I have had a Toshiba 24AF43 for a few years. On occasion I have a black rectangle appear on the bottom half of the screen. I happens mainly on CBS and ESPN but can happen on other channels. I can make it disappear by clicking the volume up or down. But it is only gone for about 15 seconds. And it does not happen all the time. Just when I really want to watch something. I don't think it is my cable because I have other TV's and it is not happening on them. Can you tell me what is causing this and can it be fixed?
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Re: Black Rectangle appears on bottom half of screen
Go into your setup menu and turn off closed captioning. The box is there for some channels even though no text is being sent. If you need to keep the closed captioning, try selecting a different mode for it.
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go into your menu and find closed caption, someone has accidently set the closed caption mode to text, when the on screen display of channel or volume goes away the box appears. turn off the closed caption feature or switch it to something other than "text" mode, and your box will go away.
My mother-in-law had this problem on a Quasar for two years before she finally mentioned it. The rectangle is a text box for closed captioning or for a demonstation list of features, but without the text. I restored the factory presets and poof... problem solved.
Look in the manual and find how to restore the factory settings - it will probably be some weird combination of buttons that you would never guess. On her set, which has a built-in VCR, it was simultaneously pressing "play" and "FF" (on the set, not the remote) for five seconds until the set powered down. Yours will probably be something different but equally odd. That should get rid of the black rectangle. Then you go through the initial setup and you're back in business.