Troubleshooting TV Picture Problems

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What are some troubleshooting steps I can take if my TV picture is bad?

Troubleshooting TV Picture Problems

Before you call for TV repair help, let's start with the easy stuff. Is the power cord plugged in?

  • If the TV is plugged into a power strip, is the strip turned on?
  • Are your cables bent, pinched or just too long? Any of these can degrade the picture quality. Try to use source-to-screen cables that are no more than three feet.
  • Does the problem occur with all sources, or just one? If only one TV channel is having problems, that will help you narrow down the issue. The same may be true if DVDs play well, but cable comes in badly.



11/9/2011 10:20:04 AM
sam bauman said:

my, 8 year old, panasonic 35" tv, picture screen takes about an hour, to fill up the screen. When I first turn the tv on, I only get about a 1/8" horizontal light across the middle of my picture screen. Once the picture screen finally comes on, the picture is fine. Does this mean my tv is on its last legs?


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