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Uh oh

Why is there no simple on/off switch to my new TV? I mean, it's got a switch labelled power on/off tucked away on the side, and it's got a power on/off-button on the remote, but all either one of these does is put the thing in stand-by mode?!

The manual is pretty clear about it, too: 'use the power on/off switch on the device, or the power on/off button on the remote control, to switch to stand-by mode'. And in the small print it recommends, that if you go on holiday, you do not forget to disconnect the power lead and the aerial cable, to save energy (and protect against possible fire hazards, although it doesn't say that of course) and switch it off completely.

WTF? I've got to unplug it every night if I want to be sure it's off? What's wrong with an old-fashioned on/off button that actually, you know, switches things on or off depending on your need?


May. 6th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
In the olden days, TVs took several minutes to warm up and start displaying anything on the screen. They got around the need to warm up the cathode ray tube (picture tube) by adding the "stand-by" mode, which looks like "off," but the tube is still powered up. That way, you get a picture almost instantly when you turn it on.

May. 6th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
I don't understand any of this igpay atinlay. ::hides in corner::
May. 7th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Yes, I do understand (although personally, I nevers aw the need for) the reasoning behind the stand-by mode...it's just that I don't understand why it should be the default option on any device, or in other words, why I should go through the entire manual very very carefully to find that the only way in which I can get it to switch off, is to a) unplug it at the mains or b) programme it to switch on/off at a set time every day.

As I was curious, I used the programming option last night. It switched off as required (no power or stand-by light visible)...now I'm equally curious to see if I can get it to switch back on tonight (I skipped that step in the programming).