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My Element 32 inch tv has black screened.

Its an Element T.V. ELCHW321 is the model number. The screen went black, I have sound, and if I shine a flash light in it, I can see the screen. Help!

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Hope I dont sound too crude, but have you checked the contrast and brightness controlls ?? they may be labled as 'picture options' or some other odd label...

does this tv have a LED, LCD or the older CTR display ?? If it is LED or LCD, then the light source that illuminates the screen are not working.. this light source could be damaged..

Posted on Sep 09, 2012


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SOURCE: black screen in middle of picture

go tothe menu, caption, take it off the text mode. this should solve your problem

Posted on Apr 07, 2007

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SOURCE: RCA 32 in TV no picture no sound just a beeping noise TV power is on

Hello cote,

This indicates a problem in the power supply either the low voltage switching supply or the High voltage power supply. The sounds you hear is the shutdown circuit activating, I would not suggest that you try to repair this problem because of the dangers involved. I would suggest that you take it to a qualified TV repair shop. This problem should not cost you much, however it is the best choice for the problem you described.

I hope this helps,
Thank you,

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

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the cpu of your tv is not working,coldsolder the mainboard of your tv and the cpu then get the voltage output of your tv.

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SOURCE: black screen on EVERY input/channel

Turn off the closed capition

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SOURCE: Black box taking up over 1/2 the screen.

caption box selection is on. disable caption

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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