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TV Screen Randomly Goes Dark with Red Image

I am using my Samsung HCM4215W in "component" video mode (RGB) for both my DVD and cable connections (I have 2 separate component video inputs)

Regardless of the input, my TV from time to time goes dark with a residual red shadowy image. So far, it generally recovers in a few seconds, but sometimes it stays that way for a few minutes and then recovers.

I've run the auto-focus feature and that seems to run okay when the TV has recovered. I've tried running the auto-focus feature when the screen goes dark and it cannot complete the full cycle of tests (gets to about 25% and restarts the cycle)

Any suggestions?


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  • tanyasoholt Sep 22, 2008

    I am having the exact same problem with a 4-year-old Mitsubishi WS-65313. The screen looks perfect and all of a sudden goes dark with a red shadow-like picture. If I have the patience to wait it out, the screen returns to normal. This is happening more and more often with longer recovery times. I'm afaid that there's a simple solution that I don't know about, or if I have a tech out to fix the problem, it won't happen while they're here.

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