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Erratic problems on late model GE, RCA, or ProScan TV

Problems with bad solder connections, mostly in and around the tuner are very common with several series of late model (e.g., CTC175/176/177 chassis) RCA/GE/Proscan TVs. Ignoring these erratic and intermittent problems can lead to serious damage including failure of the EEPROM and possibly other expensive ICs. Therefore, it is essential to deal with the solder connections as soon as these symptoms appear. The repairs are straightforward though perhaps tedious. Thomson may reimburse for reasonable cost of repairs.

Some of the common symptoms include:

See the document: RCA/GE TV CTC175-187+ Solder Connection and EEPROM Problems for additional information on these types problems including repair procedures and approaches to getting coverage from Thomson Electronics.