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RCA CTC203 No Colour in the Video IN or Svideo

I have an RCA TV set CTC203 i have had for approximatly 4-5 years. It has the built in Guideplus. While a few nightd back, someone was showing me how to set my REMOTE CONTROL to control the DVD player and VCR, while hitting buttons the tv all of a sudden shut it selt off. I figured it was just one of the buttons on the remote he pressed by accident.

My kids were watching a DVD movie at the same time. And when the tv was shut off, we turned it back on again and all of a sudden there was NO COLOUR in the composite video input on the back. We tried to hook it up to the SVID input and STILL NO colour.

We use the composite input only cause we have the VCR and DVD player hooked throught a switch box that has only Composite video, as there is no other way to hook the VCR to the TV set.

We tried everything to get the colour back. Resetted the Remote , by removing the batterys and reinstalling them. We unplugged the tv set over night , heck even a couple nights. and nothing. It is hard to watch DVDS in black and white.

I read on another forum some where the other night that someone else who had the same tv also had the same problem but didnt mention how it happened. And then the following post he said he got it fixed but doent mention how. I was going to respond but the posts was dated 2003 and in an archive section so i couldnt respond to it.

Is there any way to fix this, like with the remote control?! as it seems like it was a accidental combination of the remote control buttons that generated this problem?! I cant afford a new tv set at this time. and my kids lover thier cartoons. :(

Thank you in advance to anyone that can help me.

Justin Baker

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  • justin Baker Dec 08, 2007

    Thank you for the response i didnt realize this post was here posted twice in another catgory too.. i must have accidently posted this message twice.

    The problem wasnt what you said. that would have been obvious obverrsation. Here is what happened,

    After i posted this help request on this forum. I turned on the set and went in to the Video Source mode to watch the DVDs. i went to check my Screen settings in th emenu, to see if the colour was turned down. There WAS NO screen settings there, in the normal place. on the menu.. just audio settings. I am like this isnt right. I checked the main TV Channels menu and THAT DID HAVE the screen settings. I know the screen settings is usually in that menu in the video source as they are aloowed to set it up for brightness and colour for the video inputs source. And they are also seperate form the over all tv channel screen settings. that I do know! Cause i have set it differently in the past!. and the settings stay.

    So i remembered a problem I had with the unit back when i first purchased it that the GHUIDE PLUS was completely missing from the menu like it wasnt there. So i called the RCA support since it was still under warrenty at the time and he said to keep the tv set OFF but plugged in for 3-4 days, which I did and all of a sudden on the third day the TV pops on byitself.. because of what i had previously programed in the GUIDE PLUS before it went missing... it came back and turned my set on to a programs channel :)

    So taking that in to consideration of what the RCA service told me.. I left the set plugged in for three days right Well i had to remove my programming in the Guide plus cause that would keep turning it on... and last night 2 and half days later i went to check it and it was BACK.. the screen settings was back. everything was colour in the video input source. The colour was dark tho!.

    So i went in to service mode and i noticed that my bias and drives were set to default .. 5 on the bias and 32 on the drives. and the raster line is dark. as well as some of the other screen settings like overscan widths..I just need to set that up. I redid the overscanss sizes. and i got the colour and pitcure somehwat viewable. not to bad. acutally but COLDbe BETTER!. I am familir with the bias and drives.. from working on an other sanyo set i had in my shop, .. but the RCA seems different. The brighter the raster lines or to make them white the more the colour in the screen seems washed out. not vivid!

    any thoughts would be appreciative.?!

    Thank you




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It is possible that while programming the remote you got into the menu on your TV and adjusted the color control. Go back into the menu and find the controls for color, contrast, tint and etc. If the color bar is all the way to the left, then adjust it to go to the right until you get enough color. This is just one possible solution. Hope this corrects the problem.

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