The Initial Setup screen comes on at random. It started a few months ago, but then stopped. When it does it, it will happen all the time, like every few seconds. Please help me, It makes it very difficult to watch football when it is like this.
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Re: Initial Setup Screen
If you have a button on the remote control for setup then maybe it is this conducting, so clean out the remote control. First see if it happens with the remote batteries removed.
Make sure that there is no other infrared source which could be interfering.
Try for a test, covering with a metal plate the remote sensor, on the TV.
Recently ran into one of these w/ same symptom. I can tell you what didn't fix it, but this customer ended up getting it exchanged before we could finish the repair. We replaced the Micro, the front panel keypad switches (common problem on this unit), and the IR reciever. Also replaced the crystal to the Micro. None of these fixed the symptom. Of course, set was ran with batteries removed from the remote. Unfortunately, when a "digital" problem like this arises, shot-gunning parts is often the only way to repair it.
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The ability to control volume is often lost do to dirt or wear internal to the remote control. If that's the case then I would try a new remote. I universal one will give you the capacity to control volume, on/off and channel change. Try one of those (you need to program it for your individual model) and if that controls the volume you should replace your remote.
Concerning the spontaneous activation of your on screen display is also possibly coming from the remote. Put the remote in cardboard box or anything non translucent and see if that stops the problem. If it does stop it's the remote. If not your set will have to be seen by a professional electronics technician that hopefully is familiar with TV circuitry.
Have you ever cleaned the set front glass with windex or glass cleaner.Sometimes the fluid runs down before you can wipe and lands inside right on top of the push buttons that control ( CH,VOL, MENU, etc.) If this happens you can get this trouble. If you up to it take the cover off and look at the board just under the front edge of the crt. If you see green or grey residue you probably have to remove that corresponding TAC switch. You can just cut out and use the remote for that function.
Came across this because I was having the same problem. I was getting the menu immediately. It started with the remotes not working with the TV, so I unplugged it. Afterwards, the initial setup appeared, but couldn't complete. I don't have anything connected to the tuner, everything is on video inputs. Don't know why it wouldn't complete, it would get 20-40 channels into it, and stop, and the "initial setup screen" appeared. I ended up turning off all peripherals, waited about 10 minutes, then running the setup. it finally completed the scan of the tuner channels, and has not appeared since. Perhaps just an accidental solution, but hopefully something in there helps.
The problem could be the power supply, the flyback trasformer or simply a bad connection. A repair cost for this TV set could run any where from 75 bucks all the way up to 225 or so, depending on the problem. Good Luck