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Make sure you have selected the correct INPUT. Many TVs have several from which to choose. Locate the INPUT or A/V button on the TV or remote. Press it once and wait up to 3 seconds to see if the picture appears. Repeat to cycle slowly through all inputs until picture appears. Some TV / remotes have buttons labeled AV1, AV2, AV3, etc. or similar do go directly to the specific input as opposed to cycling as above. Press each - one at a time - and wait up to 3 seconds for picture to appear. If unable to display a picture, check A/V cables at cable box and TV. Note which input is being used on the TV for the cable box. Then select the same AV input on the remote that is being used on the cable box. If still no picture, contact cable company / Verizon for service.
Try restoring all factory settings. On your remote, press the reset button twice. If that doesn't correct it, then you'll probably need a repair technician. For more info, consult your owners manual, which is also available at
The correct way to reset the lamp timer on that unit is to hold the menu key on the remote and push the enter key on the front of the TV at the same time. Hold them (it's about 9 or 10 seconds) and then a screen comes up asking if you would like to reset the lamp timer. That will reset the time but if your problem is a dark picture that's probably not going to fix that.
learning to use light metering correctly can have its challenge. the manual will guide you on how to set up to read light from the subject. spot metering a dark area will cause general overexposure, or a washed out look. spot metering a bright area will cause a dark image. if you are on spot meter and shoot two people standing together against a bright lit background, your meter will see between them if they are centered, and read all that bright background, setting the camera to a less sensitive combination of aperture / shutter speed, resulting in a dark image. use field averaging meter setting and be sure you are metering the subject and not the background. try shooting a wall that is fairly clear of other colors and uniform it light hitting it, you should have a correctly exposed image. since it works in other modes (at least 1, anyway) then it is unlikely you have an exposure compensation issue. that is the only other non defect issue that would cause your problem. once you confirm that you have these settings correct and still get a dark image, its time to have it serviced. good luck mark