FanofUlf wrote:HDTV repair problem.
I have a 40 inch Samsung Model Number: LN40A630M1F
About two weeks ago, it began flickering. It only happens within the 1st 30 minutes of it being turned on...it will have a fade, flickering on most of the screen. It goes away after 20 minutes. If you "touch" the side panel, that helps too.
My TV is 3 years old and not under warranty. SOL or can I get a cheap fix or Samsung to pay. Angers me, I paid 1200 and researched good models for about one year.
there isnt much you can do. if it helps take the sting out of it, you could buy the 40D630 (2011 model) for half of what you paid.
its going to be over $100 for someone to even look at it. if its the backlight, that might be a (relatively) inexpensive repair. if the panel is going bad it would never be worth it.
you have to keep in mind though that when something begins failing on a tv it typically puts abnormal stress on other components inside the set. so even if it is something in the power supply that you fix it could be damaging the backlight or panel while its failing.
I suggested to him to leave all his peripherals in the closet behind the TV. Are there universal IR blasters that work with any cable box? Or do you have to get a model specific one?
yes there are. basically its a wire that you will stick somewhere that you can point your remote at, and then run the wire to wherever the hidden component is and stick that end of it right over top of the ir receiver on the component. there are other more complex
expensive set ups (involving rf) that you can do if you want to stash it in the closet and not run wires.
another option (what im going to do today actually) is run the hdmi cord thru the wall and into a cabinet somewhere that fits aesthetically. bachelor pad ftw!