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Do you have a cable/satellite box connected to this tv?
Try this first it sounds like you have the closed caption turned on by accident. On the remote press the MENU button. Use the navigation keys to move the selector to CC and press OK. This should bring up the Closed Caption sub menu. Ensure that the closed caption is set to OFF
It Captioning 1,2,3 and Text 1,2,3 still on functioning.Check ur remote have a CC button press that button turn off all the Captioning like 1,2,3.Go into the menu look for captioning turn it all off,all the captioning like CC1,2,3 and Text 1,2,3 all to off.These black boxes,will not appear again in the middle of the screen.
this means the TV having picture upper part of the screen. problem may be -15 V to vertical deflection ic suddenly gose off and system control gose to stand-by mode resolder vertical out ic , -15 v supply line from the fly back and system control .
Note that the large black box goes away when pushing buttons on the tv (ex: the black box will disappear to show the volume setting when changing the volume on the tv but it will cover the picture and the menu display of the dtv box).
This is caused by the closed caption setting of the television set NOT the captioning of the converter box. To fix this you must open your television's menu, find the ccd/closed caption option, and turn it off. This is a frustrating problem as when most people are told to shut off the captioning they try to do so at the box.
Normal dtv box captioning will appear as a small text box at the bottom of the screen as you would expect - not as a giant black rectangle that covers most of the screen. If you do want to shut this off too you will find that you can't do it through the usual menu options (the menu will only allow changes to font, color etc.) - there should be a ccd button on the remote that when pushed will scroll through ccd-1, ccd-2,... off.
Just happened to see your black box problem associated with your T.V.; Thought I would pass along an idea for you to check into, and let me know if it helped...Check into whether or not it has a onscreen text block mode, if it gets into this mode by accidentally pressing the wrong buttons on the remote and or TV, it could and I have seen, at least with zeniths, a big black box which will cover the whole screen except for a 2 to 4 inch border around the box and outer edge of the screen...if this is the case, find someone familiar with the correct setting for the set associated with this problem, and get it back into the right mode....Hope this helps..T.
I'm not sure what type of TV you are using,, but most all Large Screens have a reset button someplace. You should be able to reset the TV and fix the problem. Its not the remote, making the image appear, but a command from it was misinterpeted. Sometimes turning the set off will work, but most often it needs to be reset.
EXCEPTION... if you are using a cable box. Disconnect it from power, wait 1 minute and then see if the problem exists. If the cable box is on even with the DVD you may still have this issue. Please reset the cable, and if that doesn't work, reset the TV.