How to Troubleshoot a Rolling Picture on a TV

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A rolling television picture is a problem that can occur in today's color televisions, just as it did in the old days of the black-and-white reception and rabbit-ear antennas. When the television display appears to scroll from the top to bottom of the screen or visa versa, the TV is temporarily suffering from a rolling picture. Read on to learn how to troubleshoot a rolling picture on a TV.

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  1. 1

    Change channels to see if all available channels are rolling. If all channels are rolling continue, proceed to the next step. If only one channel is rolling, skip to Step 4.

  2. 2

    Locate the vertical-hold, or V-hold, button on the television set.

  3. 3

    Turn the vertical-hold button slowly until the displayed picture slows and eventually stops rolling. If the picture rolling speed increases, slowly turn the vertical hold button in the opposite direction until the picture is still.

  4. 4

    Call the cable or satellite company if only one channel is rolling. A single-rolling channel signals a reception problem that you can't resolve by simply rotating the V-hold button.

Tips and warnings

  • The vertical hold button is often located at the back of the television set. If the television is part of an entertainment system, there are often many wires leading to and from the television and other electrical equipment. Exercise caution when moving the television set to avoid inadvertently unplugging cable wires.
  • Although this is a simple process, it's easier to have two people to resolve the problem. One can venture behind the television, and the other can notify when the picture display stops rolling.
  • Remove all objects from the top of your television set to avoid damage or personal injury.

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