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1988 GE 8-2062 tv volume and remote problem

Hi, I have an old GE tv, with very little markings to tell what it is. It just says Model Number 8-2062 Serial Number 830446183 and Chassis number CTC136G Manufactured July 1988. It also says Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. at the top next to the GE logo.

The problem is the volume randomly jumps to 2x volume. I will be laying down watching TV and it will all the sudden BLAST! Pressing the down volume button does not help, it can only bring it down to the loudest the tv could 'normally' get. Its like it just went up to the second level in volume or something? Smacking the sides used to help for a few minutes to a few hours to a few days, now it does not help at all. I took the cover off and vacuumed but it didn't help. Nothing seems to be wrong, to loose connections, no blown capacitors, no burn marks etc. I'm thinking maybe a voltage regulator or an IC chip?? The sticker on the inside of the case only shows a schematic for the main board, not the side board that the speakers are plugged into. I have found that if I unplug the speakers when the tv is blasting, let it blast for 2 min, turn it off, then plug them back in, it will work okay for numerous house. But when I moved it from the basement back to my room, it did it again. So I repeated the process and it appears to be working okay for now. I am hoping to find a permanent fix, besides new tv and keeping the speakers unplugged.

Also, once or twice the volume/channel buttons on the tv swapped, another time the channel changed by itself, and sometimes the green lettering for the tv channel number turns black. The other thing is that a universal remote has no effect on it, even with the right code for a GE (works on our other GE tv, and no I don't have original remote). I think the remote sensor in the tv is dead.

So does anyone know the answer to my possessed tv problem? Maybe a fix perhaps??

Any ideas appreciated ;)


- Dave

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SOURCE: No Sound

9 times out of 10, the symptom you are describing is the result of something not being set right. First, eliminate any cable box or dish reciever issues by running the cable directly to the TV or using a VCR to play a good pre-recorded tape. Then go through the audio menu and make sure the speakers have not been set to OFF and also make especially sure that the TV is not in the SAP mode. If you eliminate all of the above and still have no audio then have the set serviced by a qualified tech.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007

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SOURCE: volume goes full blast when turned up from zero to just a "1" onscreen

I have seen a similar problem. get to design mode (that trick with the remote mute & the set menu button) & look for a data address in the audio section that is set to all (F)s. sorry i can't remember the exact address. you could always just guess just make sure you write down where they are currently set .
Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Sound is ridiculously low

if it is a stereo tv, there should be rca jacks on the back of the tv [red,white yellow] try connecting the rca outputs to a stereo system and see if the volume is any different.there might be a loose connection to the tv speakers inside.if you have a cable box hooked up to your tv, check the connections in back. you can also try bypassing the cable box by connecting the cable wire directly into the tv to see if it's the tv. if it is the cable box try unplugging it for a minute then hook it up again.i had the same problem with my cable box. hooking it up to a stereo system sounds like a pain, but at least you will have sound.
good luck

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SOURCE: volume up then pic gone

Good Day;

The TV's front panel may be bad, manual buttons. TEMPT FIX; remove speaker, cloth covered, cover, disconnect cables. TV will work but only with remote.

Good Luck!

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

SOURCE: RCA tv doing various things by itself

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