I have a 32" Sony KDL-V32XBR2 whose power board has gone out due to our house wiring (long story, and getting longer). It died one week after my 1 year warranty and all of the Sony reps (I kept calling back) were (sorry for language) a**h***s. Said "tough", and one hung up on me in mid-sentence.
In between verbal abuses, I found out they wanted $90 for a new power board, which might or might not be the end of my problems. Almost always, when a power board goes out there is a surge that knocks something out on some other board or boards (which were like $160 up to $390 in price, or something like that -- more than the TV is worth today in working condition adding in power board and subtracting I'm doing the installs).
Yet, this is a good 720p monitor at 32", which has to be worth some cash or maybe value to me if I can run it off of an external receiver, driver, or using the internal driver board.
I'm an EE but I can't solder worth a poop and everything is SMT anyways (can't even see them they are so small), so hacking this thing into something else unless I can get some datasheets and three more 'scopes to see the clocking is not going to happen soon.
Ideas? Pop for the $90 and if that doesn't work use the board to run my fans in my computer? Seems a logical first step, but if no-go, then what? Sell for $90? Fly over Japan and drop the TV on Sony HQ?
And on a related but unrelated issue...
Is there a forum or thread or link where I can get some information about intercepting the digital receiver output to the RF Modulator (probably just a bus between two 2,000,000-pin ASICS and bring it right into my computer "as-is"? If I can nab it there, I can get a friend to write some C to let my computer take it and put it in a format I can save streaming or watch with a slight delay.
Using one very good variation on a helical antenna design I got from an ARRL book, I can use the 4 coupons from neighbors I have already and bypass the whole TV-Card thing. If I get a few more I can stream all channel info into Windows Media (I think) and make my own multicast DVR.
Hey, it's a good dream. If I can't do it I can find someone who can. Hardware hackers (I do stereo stuff mostly but need to get back into uprocessor-controlled) live for this kind of thing. I think we get a high off of it.
Oh, if this violates the byzantine Dig. Mill. Act, don't tell anyone. They'd have to arrest me for taking personally purchased hardware and using it for strictly personal use only. Knowing Sony, they'd have their lawyer send me a threatening letter or something...
This is one absolutely killer forum by the way. To the point, smart, and well-informed opinions with a smattering of gossip. Love it.