont think he would have a clue re the tv. Probably electrocute himself. Although he did fix the boiler last week. Oh, and put a new RCD on our electric supply, but thats ok isnt it, cos he is a carpenter after all hmm

lucyellensmum Sat 12-Jul-08 13:36:30

charlie, i have tried getting onto freecycle but i can never find the website, always get directed to stuff like ebay and amazon

charliecat Sat 12-Jul-08 13:37:55

lucyellensmum Sat 12-Jul-08 13:44:11

ah, that'l be it, i was doing thanks

Greyriverside Sat 12-Jul-08 15:20:22

Just before you get rid of it does it have elaborate software and is there a factory reset or update software option.

Also scart leads from other things can mess with it so try it with nothing else connected except a normal aerial cable

lucyellensmum Sat 12-Jul-08 15:35:17

grey, im not sure about the software and i certainly can't imagine it being that complicated. Trouble is i have lost the remote control, but maybe when its working, i could try a reset, just have to figure out how to do it - thanks

We have tried with nothing plugged in, however these things only seem to have occured since getting digital boxes, had two of the feckers, first went tits up.

lucyellensmum Sat 12-Jul-08 15:37:15

i havent lost the remote control at all, although it would appear my marbles are definately missing. I have lost the manual is what i meant to say

Greyriverside Sat 12-Jul-08 18:44:39

Well it's probably nothing to do with that then. It's just the most modern ones that autodownload software and have crashes like computers. This is progress!

SaintGeorge Sat 12-Jul-08 19:15:47

What make and model is it?

Lots of manuals available online.

Failing that I would try to find a repair shop before getting rid of a £1500 TV. Some places offer free assessments and quotes so you can make a decision once you know the problem/cost.

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