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Ghost switch We have an old GE television (purchased in 1996) that works very well, but has suddenly developed the bad habit of turning itself on every evening about the same time. We had satellite TV hooked up to it, and after the installer left, the TV had this bad habit. I wouldn't be quite so bad if it was still on station, but for whatever reason, when it turns itself on, it also disconnects from the signal and we have to push "TV input" on the remote. I'm assuming there's some kind of timer that's built inside, but I don't have a clue as to how to access it. I've looked at the menu and there's asleep timer on it, but it's turned down as low as possible and it still does this. Is there a simple fix or do I need to have it either exorcised or euthanized?

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Hello!
Your tv has bad solder connections at the tuner and microprocessor or you have a bad eeprom IC...or both. The eeprom IC is to the tv what ram is to your computer...memory. The tuner's RF shield\ground connections and the microprocessor's RF shield connections must be soldered. If the solder job at the tuner/micro has already been done then replace the units eeprom IC and your set will work.
Sounds like not an easy fix ,huh? It's actually very easy if you have any experience soldering. I did about 5 a week for 8 years or so. Every RCA\GE tv made between 1992 and 1996 needed to have their tuners and micro's shielding\grounds re-soldered. There was a class action lawsuit brought against RCA for this.
If your unit made it this long without having this repair done it's amazing...the problem was cracks would appear in the solder ( cheap solder ).
If your unit has had this service done...most had to be carried out when the sets were only 2 to 4 years old... then your sattelite technician recreated the problem just by unscrewing\screwing in the input cable to your set. He broke loose the solder connections again.
If your unit has good solder on the tuner and micro then replacing the eeprom IC will get your unit exorcised!!! Good luck! Please rate my solution...Thank you!

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