Here’s how it goes down. You pull your TV dinner out of the oven, turn on the television, setup a TV tray and sit down on your couch ready to watch your favorite show.
Then the unthinkable happens! Just at the moment Wile E. Coyote is about to catch the Road Runner (beep, beep!), the picture starts rolling vertically up, then down the screen. Nooooo!!! Now I’ll never find out if Wile E. Coyote caught the Road Runner!
If you’re the lazy type and the TV exhibits vertical hold problems, and it’s rolling slow enough, you can still watch what’s on the tube and not have to get up to adjust it. But, if you’re having a horizontal hold problem, chances are, the picture is so skewed that the image is unwatchable.
Unfortunately, if I had to adjust the roll and/or skewing of the picture, the vertical and horizontal hold adjustment components were on the back of the TV. On my particular set (an RCA), it was recessed inside the back panel and you had to use a straight blade screwdriver poked through a small hole to make the adjustments.
While making the adjustments, my grumblings sounded something like this: “A little more, a little more, no, too much! Oh, right there, no, back the other way! Drat it all!” And that was just me talking to myself! I had to use a mirror so I could watch the screen, while I was fiddling with the adjusters on the back.
Fortunately with todays digital televisions, this problem has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But back when I was growing up, this was a constant headache when watching TV.
This post got me thinking, with this problem a thing of the past and with the addition of remote controls, I don’t have to constantly get up from the couch, walk over to the set, then walk back to the couch and sit down, just to adjust the TV. Hmm, how am I supposed to get any exercise. Well I guess I still have to put the DVD disk in the player.