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Black square picture in the middle of the regular picture

Also v chip locked dont know code if that has anything to do with this problem

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Make sure your closed-captioning is set to "off" or to "caption 1" in the setup. You have it set to one of its "text" modes right now, and what's happening is the caption decoder is blanking the screen where the text would go if there was any. You're probably noticing this on some channels but not all - it will only show up when the channel has closed-captioning being broadcast.

The v-chip locking is a separate problem. If you can provide the make and model of TV, I'll see if I can find how to reset the lock code.

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