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Rca 20F420T my rca truflat 20F420T has a fpa lock and i cant get past it. i do not have the original remote i have tried to program a universal but it only turns the tv on and off. i can pull the menu up on the monitor but cannot move the selection due the fpa lock what can i do

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I had the same preoblem with my rca model 27f520t truflat tv. I used a universal remote. When I first tried with the universal it would not work for me. The remote would turn the tv on and pull up the menu but the channel up or down and volume up or down would not, the light was flashing. I pulled up the menu and pulled a battery out and put it right back in and the menu stayed up and the light stopped flashing. I was able to go to preferences and turn off the fpa lock. good luck this was difficult to figure out and had me very irritated.....

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If you can bring up the menu try using the volume up / down and channel up/down on the remote to change your selection. that might work

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My rfca tv fpa is locked and when I go to the menu it will not allow me to move the the fpa lock sign comes back up when I try to hold the bottons down please help

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Hi, I just had the same issue a few days ago. When you are using the universal remote, make sure the "tv" button is not blinking. Just press it and then you will be able to use the volume up and down and the channel up and down. I was able to use a universal remote, and unlock the fpa. Good luck!

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I have a TruFlat RCA model # 27F520T have lost original remote and FPA lock is on how do I unlock without original remote? Dish universal remote not working to unlock tv, it will pull up menu but cannot...

Try this -
  1. Press menu for main menu.
  2. Press CH + or CH - to highlight preferences.
  3. Press "OK" to enter preferences submenu.
  4. Press CH + or CH - to high light "FPA"
  5. Press VOL + or VOL - to turn the FPA on or off.
  6. Press MENU repeatedly to exit.
  7. Back to normal
  • FPA stands for Front Panel Lock. It makes it so kids don't push all the buttons on the front of your TV. The power button on the TV will still work and the remote will still function as normal.

Regards, Tony

Apr 30, 2011 | RCA TruFlat 27F520T 27" TV

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Hi how to open fpa

The front panel lock can only be unlocked with the remote. Press Menu, then Ch+ or Ch - to select Preferences. Press Ok then use the Ch+ or Ch- buttons to highlight FPA (front panel) lock. Then use the Vol+ and Vol - buttons to select On or Off. Then press Menu repeatedly to exit the menu system. With the FPA lock disabled, you can turn it on from the front panel of the TV by pressing the Menu button. However, with the lock enabled, you can only power off the TV from the front panel.

Since the Input button is also only on the remote, if you look for a universal remote, choose one with both Menu and Input or Source functions. Then try all the RCA codes until you find one that makes all of the remote functions work. The original remote is: RCR130TA1 . A substitute remote that should match all of the functions is available here: .

The manual for the RCA 20F420T is available here:{35D79B02-4AAE-4834-BFD0-1124EA501FA2}&NRCACHEHINT=NoModifyGuest . If the direct link doesn't work, start here: . Select a 20" TV and then your model number in the drop down menus and press Go.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Mar 19, 2011 | RCA 20F420T 20" TV

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My FPA Lock is on and we cant find the remote and we us comcast cable. Can you help or do I need to get a new remote?

Same thing happened to me recently. I tried everything from going to and RCA solutions... to NO avail. I brought an original universal remote and that didn't work. I went to radioshack and brought a RCA universal remote and hit the power button and it came on. I hope this works for others. RCA kept telling me that I would have to buy another RCA remote. Nope! the RCA universal remote from radio shack worked just fine and cost only $7.00.

Dec 13, 2009 | RCA TruFlat 27F520T 27" TV

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Using your remote, go to Menu, Preferences, FPA Lock and change it to OFF.

If you don't have the remote, you'll need to program a universal one that has a Menu button to access the menu.

Jul 09, 2009 | RCA TruFlat 27F520T 27" TV

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Lost orig remote/ fpa lock on

I have a 20f511t RCA Tru Flat with FPA lock on, using an universal GE remote press setup, then menu, channel down to preferences, press enter, channel down to FPA LOCK, volume up to change to on or off, press menu to remove, all shoud work now

Nov 23, 2008 | RCA 20F420T 20" TV

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Rca truflat locked

Hey this same thing happened to me not too long ago and you just have to buy a Universal remote and program it (it should come with the codes to program it to your TV) I think the code is 704 or 702 for RCA... Anywho after that then you can turn your tv back on wit the remote and push menu and Preferences and then FPA off. Its just a parental control block so your kids cant touch the tv buttons and mess with your settings.

Sep 25, 2008 | RCA TruFlat 27F520T 27" TV

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FPA Lock

just get a universal remote... it will work just fine.

Jun 10, 2008 | RCA 20F420T 20" TV

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FPA lock

hi i have a universal remote and my granddaughter pressed a button on the tv and now i need to unlock the fpa can some one please help.

Mar 08, 2008 | RCA 20F420T 20" TV

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RCA 20F420T FPA lock

Most RCA and GE TV sets use a four digit code to control the v-chip. The code reset procedure is different depending on the model. Try each method until you find one that works:
  1. Hold down MENU on the remote and VOLUME DOWN on the TV it’s self at the same time for at least 4 seconds. The set won't say so, but the lock will be unlocked
  2. Hold down the 0 on the remote and the VOLUME DOWN buttons on the TV its self at the same time for at least 4 seconds. The set won't say so, but the lock will be unlocked
  3. Hold down the MENU button on the front of the TV and the TV button on the remote at the same time for at least 4 seconds.
  4. Hold down GO BACK on the remote and MENU on the front of the TV at the same time for at least 4 seconds.
  5. Hold down EJECT on the front of the TV and the MENU button on the remote at the same time for at least 4 seconds.
Depending on the model, one of the methods should unlock the V-chip. Now, if desired, you can change the settings on the V-chip by going to the MENU and going to PARENTAL CONTROLS, or on some sets, going to MENU and then going to TV SETUP, then to V-CHIP SET.

Jan 21, 2008 | RCA 20F420T 20" TV

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FDA Lock

I have never heard of FDA lock. If you mean FPA lock, this is the Front Panel Access lock (also called Child Lock) built into the TV. To unlock FPA, turn the set on with the original remote, enter the menu, navigate to the page with FPA and set it to off.

Aug 21, 2007 | RCA 20F420T 20" TV

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