I unplugged my tv & converter box when we had a strong lightning storm, because I didn't want my equipment to get struck. A day later, after the weather was better, I plugged the tv & converter box in again. The green light on the Apex converter box is on, but only snow appears. I tried the different video displays, switching channels, turning tv/converter on/off, plugging/unplugging, etc. Nothing on the digital converter remote works except on and off. I can't get the menu, tv channels, etc. Just snow. Right now I should be watching the season 6 premier of my favorite show, Grey's Anatomy. I'm watching snow. So I'm writing angry comments on the Internet. I'm frustrated. There are angrier words in my head than I'm allowed to write. Grrrr.
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I would recommend getting a surge protector and using that to protect your televisions. This usually will stop something the lightning from killing your tv's.. I have a surge protector and can still use my tv, computer, anything I have plugged in during a storm.
As an electrician, when someone loses more than 1 item of electronics in a day, its almost always traceable to a nearby lightning strike, accompanied by inadequate surge protection for the VCR/TV/Computer/Stereo/uninsured valuable electronic item/XBOX 360. Surge protection can be provided by the consumer at the power strip (a good one with builtin protection and a warranty costs $20, whereas a zero-protection 4-outlet or 6-outlet power strip will cost $4-$5). Your electrician can provide whole-house protection, or per-circuit protection at the breaker box, where a GFCI breaker (or better, an AFCI breaker) can be installed. GFCI = ground fault circuit interruptor AFCI = Arc fault circuit interruptor Lightning protection is especially important in Florida, which is the "lightning capital of the world." I've
never found a good solution to lightning-fried electronics (random
power supply components are destroyed), other than renters insurance or
homeowners insurance. The converter box may be replaced by DirecTV, you'd have to contact their customer service at http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/customerservice If desperate, you could try replacing the entire TV power supply as a module, but even this provides no guarantee of a fix - lightning damage can extend beyond the power supply. When traveling, I will always unplug everything before I leave (except the security system), and also turn off the breakers to unneeded house circuits (which kills the wall switches that control interior lighting - forcing a burglar to use their flashlight instead of interior lighting) which is the least convenient lightning protection, but highly effective, and cheap (free).
Well I think that the console might of had been damaged by lightning thats why when theres a thunder storm you should always unplug your consoles so they won't get hit by lightning I always unplug mine when theres a thunder storm. Well the sound module inside of the console is broken then so you could send it into console solutions then they repair old systems too.
Any TV subjected to a power surge will have problems. If you can remove the back cover, do so. Locate the glass fuse. In the best situations the fuse is clear and opened, and replacement will repair your TV. In worst cases the fuse may be blackened, and you will see that many components are burned and shattered. If this latter is true, only replacing the TV is your best bet. In many cases electronics may be connected to surge protectors, but lightning will over ride these devices and cause damage. I have seen this happen many times.Thanks for asking and show all hands of support!
Try power cycling the TV. First, unplug ALLcables from the TV, This may sound silly but there can be minute amounts of power coming from your other devices like the cable box or BluRay player and that small bit of power is sometimes enough to hold an electronic device in a particular state. Once they are unplugged, unplug your TV from the power source. Leave it out for a full 60-90 seconds.Reconnect your devices first, then reconnect the TV to its power source. If this does not work, there may have been damage done by way of a power surge.