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Remote problems and now FPA locked

The set was working fine last night, but this morning it would only turn on by pressing the TV button. Nothing else on the remote would work. Maybe a cat laid on the remote? Anyway, the buttons on the TV itself worked, I could change channels, adjust the volume. I hit the menu on the TV and managed to turn on the FPA lock. We tried a "one for all" remote and managed to get the 4 digit access code - still nothing with the remote. So now I guess I have two problems. It's New Years Day - lots of football and I'm stuck on the History Channel! I like the History Channel and all, but it's New Years! Please Help!!!!!

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In the worse case:
It is very possible that the remote recieve on the set has gone defective. It is also possible that there is a fault with the processor in the set, and the remote signals are not being responded to.

As for your universal remote, I don't trust them.

Did you try changing the batteries in the remote? Make sure the new ones are actualy in good condition.

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Posted on May 25, 2008


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