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TV turns its self on and off

I have an RCE 20F424T 20" I purchased about a year ago. It has worked relatively well -- a few problems with sound and picture quality. But the most recent problem is that the TV turns itself on and off and when I use the remote to get to the guide the pointer is running and up and down the guide. It turns itself on then turns back off and blinks on and off for long minutes at a time. I want to hold onto this TV until I can afford an HD TV then I'll replace it. Until then I need this one ... I hope you can help.

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  • Anonymous Aug 10, 2008

    Mine has the same problem.

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    Same problem here. TV only 4 months old!

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    se bloquea el tv rca 20f424t necesito software de la memoria eeprom

  • lugndou Aug 21, 2008

    Had TV 8 months then it began turning on-and-off on it's own.

  • 25shawnee Aug 26, 2008

    I have this problem as well. It started by just randomly changing channels and now sometimes will not even turn off. None of the buttons on the TV work, you have to use the remote, but when you turn on the TV it only goes through settings in the menu.

  • 2boysmd Sep 08, 2008

    My TV is 8 months old and it is doing the exact same thing. It turns on and off all by itself. The volume goes up on it's own. My 7 year old son uses this TV for his video games and it really freaks him out.

  • thayden2004 Oct 07, 2008

    I purchased my tv about 9 months ago and it is used as a bedroom tv. Therefore, the tv doesn't get used often at ALL maybe 3 to 4 hrs every week or so. So I was in my living room reading and I hear the tv come on in my bedroom. I thought I was going crazy!!! The only thing is that I was not. My parents TV is an RCA and its lasted over 20 years... every since I can remember. It is sad to see such a decline in the quality of their products. A tv should last much more than a mere 9 months especially with the lack of times I even use the dang TV!!!!!! I will NEVER buy another product from RCA AGAIN... this is ridiculous.. Check out, go to electronics, and type in 20F424T and you will be amazed at how many people have complained about RCA products, including this specific TV... IT is absolutely SAD that a company can get away with this... I will be reporting this to the BBB and I urge you all to do the same...

  • rierie64 Oct 21, 2008

    I have the same problem with the on/off thing. The TV is only 6 months old and is in my 8 year old daughters room. She cant watch TV in her room anymore and I have to keep it un-plugged. RCA needs to address this problem and find a solution.

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    same here turns on &off by itself this is a recall rca needs to fix the product got it in feb.08 can't use it nov.08.... 9months later my son can't watch his t.v he paid for with his b-day money that really pissed us off rca need to look in to it now...

  • JWP_516 Feb 16, 2009

    I have RCA 20" DTV Flat screen model 20F424T . turns itself off and on. bought at WALMART.



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Greetings. I had the same problem with my 29" RCA, and it was easy to repair. I opened the back cover of my tv and just disconected the two wires cable that connect with the upper controler (volume, chanels, etc); and now it is working OK; but I must operate the tv only with the remote controler.

I hope this could help you.


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My TV is 2 months old....doing the same thing...they need to recall these horrible tv's!

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The microprocessor is bad.

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