Flat screen TV, screen went black. Junk or fixable?

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  1. Paul53

    Paul53 You local friendly Skynet dealer

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    FWIW: I tried the search function a couple of times, it just takes me to a weird useless screen.

    Have a large flat screen TV. A couple of months ago a vertical black bar appeared on the left side. Over time it progressed from left to right until now there's no picture at all. Sound still works. Are these things fixable or just throw away?

    Any suggestions on the subject are appreciated. I'm not a total newby to electrical stuff, got a degree back when vacuum tubes ruled and flat screen tvs were just in the movie 2001.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    With the price of a lot of tvs nowadays, you can probably just buy a new one for the price to fix the old one. We live in a throwaway society.
     
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  3. DaveD

    DaveD Ex-Mod Moderator Millennium Member

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    Toss and get an amazing OLED !!!
     
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    M&P15T All Hail King Kona

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    It's trash.

    Check the prices on new TVs. They're dirt cheap. A few hundred dollars gets you an impressive TV.
     
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    cyberghostx13 USMC "The Few The Proud"

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    Well it would be helpful to have three pieces of information.

    1.) Brand
    2.) Year(How Old)
    3.) Price Paid
     
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    I took apart my old plasma and got rid of the black bars by cleaning the connections of the ribbons and putting it back together. Worked fine for a couple months then it started again so I tossed it. Save yourself the trouble and just toss it and get a new one.
     
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    Ramjet38 Mentally Frozen

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    When was the last time you saw a tv repairman?
     
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    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    I would add:
    Size
    display type
    Smart TV?
     
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    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    Back when there was a tube store up the street with a testing machine?
     
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    Put a $10 price tag on it, put it by the curb. It'll be gone within hours.
     
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    Ramjet38 Mentally Frozen

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    Mark it free.
     
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    ShipWreck Beretta 92 Nut!

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    Years ago, I got rid of an old, high end Viewsonic CRT computer monitor. It had a very high refresh rate and was very expensive. I replaced it with an LCD.

    Well, I could not sell it - no one wants a CRT. I could not even give it away. I had it on the curb for 2 days with a "free sign." No one would pick it up. I had to throw it away afterwards
     
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    Did you try plugging it in?

    Take it to the gravel pit put a 12 gauge slug through it then put a free sign on it on someone else’s curb.
     
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    The only “Free” TVs worth taking are old rear projection ones. The big fresnel lens is fun to play with. The rest of the unit is junk.
     
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    RoyHinkley Just some guy

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    If you mark it free no one will pick it up.

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    I have a 10 YO plasma. It now frequently loses the top half of the picture. If I turn it off for a minute, the problem goes away, at least for a while. I realize it is not work fixing. At some point I'll just dump it and get a new one. Don't think I'll drop for OLED, unless it gets much cheaper. But a 75" FALD 4K LED backlit LCD would do the job.
     
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    cyberghostx13 USMC "The Few The Proud"

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    My mom did that stuff back in the 50s. She'd get all up in the back of that Zenith and pull out the bad tube then send it with me to the drug store for a replacement. Matchbook would stabilize the tuner. Ain't moms grand.
     
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    cyberghostx13 USMC "The Few The Proud"

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    On the other channel from Monty Python's "Bicycle Repairman".
     
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    Paul53 You local friendly Skynet dealer

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    Paul53 You local friendly Skynet dealer

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    Serious? I've seen everything by Monty Python multiple times starting with "And Now for Something Different" in the 70's. Never saw a bicycle repairman skit! Not here for an argument.
     
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    Probably fixable, but you need to look at price of parts and if you want to attempt the fix.

    The first two troubleshooting steps are unplug for 24 hours then apply newer or newest firmware It doesn't need to be that long but it definitely takes the guesswork out and gives you time to research. If you allow the system to auto update, the newest firmware may be the pertinent.

    I have a temporary recurring problem and probably won't attempt a fix. A Bravia may be in the future after hearing complaints about different manufacturers.
     
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