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TV keeps turning off after 30 seconds

It was working fine and i put a VCR tape in and it turned off in about 30 seconds. I turned it back on and it kept trying to eject itself (without me pushing eject) and after 30 seconds turned off. We finally got the tape out. It turned off again. When turning it on it tries ejecting when there is no tape in and it goes thru the ejecting process and turns it self off. This all happens in about 30 seconds. I have tried going to the menu, but i only have 30 seconds and by the time i get anywhere, it turns off. I have tried pushing stop and other buttons. Nothing happens.

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  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2007

    Same problem, no other fixes?? Old TV not worth much..

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This is usually a sign that a function has not completed or a switch has stuck in an incorrect position. eject can only happen if the sensor (either optical or mechanical senses that a tape is present. The swich might be stuck or the sensor might be blocked or bad. You can open up the unit and try to determine if the sensors are not being blocked by any of the mechanical parts of the unit. You will need the service docs to show you where the components are located. I hope this helps. Shuttle83

Posted on Sep 06, 2007

  • Europa76 Nov 13, 2010

    Ah, yes. Symphonic. This TV brand is possessed I swear.

    A solution:
    One thing I tried that worked was seeing if I could put in a tape. If something seemed to be blocking it I would get something long (a flat butterknife in my case) and push back this little metal "switch" on the right side that is just barely above the bottom part of the metal holder for the tape. The Tv has to be on when you do this but be VERY CAREFUL. Do NOT touch anything else with your tool, especially the things below the tape holder! This stuff is extremely sensitive.
    Now this little metal switch will be able to be pushed back. What you have to do is keep pushing it till the metal tape holder moves down. What this switch does is signal the tv that there is a tape being inserted in. Now because you don't have an actual tape inside it's going to start getting stuck.

    (When you keep hearing the last sound the VCR makes after you put in a tape that means it's stuck). When that happens right away press the eject button. It will pop the tape holder back into it's "empty spot". Your Tv has finished a task, so it should stay on and function normally after that.

    (By the way I wouldn't recommend taking APART your Tv. That is extremely dangerous! If you have to end up taking it apart it's better to take it to a TV repair specialist)

    Yes this question is 3 years old, but this TV brand has given me so much hell I felt it necessary to give actual good advice on it. :)

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I had the same problem, I had my brother check it out and for me it was a small piece of yarn down in the VCR cubby hole..heheh...anyway...works great now and I hope it's as simple as that for you.........Valerie

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