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RCA D52W20 cold start issue?

About 2 weeks ago, the power started turning off... intermittently. It appears the only time I am having this issue is when turning the TV on from a cold start. The screen normally goes black a few times before actually turning off. The TV is normally "ON" for a few minutes before this issue even starts. It never shuts down immediately after power up. After a min or so, I can power the TV back up using the front panel or the remote. Once cycling the power back on for maybe for the third time, the TV will stay on for the rest of the evening with no issues. This starts all over again when I power the TV up the next day. Any idea?

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  • Ferriswolf Jan 18, 2008

    I have the same issue with the same model RCA HDTV, model D52W20. Coldstart is touch and go, when this television does start up there are wavey horizontal line across the entire screen. If the room is chilly forget about it.

    From other places I have seen it suggested to check the power supply, and have contacts checked. Any other suggested would be appreciated.

  • grpiegodess Feb 02, 2008

    RCA D53W20B-

    the tv randomly goes off usually within 10 mins or so of being turned on. this started about a week ago. it will shut down and most of the time does not auto start even though the times i've experienced the problem it has attempted prob 3 times to come back on but in the end doesn't.

    any ideas? should we contact RCA/Thomson Inc?

  • bradsfotofuu Feb 06, 2008

    My Tv will simply not turn on anymore. THe light will come on and act like it is turning on then light shuts off. It then will turn on again for a few seconds and turn off. Then again turning on for a few seconds and shuts off. Tv never turns on. I've tried the unplugging. I know my fuses must be good otherwise the light would turn on to begin with.

    I understand that it could be a safety shutdown cuircit feauture.. If it is this how do I fix it? The tech repair people around my town reall don't handle RCA and don't have much good to say about them.

    Help. Please.

  • RdSim1 Apr 06, 2008

    My mother and I both have the same TV, and have similar on and off problem. Her's finally stopped turning on, and RCA repairman came out and said problem was with motherboard...a $560 part.Also it seems this is a common problem as the motherboards are on back order from RCA. Now I am waiting for mine to go out completely

  • ikyokogbaa Dec 20, 2008

    My RCA HDTV turns on and off by itself. Even when I try to turn it off, it does not. The other problem is notthing show up on the screen and a sheeeshs noise that drives me crazy.



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I am looking for an owners manual for the d52w20, can anyone help me out here.

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I had my motherboard replaced about a year ago. now the television simply goes to black/blank screen but still continues to play sound. this TV is terrible and RCA has done nothing
to fix the problem, never gain will I purchase any product made
or manufactured by RCA.

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I had this same issue with a 52" RCA.  It continued on like that for about 2 weeks, then got so it wouldn't display the picture properly. I took it for service and it turned out to be a few loose solder joints.  The tech checked and resoldered the entire "motherboard" for $150,


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