I have digital cable and i just moved to a new house. When the cable man hooked up the cable my picture on the screen looks tilted. I seen this before but not this bad. I also on ocaisons see a small discolerd spot on the screen. the tv is just over a year old.
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Re: tv screen is tilted
First option: find online the TV set remote code to enter the "service menu" where you may have some options to reset or configure the TV tilt you are talking about, almost like a computer monitor, depending on the options in the service menu.
But you may have cold solders in the TV circuits causing these little problems to get worst because of the moving vibrations and bumps, etc. may be also a cracked circuit board, so I recomend you to take care of that before something worst get damaged.
The technical proccedure is to open the TV set and find broken solder spots caused by thermal stress and resolder them to avoid blown semiconductors. You also may need to replace some dryed capacitors as the tilt seems to be related with that.
Some TV sets have design deficiencies and other have bad solder proccess so thermal stress is common even in the most known brands. As you said the TV set is almost a year old then you may have still a valid warranty so claim for it to the support number.
If not a valid warranty then you may consider to pay a technician or repair it yourself depending on your skills.
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This could be multiple things. If the fuzzy picture is on your regular cable channels and the tv is hooked up directly to the cable then it is a signal issue. Your cable signal is probably too low because it is either split too many times, a splitter went bad, a piece of cable went bad, you have RG-59 cable rather than the much better RG-6 cable. Another solution is if there is a vcr hooked up, the cable jack on the vcr could have gone bad, the vcr power could be on which will cause a fuzzy screen. If you have a vcr try to bypass it and hook directly to tv. If that fixes you problem then it may be the vcr or the wire from the vcr to the tv. If you have no vcr then I recommend buying a cable amplifier and hooking it up. This is a band-aid solution but it could work long term if it's just a matter of weak signal. If that does not fix your problem I would recommend calling a cable professional to evaluate your problem. Could be the line from the pole to your house or any of the wiring in your home.
As long as you can hook that same cable up to a different TV and get a good picture, you must have somehow damaged the tuner on the APEX - unless the set was mishandled while moving. Those cheaper brands won't take much punishment.
If you have it hooked up to a digital box, it shouldn't matter if the TV is on cable or antenna mode. The only thing that matters is that the TV is on channel 3. Channels will be changed on digital box. Some newer TV's use input 1 or 2 or AUX for it to work. If I were you i would hook everything up and start playing with the channels going up and down until you get a picture.
Sorry to here about your problem! This is the time of year I used to get tons and tons of sets, stereos ,games, and vcrs in for repair. On your panasonic it seems that maybe the surge took out the tuner portion or the power supply. It sould cost aprox. 200 bucks or so for a new tuner. Im sure your aware that homeowners will cover almost all repair after the deductable. Good Luck