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Front Panelbuttons I have had my TV since 2004. About 4 months ago my 2 year old son threw remote into toilet and it no longer works. Now the front panel channel up button is stuck. The only way I can watch the tv is to lock the front panel using the parental control. How do I get the button unstuck?

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Re: Front Panelbuttons

You probably should replace the button matrix. They are usually less than $20. You do have to take off the back of the set ( makes sure its unplugged) It's also possible that the switch has collapsed, whoch can be replaced but needs some soldering skill. Google RCA parts or try herman electronics. You will need your model number to get the correct parts.

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