While the set is playing tap or slap the side of the cabinet, to see if the picture flickers or goes off. (This is a deep dark secret technique of expert technicians :) ) If it does then you have an intermittent connection in the electronics, which will have to be repaired at a service shop.
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Install an IR Remote App in android phone. The app link below worked for me to remove the fpa lock on. Configure the App for your RCA TV. Set TV as Device type, RCA as the brand. and choose the model (e.g., TV 20 F420T) also, select the Alternate IR Driver.
All the options of the command may appear in a list form. Close that and an actual remote with buttons should appear.
Then Power your tv will turn ON. Press the Menu. Pressing the Channel Down/Up Button to navigate to Preferences. Press OK button on the screen.. Then Navigate to FPA Lock. Press OK again. THis will turn the FPA Lock to Off.
TV won't turn on • Press the TV button. Make sure the TV is plugged in.• Check the wall receptacle (or extension cord) to make sure it is "live" by plugging in something else.• Something might be wrong with your remote control. Press the POWER button on the front of the TV. If the TV turns on, check the remote control solutions on page 26.• The front panel controls may be locked (disabled). Use the remote control to unlock the front panel controls by selecting the Lock Fr. Panel in the PARENTAL CONTROL menu and press OK (box won't have check mark).Buttons don't work • If you're using the remote control, press the TV button first to make sure the remote is in TV mode.• The front panel controls may be locked (disabled). Use the remote control to unlock the front panel controls by selecting the Lock Fr. Panel in the PARENTAL CONTROL menu and press OK (box won't have check mark).• Unplug the TV for two minutes and then plug it back in. Turn the TV on and try again.TV turns off unexpectedly • Sleep timer might have been activated. Go to page 24 for instructions.• KidPass might have been activated. Go to page 21 for instructions.• Wake-Up timer turned on the TV and no remote or front panel buttons were pressed for two hours.• Electronic protection circuit may have been activated because of a power surge. Wait 30 seconds and then turn on again. If this happens frequently, the voltage in your house may be abnormally high or low. • Unplug TV. Wait five minutes. Plug it in again.
Try unplugging and replugging,then reprograming the remote. Also try removing the batteries from the remote, holding a button down to drain the power, reinstalling the batteries, and reprogramming the remote.
just had the same problem... found the old RCA remote in my house... put new batteries in it...used RCA remote.... hit menu... arrow down to preferences and hit "ok" on remote.....use arrow again to go down to FPA lock and hit ok to turn it off, hope this helps, hit menu again to remove menu from your screen
These instructions come from the RCA website. The crucial step
is to keep pressing the reverse button.
Turn on the component (the tv, dvd, etc).
Hold the TV (or DVD) button and the on/off button at the
same time. It will stay lit.
Press the play button every five seconds until the
component turns off.
Each time the Play button is pressed, the illuminated ON-OFF
button blinks ten times and a block of 10 codes is sent to your
component. This process continues until all the codes in the Code
Lists have been searched. If the component has not turned off after
all codes have been searched, the illuminated ON-OFF button blinks
four times, turns off, and the Auto Code Search Entry method is
When the component turns off, press and release the
REVERSE button, then wait two seconds to see if the component turns
If the component does not respond, continue to press the
REVERSE button EVERY TWO SECONDS UNTIL THE COMPONENT TURNS ON
again. This will isolate the correct code in the last block of
codes sent. Each time the REVERSE button is pressed, the
illuminated ON-OFF button blinks.
If the REVERSE button is accidentally pressed after the
component responds, press and release the FORWARD button. Wait two
seconds to see if the component turns off again.
To save the new code, press and release the STOP
The illuminated ON-OFF button turns off. You must press the
STOP button to save the code.
Turn on TV
Hold in the TV button and the ON/OFF button until the ON/OFF
button stays lit
Press the PLAY button every 5 seconds until the device turns
Press the REVERSE button every 2 seconds until the device turns
Press the STOP button to lock in the code...the remote should
Important to press reverse button every 2 seconds, not just
I programmed an rca universal remote by:
TURN ONTHE TV
HOLDING DOWN THE TV ANDTHEON/OFF BUTTON ATTHE SAME TIME.UNTILTHEON/OFF BUTTON STAYED ILLUMINATED.
PRESS THE PLAYBUTTON IT WILL BLINK,IF TV DOES NOT GO OFF PRESS PLAY EVERY 5 SECONDS UNTIL TV GOES OFF.
ONCE TV TURNS OFF HIT THE REVERSE BUTTON THE TV WILL COME BACK ON.
HIT THE STOP BUTTON TO SAVE THE CODE.
REPEAT THIS BUT HOLD THE OTHER DESIRED DEVICE INSTEAD OF THE TV.
HOPE IT WORKS
Igotthisinfo from google....then typed in rca universal remote...there was a sight for programming remote.
I have seen some RCA TV's with this problem and it has usually been a switch going bad on the keypad of the tv. This can be confirmed by disconnecting the plug from the control panel to the main chassis.If you are lucky, and the ir rcvr for the remote is not on the control board, you can still control tv with the remote.Good luck.
Customer service at RCA stated that you have to simultaneously push the menu button on the TV and the volume down button on the factory issued remote hold for three seconds and the parental should unlock and allow access again.