After owning the TV for 5 years and moving cross-country, all of a sudden the picture-in-picture screen shows up in the bottom right section of the TV. We have never used that feature and, in the course of moving, we lost the original remote. We've tried several ways of fixing the problem and nothing seems to work. Any ideas? RGB in Seattle
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Re: Picture-in-picture won't go away
There should be a menu button the tv, press it and navigate using the vol+ / - and ch + / - muttons, look in the menu for vide setup and picture in picture, just disable picture in picture mode.,, You can get anoter remote by contacting the manufacture of the tv and asking them for one, they will ship it for you
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Five blinks is the error code for an AKB (auto kine bias) error. What this means is that the set isn't able to balance the three color guns (red, green and blue) of the picture tube properly, and it's blanking out the screen.
To get the proper colors, the signals for the three colors need to be balanced, and Sony sets have circuitry to do this automatically. Other brands don't, and when they go out of balance you see a picture that starts to show tinting or colors that are off. As the picture tube ages, it gets harder to adjust the balance until finally the AKB circuit can't anymore, and poof, the picture goes away. With a 17-year-old tube, it's not surprising.
There isn't anything that can be done to fix the picture tube, it would need to be replaced. But the cost of the tube and the work required to get it set up after installation makes it completely uneconomical to repair this TV. A new picture tube is nearly $200. Then special tools are required to
set the tube up (a process called convergence), so you'd need to find
someone to put it in, and possibly pay to have the old one disposed of. A new 32-inch LCD set is around $350 now. Treat yourself to a new one.
It sounds like the picture tube may be weak (because it's orange) but it going to half ascreen is not caused by the picture tube but likely a vertical circuit problem. If this problem happened suddenly (going orange) then the picture tube is probably good and at least worth bringing in for an estimate.
Several possibilities, if you use a set top box to get your signal like a cable box or satellite receiver they will have settings that effect picture size. It could be a high voltage problem inside the TV causing an effect called blooming, if that is it you can usually change brightness and or contrast and see the picture get smaller and larger. I don't recall that set having any customer settings that could give that symptom.
keep tv off.
it will only get wors
if sumon dosent work on it soon
the problem you are having in the vertical section of the tv
hav a repairman resolider all conection on the vertical IC and check the serounding componets for falts.
PS the repair takes me about 15 min.
Depending on age, it sounds as if picture tube has an intermintent short in the red gun. tap on the center of the screen to see if it goes away, if it does,I would strongly say that the tube is gone; but you could try openning it and check if the crt board is mounted on the tube's neck properly. do this at your own risk since you might get a shock if not familiar on how to handle tv's.