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Dark picture and shadows

I was removing my dvd player from my cable box as it is no longer supported and was checking to see if my t.v. had the right connections in the back for the dvd player. I played around with the plugs in the back one labeled " F " and one " S " and that's when the colour on my t.v. went extremely dark. i tried fixing the problem with the menu by resetting to factory settings , didn't help . i checked all connections and plugs but nothing helped , picture is still dark and fuzzy with shadows . please help

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Re: dark picture and shadows

Sounds like you've entered the "service mode" where you're seeing the chroma (color) signal only. What type of connectors are the F and S? RCA? F? This set is no longer made which makes it hard to research. By any chance, is there a small switch on the back that says "normal - service"?

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