When I started the new job I finally got around to asking someone about Fringe Tax Benefits. In Australia, if you work for a non-profit you can get your employer to pay a certain amount of your wage directly to certain things, like rent or credit card debt. That amount of money is considered tax free. It's a way to make up for the relatively low pay in the sector.

So I've set things up so that they'll pay my rent directly, but there's still some room. In fact, from January to March you can put in more than normal. I decided I needed to get some credit card debt quickly, so I finally got around to buying a TV.

The new TV is 32 inches of big, black shiny shining shineyness. It practically has its own event horizon.

Now if only I could work out how to turn it on.

*headdesk*
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From: [identity profile] japester.livejournal.com


I had that at a previous place of ungainful employment. They let me spend stuff on my credit card and then paid it off. That was nifty.
It still wasn't enough to make up for the excessively crap pay.

We hit a similar problem with our shiney new LCD tv a couple of months ago. look on the side, there might be buttons there ...

From: [identity profile] crypticgirl.livejournal.com


Ooh, thank you for the tip about the button. My light bulb in the lounge room has blown out (AGAIN) but when I have a way of effectively looking, I will do so. :)

From: [identity profile] veil-le-pantera.livejournal.com


Try pressing the "On" switch. Sometimes located at the wall, sometimes at the base or side of the screen, sometimes on the remote.

If in doubt, try looking up "how to" guides on the internet, calling a friend, hiring an expert installer, or if really stuck, read the manual.

From: [identity profile] crypticgirl.livejournal.com


Aha. I was wondering what to do after screaming at the TV and then glaring at it balefully didn't work. Emotional blackmail was next on the list. Then I was thinking of tracking down its immediate family members and 'bringing' them to it, one small, bloodied piece of coloured wire at a time until it saw the error of its ways, but your ideas have some merit too.

SRSLY: I'm assuming I've missed something basic and/or visual. I've had a quick look at the manual and what I've done *should* work.

From: [identity profile] blarglefiend.livejournal.com


Samsung have their manuals online (I think I'm remembering correctly -- you were going for the 1080p 32" Samsung LCD, yes?). It's a mouseover menu thing at the top of the page, Support then Downloads then use the silly Flash-based thing to select your model.

A vague guess at the model got me a manual which says it goes into standby as soon as it's plugged in and the wall socket is on. The power button on the TV is the bottom one in a set on the front-right, but if the batteries are in the right way around the remote should also do it. Remote power button is top-left, which is pretty much the usual for Samsung gear.

Anyway, grab the PDF of the manual, you'll have an easier time trying to read it than the dead-tree.

From: [identity profile] crypticgirl.livejournal.com


Yeah, this is as far as I've gotten - and I've been reading the printed manual with a magnifier. Press the "POWER" button and nothing happens. I think I've missed something really basic.

From: [identity profile] crypticgirl.livejournal.com


Oh, and thanks for looking this stuff up. :) I do appreciate it, even if my 'first-thing-in-the-morning' response doesn't quite convey that.

From: [identity profile] blarglefiend.livejournal.com


Have you ever plugged anything else into that particular wall socket? If not, try something else.

If you have, and the socket is fine, and it's definitely turned on at the wall, I'd say you've got a DOA unit and should call the store to get it replaced.
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