Is my TV dying?

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  1. Bill_Rinaldi

    Bill_Rinaldi Auditioning

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    I own a Mitsubishi 27" TV that I bought when I was 16 back in 96. This TV has been great and still works like a champ. It even survived falling off a couch! However I have started to notice horizontal lines faintly in the background. You can only notice them on a completely black screen. What exactly is happening? I've seen this before on a old Sears brand TV. It usually means that its on its last legs.

    Is this something that I should be concerned with? It doesn't seem that a TV that is only 6 years old and especially a Mits. should be doing this. I want to get a HDTV Widescreen, but I'm not exactly ready to do it now.
     
  2. Jim FC

    Jim FC Stunt Coordinator

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    Bill,
    If the lines you see are moving or scanning across the screen, it is most likely a power-related problem. Monster Power makes an $80 surge protector that includes a circuit which cleans up the power a bit. I'd go buy one (from somewhere with a lenient return policy, of course) and plug it in, and see if the lines disappear. If it doesn't help, then there might be a problem with the TV after all, and you can return the surge (although it's not a bad idea to have a good one anyway).
    Your typical tube TV isn't going to last much more than 7-8 years - especially if it isn't plugged into a surge protector [​IMG] - so if it does fail soon you've gotten a pretty average lifespan out of it. Probably not worth fixing, as Mitsu hasn't made tube TVs in many years and parts are probably tough to come by (although a TV tech would know better than I).
     
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    Garrett Lundy Producer

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    It may be dying, but it's not dead till sparks shoot-out the connectors on the back. This is how I knew it was time to replace my Zenith with a new JVC. [​IMG]
    True Story.
     

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