Avoiding 'screen burn' on LCD TV

  Pineman100 13:35 09 May 2009

My wife and I are staying in a friend's house. He has a huge flat-panel Sharp Aquos LC-42XD1E LCD television, with Freeview.

We are Radio 4 addicts, and as there's no radio in the house, we've been listening to it on the TV. After a particularly long days's radio, yesterday, we switched to a TV channel for the evening.

All through the evening's TV viewing, we could see on the screen a 'ghost' of the radio text. In case you've never seen this text, it's a stationary design of boxes containing descriptive text of the current radio programme.

This was a considerable worry for us - we thought we might have ruined the screen. However, after a night switched off, the ghosting was gone.

We have no manual for the TV, and I was wondering whether such devices usually include a 'screensaver' function, in order to prevent this ghosting. If they do, can anyone please advise me how to find the function?

Also, if the stationary radio screen is used a great deal, does the screen ghosting eventually become permanent?

  Sea Urchin 13:43 09 May 2009

Don't know the answer to your question, but here is a link to download the user manual

click here

  mooly 13:48 09 May 2009

LCD's are totally immune to image burn. Without seeing it it's impossible to say, but screen damage it isn't. Could be an electronic artifact, weird I know, but stranger things have happened.
Try again and this time just switch off and back on. If the image has gone it's some strange "characteristic" I would say, but 100% not screen damage.

  Pineman100 14:35 09 May 2009

Sea Urchin - thanks for finding that for me. I can't see anything relating to a screensaver, so I guess it's not an available function. mooly's answer may explain that.

mooly - many thanks for the reassurance. Maybe we should just have switched off and on again before panicking! However, as I said, the 'ghost' was gone the next day, and it's reassuring to know that we don't have to worry about it.

Many thanks again.

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