My TV recently started begining with a Guide Plus Demonstration every time I turn it on. At the very beigning of the Demo there is a message saying that there is a pin to be pulled out of the back upon sale in order to stop the Guide Plus Demo from occuring. I do not see a pin and I have had the TV for 2 years and this never occured before. Any suggestions as to how to turn off the Demo would be great.
I have serviced lots of these, and as far as I know the CTC203 chassis has nothing like this, nor did anything made by Thomson before or since, so I am mystified. Adjustments are made with the remote or the front panel buttons using software and there are no "pins," test connectors, switches, or anything similar present on it. Usually the Guide Plus stops working entirely (which is nice for most users, as it is just an annoyance). Now if you unplug your TV for long enough for its microprocessor to reset, it will start with the Guide Plus screen. This is by design and can't be stopped without modification. Corruption of the set's internal program causing something strange like this is possible, but unlikely. (It was a problem on earlier models). Leave your TV plugged in and see if this problem goes away. If this is not the cause, you will have to take it in for service. Any demo modes can be turned on or off with the remote or the buttons on the set.
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Viewing the demonstration (DEMO) mode
The DEMO mode automatically demonstrates several features of
To start the DEMO mode:
1. Press MENU.
2. Press < or >to highlight the SET UP menu.
3. Press up or down to highlight DEMO.
4. Press < or > to highlight START.
To stop the DEMO mode:
Press RECALL, EXIT, or POWER. This should do it for you. Thanks for using fixya.
Please clarify what you are getting. Is the Guide Plus coming up with no programs listed? If so, it may be that you lost power and the set has to be turned off overnight to "reload" the program schedule. If that is not the problem, have you recently changed to digital through a digital receiver? You need to have your analog antenna connected to receive the program listings. You may have to install a splitter to have both the digital antenna and the analog antenna connected. I have an RCA with Guide Plus and ran into the same problem, but solved it by reconnecting my analog antenna and leaving the set off overnight to reload.
Unplug the TV for 4 hours or more. This is called a 'Hard Reset'. Then plug it back in, turn it on and let the TV do it's thing. It will set itself up. Just follow the TV setup prompts. Guide Plus is a feature on the TV. Much like a TV guide showing all channels, shows, description of shows, times, etc..
LOL its in a demo mode man!! simply hit the menu button on the original remote and go to the special settings and turn them off. If it still does not work, then the painter or the Microprocessor Ic Needs to be replaced.