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Our General Electric cathode ray tube television shuts off unexpectedly and sometimes comes back on unexpectedly.Is there a reset button?

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This family of GE and RCA TV sets were notorious for bad solder connections which would cause many strange problems. The most common were fuzzy pictures, a picture that would shrink or appear to slide down off the screen, sets that went off or came on by themselves, or would turn off and not come back on. The fix is to resolder all the affected areas. You'd be best off if you call a professional technician to look this set over and make the repair if that's the cause. Because of the delicate nature of the board, it's possible to do severe damage trying to solder the areas where the joints are bad. If you'd like to see information about the trouble and fix, this page is handy. It's a bit technical since it's meant for service people, but it explains what's happening. If you get a technician to look at the set who isn't already familiar with the infamous RCA, show him/her the page.

Sad. Except for this construction issue, this series of sets were some of the most reliable RCA made. I hope you get yours going again. Thanks for using Fixya!

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Hi chico,
Welcome to FixYa.
My name is John. I will be assisting you with your issue.
I still have a couple of these around,, they are really good sets,
how ever, the sweep tube is getting weak. You will need a tube checker to check it.
These tube,s are getting hard to find, and if you can find it, some are $100.00 a piece.
Some are even higher than that. If I can be of help, let me know.
Thanks for choosing FixYa.
Happy Holidays.........John

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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    Sweep tube? John, what era are you living in? The only tube is the CRT and that has nothing to do with the poster's problem.

  • JOHN BABA Jan 02, 2011

    Sorry about that pgh_pa_guy. You are right, I should have read the question more carefully, but I was about half asleep. I thought it was talking about the old tube type TV, ha,ha.
    I guess I will have to pay more attention to that next time.

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