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Color is too dark

I do not have a manual on this tv. Color has been progressively darker and I do not know how to get to the menu to lighten picture. I am wondering if this is because one of the lights is going out?

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  • sujo0507 Oct 13, 2008

    tv just got really dark & very very hard to see pic.could it be the bulb?

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Unplug the TV,remove the front panel to gain access to the CRT sockets - loosen the screws that hold the sockets to the necks of the CRT's - now unplug and replug each socket from each CRT - this will remove any dust resistance on the pins of the CRT's - after doing this, the brightness level should go up.

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