Red LED on TV Front Panel

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Old 10-14-12, 10:41 AM
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Red LED on TV Front Panel

I have this Toshiba 38 CRT HD TV since 2001 and the on/off function on the remote control does not work any more (everything else on the remote works).

The TV has a tinny red LED in the front panel and when I press (manually) the on/off button on the TV this red LED lights up and then when I turn the satellite receiver on (with the remote) I see the picture on the TV.

I just wonder what the purpose of the red LED is;

To say that the TV is on standby or that the TV is ON (at full power)?
If I leave it on at all times, does it matter?
Does it consume a lot of electricity?
Is it safe to leave it ON at all times?
 
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If the power button on the remote still works on the sat. receiver, it means the remote is not defective. I think you just need to re-enter the code for your TV in the remote. You might want to put fresh batteries in before you do that because you usually lose the codes when you remove the batts. The red LED means the TV is on.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 01:34 PM
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Thanks Toolmon but its not the batteries neither I lost the code; its the remote receiver on the TV thats gone.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 08:10 PM
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I have two Toshiba TV's of that vintage, and the red LED indicates the TV is powered up. When the LED is off, the TV is powered down, but of course the remote receiver is still using a minute amount of power. You might try a universal remote, as those are pretty cheap. It sounds like the IR receiver in the TV is still working OK, since it recognizes all remote signals except the power signal. I certainly wouldn't leave the TV on (LED lit red) at all times, as it will waste a lot of power and wear out the TV much quicker.

Is the remote in question the factory remote or a universal one? The factory remote has a permanent code and does not need to be reset when changing batteries. Also -- is it the factory remote which can also control a DVD player,VCR, satellite receiver, etc? Make sure you have the TV button selected, because if you accidently pressed the DVD button for example, the remote will think you're trying to power up/down the DVD player when you press the main power switch.

For example, with my Toshiba remote, if I wanted to power up both the TV and a satellite receiver, I'd have to push the TV button, then hit power, then hit the satellite button, and hit power again. The main power button does not automatically default to TV.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 10:55 PM
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Much appreciate your time Beachboy.

Now Im sure what the LED is on the TV and glad I always switched off the power on the TV.

My remote was provided by Bell when I got my satellite dish connected and controls the satellite, TV, DVD and the sound system but its about 4 years now that the IR receiver on the TV is gone. My remote cant control any functions of the TV anymore and I did try many things like using the original TV remote, universal ones etc. and Im sure it is the TV IR receiver and so I gave up. But Im able to change the channels thru the satellite receiver so is not that bad

My remote functions like you describe for your Toshiba receiver
 
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