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My Hitachi 42hdf52a when powered on doesn't scroll the input

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My Hitachi 42hdf52a when powered on doesn't scroll the input options it stays on analog. It used to change automatically now I have to manually change it to YPbPr everytime it powers on. Please help, Mario
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: TV
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority. Sorry to hear you’re having trouble. Mario, is the problem that you want it to default to a particular input when turned on, or that a specific input such as hdmi isn't available to choose?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes! The default is now set on analog.
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
You are still able to successfully select the desired input after start up though (dvi, component, etc) correct?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes on the remote the video button let's you scroll through the options
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
There is actually no specific default setting for this model within the user setup menu to allow a default input mode to be selected.Have you changed which ports/devices are connected at all? Have you tried going into the a/v menu, under setup, then reset?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The options are composite, s-video, YCbPa and YObPa under video. Analog is under PC button.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes I've tried everything! Lol
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
Have you changed, added, or removed any of the connections recently?The analog under pc is the vga input.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The cable box has always been under the YPbPa input
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
Do you have a vga cable connected now?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've reset the damn thing a hundred times
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
vga cable? What's that?
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
Do you have a vga cable connected now? Vga is the 15 pin connector, usually with a blue plug, for computers. Have you changed, added, or removed any of the connections recently?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No there is just 3 cables plugged in for video and 2 for audio
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This hitachi is very old! It doesn't have a hdmi slot
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Manufactured in May 2005
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The cables are the same for 10yrs!
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
Okay, if nothing has changed, then it would appear that the internal memory is corrupted.I understand it doesn't have hdmi, but it does have dvi which is comparable, though lower resolution. I've just verified that there is no service menu adjustment for default input either, so this behavior can only be coming from a memory/hardware problem, which isn't surprising to see with a tv of this age. There is one step you can take here, both as a possible fix, as well as a diagnostic evaluation1) Unplug the power cord from the tv2) Wait at least 1 hour (60+ Minutes)3) Press and hold the power button (on the set, not the remote) for 60 seconds4) Keep holding power button while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after. When plugging back in, go directly to the wall outlet, bypassing any power strips or surge protectors. If this reset process does not work, it would unfortunately confirm an internal hardware/memory failure. That means resolving this would entail replacing the eeprom that stores the tv settings, or more realistically replacing the main board, as there are no longer component parts available. In either case though you're better off either just living with it or replacing the tv entirely, as you'd spend as much or more to fix than you would to buy a whole new tv (in the $300 range either way). If it is defaulting to analog, you could always just switch to those analog inputs though to make life a bit simpler. Best regards,Nathan
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok Nathan. I'll give it a try. Should I let you know if it works?
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
Yes if you have a chance, please.