I've got an issue and would appreciate any thoughts that will help me determine what needs servicing.
Recently, a display problem appears in a vertical band about 2-3 inches wide just to the left of center. Most notably, when the picture changes, I'll see some streaking or pixelation noise in the band. After a second or two, the noise will settle down, but the image appears 'offset' to the right a bit. It's almost like a Photoshop clone tool was used straight down the set. It's most noticeable when verticle lines or circles appear in this band. It also happens at all resoltuions (but less so at lower res) and occurs when viewing the TV menu regardless of the input being used.
Once I get the serial number, I'll call Sumsung, but the tv (LN-T4661F) is more than 2.5 years old, and I've pulled the power cable for 30 mins and disconnected all inputs to test cleanly. My firmware screen has both mentions of 1007 and 1011, so I doubt it's a firmware thing (but I wish it was).
What would be the most likely culprit? I want to avoid paying for a part that's not the solution.
Are there Samsung service centers I can drop the set off with? Or do people find no difference in cost or quality by letting someone come visit?
I'm still trying to determine what causes this issue to appear. I'm currently wondering if it could be a humidity or noisy power issue. I also wonder if something's overheating since the room is filled with dust from rolls of burlap. I threw out my back, which is delaying my project of taking it down for a cleaning.
Here's a couple images showing the problem. The first shows the 'offset' while the second has blank area showing the 'dancing' activity that also appears. This happens even viewing OTA shows, usually during the fine print in car ads.