My TV green with envy?

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  1. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    So, I flip on the ol' television and it's a commercial for some dumb movie. It only shows a field of green.
    "Must be someone down at the station screwin' up! It is nearly midnight..."
    and I flip the channel down.
    That one is also green.
    I turn it off and on, that doesn't help.
    I try to access the menu. I press the button but the familiar pink menu doesn't come on. It's still green!!


    Is there any way to fix this? It's like a 8+ year old CRT TV. Worth probably like $10, if that. I've never EVER gotten NBC well, and I likes watchin' me my news and Scrubs. I could spend hours watching PBS.
    Will smacking it help?
    I could also degrade it and call it names.

    I'd rather not buy a new one. They're so expensive and knowing me, I'd for a LCD and wall-mount it so save space.. then I'd be sooo tempted to get a wii. BUT I haven't been paid since Feb 16. No, really. I haven't been paid. For a month and ten days.

    Any help? I can still hear what's going on but it really hurts to look at. :(
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Why not buy a USB TV tuner for your Mac and spend even more time with it. :p

    Oh yeah, besides, the money thing.

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  3. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    Hunch over my PowerBook with an antenna, trying to view video. No thanks. :D

    Also, when I'm vegged out watching the TeeVee, I turn on F@H. Might as well do something productive by proxy when I'm half-comatose. :p
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    I kid.

    Have you tried wiggling the cables? It's probably something simple like a weak solder joint inside the unit, but you might get some temporary improvement by reconnecting the inputs and cleaning the contacts that way.

    To think that once upon a time there were people who would come to your house to repair such things...

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  5. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    It has a coax antenna input only. If I take it out, I still get a blurred out Channel 2 and channel 8 (NBC and PBS, respectively). No dice. They're green!
    *pouty face*
     
  6. takao macrumors 68040

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    well i remember having the same problem once with a PC screen but there it was turning red slowly i think it it might to do something with degenerating in the alignment over time ... sometimes smacking it on the right side helped

    but you can turn your tv slowly to see on what axis it might be (if it's a small and light tv ;) )
     
  7. rdowns Suspended

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    The VSA* was invented to correct CRT television problems. Give it a good smack on the right hand side. IF that doesn't work, repeat on the left hand side. For extreme problems, smack both sides at the same time. Also worked wonders in the early 90s on computers.





    *Vertical Slam Adjustment
     
  8. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    Ergh, that didn't work. Looks like I get to save up and use the VISA instead.
     
  9. pianoman181 macrumors regular

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    Yes, use russian enginuity. WHACK THE **** OUT OF IT. I find with CRTs (most usually computer monitors, but TVs too) on the fritz, a good, SOLID whack to the top-right sometimes fixes the problem. Someitmes give it a few good hits.
     
  10. yg17 macrumors G5

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    In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!






    Sorry, I had to do that :D
     
  11. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

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    this happened to one of my Monitors long ago... it was a 36" crt monitor that i had a HTPC hooked up to in the living room. (monster at the time, weighed like 280 lbs :eek:) The reds just blew out one day... everything i tried to watch was blue/green. dealt with it for about 3 days and then caved...

    bought a nice new shiny HDTV :) and recycled the moniter
     
  12. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    :eek:

    I thought my 20" was big...

     
  13. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    You put your right fist in
    you put your right fist out
    you put your left fist in
    and you pound it all about

    You do the punchy punchy
    and you turn it upside-down
    that's what it's all about!
     
  14. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    T'was this improv?
     
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Reminds me of the local trailer trash.

    Needs about 30 beers to make the tv punch story work...

    Man punches tv
     
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Yes. This is what happens when Abstract is bored.



    I was thinking about TVs when I wrote that, but come to think about it, you can apply it to babies as well.
     
  17. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    Or bread-making, what with punching down the dough and all.

    but looks like I need to get a new TV. My will-be-over-in-2-weeks job owes me $441 after taxes (I estimated tax to be 15%), so I'll just get a new TV after they pay me. I'd get it now and just charge it, but I don't want to be stuck up a creek with a TV and no paddle.
     
  18. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Worked wonders on my last TV. Plus, it works on people too! :D
     
  19. Done-on-a-Mac macrumors member

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    I had an old Heath Kit tv go out on me a while back. Turned it on and the screen started to pinch in the middle. It looked like an hour glass. I did the same; shake it, tilt it, slap it, punch it, kick it, broke it :rolleyes: . Needless to say I went out and got a newer TV. This was back in 1994-5. That was an old TV to begin with. It was built in the 70's by my dad. Had about 20+ years on it.

    It could be that a menu setting for color has been changed. But I think your TV has gone to TV heaven seeing how you said it was green when you turned it on.

    - Scott
     
  20. sycho macrumors 6502a

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    The exact same thing happened to my family's 5 year old Toshiba set a few weeks back. It was turning green and pink, but never normal. Phoned up and a teacher from college, he said he'll take a look at it (When your old telecom / industrial electronics teacher is the Toshiba tech in town, it helps lots). I am going to go talk to him tomorrow, hopefully he fixed it, not that I really want it back after my dad bought a Sony 30HS420 HD CRT:D .
     
  21. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    I ended up buying a 15" LCD TeeVee from target. It was on sale this week. Oh, well.
     
  22. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    Cool, time to get your Wii on ;)
     
  23. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    I WOULD IF I COULD!!! There aren't any in Houston! :( I'm so waiting, though! Gonna put it out in the family room so my nephew and I can play games with each other. :p
    Gonna use that thing to get all in-shape. Wii workout plan, aww ya. :)
     
  24. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    just curious why you didn't do the craigslist thing for the TV?

    Admit it, you wanted that sexy little LCD TV? Didn't you? You can tell me, I won't tell anyone...
     
  25. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    I checked, but there weren't any really good TVs that jumped out at me.
    Also if it breaks in the first x days, I'll have somewhere to return it to. If a CL one breaks on me, I get to track down whoever sold it to me...
     

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