Question about RCA 27R410T 27" TV
My TV will just turn itself off and on as it pleases!?!?!?! any idea what the problem could be?
My one year old 24" RCA was having the same problem and also changing channels on its own. I decided to do some experimenting. (Warning: High voltages exist inside a TV even when it is unplugged. Messing around inside a TV may be very dangerous and stupid.)
I found that there was a 5 wire ribbon cable that connected the circuit board with the front control buttons to the main circuit board. I discovered that if I turned the TV on, then disconnected that ribbon cable from the main circuit board, the TV was stable, it would not do anything on its own. Obviously, I could not control it either with the ribbon cable disconnected.
Since there did not appear to be any ic chips on the button circuit board, but mainly some resistors, I theorized that the buttons simply caused a certain voltage signal to be returned to the main board. I further theorized that perhaps the voltage being sent to the board was varying causing the return voltage to also varying making the main board thing a control signal had been sent.
The five wires are labled on the small control circuit board. One was labeled "key". (or maybe "keys") I separated and cut that wire. The TV was then stable. It could be controlled by the remote control, but the buttons on the front were now not functional.
I connected some longer wires to the "key" wires and ran them outside to a switch. The TV now works fine with the remote control and is stable and will not do anything on its own. If for some reason I do need to use the manual buttons on the front, I can simply flip the switch on and the buttons will work. However if I leave the switch on the TV will again be unstable, turning itself on and off and changing channels.
That is how I "fixed" my RCA.
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