When it comes to Sharp television systems, here’s what you need to understand. Sharp television systems make use of several lights in indicating activity and potential errors. If there’s any blinking activity on the Sharp TV OPC (Optical Picture Control) light, it is most likely that there’s an error. If the light is constantly blinking, you must troubleshoot in order to narrow down the problem and seek solutions. Problems can pop up from hardware issues or from the firmware installed on the television. Once you have diagnosed the situation, you will have to determine the best possible solution for the television.
So, let’s start with diagnosing the problem:
Diagnosing the Problem – How to Troubleshoot a Sharp TV With the OPC Light Flashing
If the Sharp TV is not turning on, the power lights are blinking or other issues come up while the Sharp TV OPC light is blinking do this. Attempt to determine if the problem is hardware or firmware related. Feel the television set for excessive heat. This is because overheating can indicate a broken fan or another malfunctioning piece of hardware. This may be causing the television to run without displaying the screen. But if the television is not overheating or making irregular noises, it may be an issue that is related to firmware or updates.
Reset and Updates – How to Troubleshoot a Sharp TV With the OPC Light Flashing
Before you attempt to carry out any expensive physical repairs, you need to run a full reset and any updates. You have to start by running a power cycle reset. As such, you have to:
- Unplug the television and hold on for a few minutes and allow the power to drain off.
- Then plug the television directly into the wall to rule out a bad power strip.
- Then turn the TV back on and check the light.
- In case the light keeps flashing, you have to run a factory reset. This will help delete stored data and return the television to its original factory settings. Note however, that you would lose any saved apps and passwords. But a fresh start may solve the issue.
- To run a factory reset, simply unplug the power again.
- Simultaneously, you can press and hold the “input” and “channel down” buttons on the remote.
- Then plug the TV back into power and hold on for the television to start while you hold down these buttons.
- Choose “Service Mode” from the menu.
- Then choose “Factory Reset” to restore the original settings.
- Hold on until the television shuts down and restarts before checking the OPC light.
Hardware Problems –
Where the full reset fails to fix the problem, a hardware malfunction may exist. Note that fixing hardware requires specialty parts as well as the ability to take the television apart to access and replace parts. This process is quite advanced and as such not recommended for anyone without special skills and tools. You can have your television analyzed by a professional and get a repair quote in order to determine if the hardware is worth the repair price. Another option you can also use can be checking the television for a warranty or electing for a replacement. This can even turn out to be one of the best decisions you can make.