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FPA Locked ON

I have a 27" RCA tv that says on the screen the FPA is locked on.The Front buttons does not work,nor will the Remote work.It is the one that came with the TV.The standby light works,But none of the Front buttons work or the Remote won"t work either.The screen says the FPA is on,an then up n the Right hand conner it says TV28 MONO,what is the problem.Thanks.The model number is RCA27V513T.

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Re: FPA Locked ON

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.

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Re: FPA Locked ON

I have the fpa lock on my tv i have no remote & tv is in black & white please help model #20v500t e-mail

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Install an IR Remote App in android phone. The app link below worked for me to remove the fpa lock on. Configure the App for your RCA TV. Set TV as Device type, RCA as the brand. and choose the model (e.g., TV 20 F420T) also, select the Alternate IR Driver.

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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.
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  • 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.

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The buttons on the front of the tv are locked how do i unlock them. i bought this tv from a friend and they dont have the code

Hello there,

The default code is 0000 but this only works if a code has not been set. You will need the RCA remote or a universal remote programmed to work with the TV to enter the code.

If a code has been set and forgotten you can reset the code by pressing VOL+ on the remote and the CH+ button on the front of the TV simultaneously. However, you will still need a remote to set a new code. When asked for a password, simply enter a new code - I'd suggest setting it back to the factory default 0000.

The child lock then needs to be disabled from within the on-screen menu. This option is located in the Preferences menu and is called FPA Lock. This should be set to OFF assuming you don't wish to use the parental control feature. You may be asked for a password when switching FPA Lock off, so it's better to change the password first, as above.

Please try this and post back if you are still unable to remove the lock or if you don't have a remote.

Hope this helps.


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I hit the FPA and now i am screwed how do i fix this it I cant get into my tv

Child Lock allows you to lock the buttons on the front of the TV.
Press MENU to see the main menu.
Press CH+ or CH- to highlight
Press OK to enter the Preferences
Press CH+ or CH- to highlight FPA
(Front Panel) Lock.
Press VOL+ or VOL- to turn on or off
FPA Lock. Choose On to disable all the
buttons on the front of the TV. FPA Lock
On will appear on the TV screen each
time you press buttons on the front of
the TV. You can still operate the TV with
the remote control. You can still use the
POWER button on the front of the TV, but
only to turn off the TV (not on). Set FPA
Lock to Off to cancel this feature so you
can use the buttons on the front of the TV
Press MENU repeatedly to exit the
menu or the menu will automatically
disappear within a few seconds if no
buttons are pressed on the remote
I hope this helps and good luck!

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You will need an RCA Remote or Universal (RCA) may work. Once the Front Panel Assy. is locked the TV will only Power on with a remote. Call an Authorized RCA warranty service center, and offer to leave a deposit for the use of the remote. Power the TV on with the remote. Press Menu on remote. Press CH- (down) button on remote to highlight "Preferences". Press OK button to open menu. Press CH-(down) button to highlight "FPA Lock". Press Vol.+ button to turn off FPA Lock.Press Menu button to return to Main Menu. Press Menu button again to clear On Screen Display.

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Unfortunately, the FPA can only be removed using the remote. There are no magic front panel button combinations.

The cheapest way out is to buy a Universal Remote Control at Walmart (about $10) and program it to your RCA TV. Then you can go into the Parental Control Menu and remove the lock.

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hey i have the same problem only i don't have a remote and i locked my tv out of my own stupidity. its model no. is 27V512T if you're any good with chips mabye you figure out a way to reset the tv.

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If the front panel lock is on, you will need a working original remote (or a universal remote properly programmed for RCA) to turn the set on. The IR receiver is next to the buttons on the fromt but the RCA IR receivers are very reliable, and I have yet to see a bad one in a modern RCA TV. Once you turn the set on by remote, you can enter the menu and turn the FPA off.

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