what is that????

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  1. brian rudy

    brian rudy Auditioning

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    That's what I said as soon as I turned on my 4 year old panny tv. It is not hdtv. A black box appears about 5 seconds after the tv is turned on. The box covers almost all of the screen and is centered. If I change the channel the box disappears but returns after 5 seconds again. I played a dvd and the same thing happened, but when the chapters change the box disappears again for 5 seconds. I'm stumped and would love any help someone can give. I think it is just some setting that the kids changed or something since the picture is clear when it is on briefly.
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    Check the Closed Caption settings. Make sure to set them to off. It sounds like they are set on one of the Text Modes.
     
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    BrianDb

    Thanks a million. You must have kids. I'm sure one of mine got a little curious as to what all those buttons do. It was the closed caption setting. I was starting to convince myself that I was now going to need to buy a new tv. Maybe next time.
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    brian rudy,

    You haven't told your spouse it was just the CC have you???

    If not, it could mysteriously re-appear at random intervals over the next few weeks and perhaps lead to a necessary expedition in search of a new Widescreen HD-ready television of suitably large screen dimensions.
     
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    Yes, we do have a child. However she is only 2.5 and is not allowed to play with the remotes. The reason for guessing at the CC settings is that I can't stand to not try every setting on any piece of electronics that we own (much to the wife's dismay). When you utilize the TEXT settings it puts up a static black box rather than scrolling just 2 or 3 lines of text.
     
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    My older TV would only display the black box in Text mode if there was a Closed-Caption signal, but my Mitsubishi displays it whether there's a CC signal or not. I haven't seen the Text mode actually used on anything in recent years, but checking some old off-the-air tapes I found that ABC used this in the 80's- Text channel 1 was usually a listing of all closed-captioned shows airing that week, and channel 2 was news about the National Captioning Institute. I think they ran sports scores on one of these for awhile too. When I check it nowadays though there's never anything on it.
     

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