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Black rectangle blocking view

Ever since I used the DVD player with this tv there has been a black rectangle shape blocking half of my screen.  It disappears after 30 seconds but evey time I change the channel I have to look at this black thing that I can't get rid of.   maryait@yahoo.com

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  • mommasherry Dec 31, 2007

    black boxes appear on the screen in different places they will go off and come back in a diffrent place. we turn it off and it goes away for a while then comes right back How can we fix this?

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SOUNDS LIKE U HAVE THE CLOSED CAPTIONING ON, CHECK IN YOUR MENU AND TURN OFF

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