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RCA 20F420T FPA lock

I accidentally turned on the FPA lock on my roommates TV. I have researched it and I have found no solutions. The keys on the front of the TV do not work and I can not get the universal remote to work either. Should I buy the original remote or is there something else I could do? I prefer not to have to spend any money. But like I said its not mine, and I really do not want to have to buy them a new TV. PLEASE HELP ME!!
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  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    MY FPA WAS ALSO LOCK,YOU MUST HAVE THE REMOTE,JUST PRESS 1111 OR 0000 THEN OK,IT SHOULD COME UNLOCK.HOPE IT HELPS!!





    ZEKE

  • Anonymous May 25, 2008

    i accidentally lock my tv on fpa lock on have can i unlock it please

  • Anonymous Jul 08, 2008

    i turned on FPA lock and i cant do anything help please

  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    fpa is on the tv screen

  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    FPA IS ON TV SCREEN

  • sierra08 Sep 07, 2008

    i accidentaly turned the FPA lock on my tv and i cant figure out how to unlock it help me !!!!!

  • georgianjmw Oct 13, 2008

    I am having the same problem, i turned my FPA lock on and then shut it off thinking it would re set now it wont turn back on, i dont have a remote. what can i do

  • trublu187 Dec 29, 2008

    same problem

  • sandy10161 Jan 04, 2009

    I am trying to hook up a DVD player to my TV and the FPA lock is coming up on the screen and you cant use any of the TV buttons on the TV and I cant find the original remote that goes with the TV.

  • jesusalfre Mar 13, 2009

    My remote is not working and the front button don't let me star the TV. What can I do?

  • dsoet2002 May 11, 2010

    How do I unlock my TV, from FPA lock

  • Larry  Dillon
    Larry Dillon May 11, 2010

    When you say FPA Please explain. Are you refuring to the parental lock or the V-chip access ?

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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.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008

  • njg55 Jan 14, 2011

    It doesn't seem to work with a universal remote and I lost the original long ago. Cannot use the TV now as I need to do a scan with a converter to get stations. All it's good for is DVD's :-(

  • junior_69 Apr 09, 2011

    simple universal remote

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If you have a universal rca remote or any rca remote this is what i did. go to the menu button, press preference button or scroll down to the preference button and go down to fpa lock to turn off.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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If you lock yourself out of your RCA all you have to do is buy a RCA universal remote. At any walmart for about $10.00. The remote automatically connected to my TV got into menu and reversed the lockout.Good luck

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RCA 20F420T FPA lock - a322d6d.jpgIt looks like you will need the RCA remote to unlock the FPA (front panel assembly). Hopefully you have one.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008

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If you have Direct TV and their remote programmed to the TV this worked for me. Switch the Direct TV remote to the TV mode. Press the menu button. This brings up the RCA True Flat TV's menu. Using the chan/page button scroll down to preferences. Press the select button. This brings up the Preferences screen. Scroll down again with the chan/page button to FPA lock. Press the volumn button to select off. Press exit and then switch the Direct TV mode back to the left Direct TV mode. You are done.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010

  • Jessica Musick Oct 13, 2011

    I tried this with my direct tv remote and every time I hit the select button the pop up menu disappears. help please.

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Omg sumone plz help me!! i cant figure out how to unlock the fpa lock on my tv... ive tryed everythang.....

Posted on Apr 16, 2010

  • odbayar86 Aug 15, 2011

    i had the same problem on my tv, this is what i did to solve it: on ur universal remote control find the tv's code and configure it so ur remote is set for ur tv. to do this read the manual and the code list from ur universal remote control
    after that u can just access the tv menue from the remote and turn off the fpa lock. hope this help solve ur problem

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Ok so what if you don't have any remots to the tv is their a way to unlock with the tv front panel if not I'm done for....

Posted on Aug 06, 2011

The solution is here http://specs.retaildeck.com/CACHE/FILE7065.PDF 
search for FPA and you'll find how to unlock it :)

Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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