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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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My extended warranty company just paid me out for my unfixable 4661. It had black lines that would randomly appear horizontally across the top 1/3 of the screen. Sometimes it would be fine and then they'd randomly go nuts. The TV also started developing dark water marks on the right side of the screen, stain-like. The tech said the stains were due to a bad panel, something from the panel separating inside and causing the staining/shadow effect.
The tech did examine all the boards, fuses and capacitors for the horizontal line problem and all of the insides of the TV looked fine, from what he could tell, nothing was charred or blown. He also noted that the inside of the TV was extremely hot! While it's obvious for electronics to run warm, he couldn't touch any of the inside metal or plastic for more than a few seconds without it feeling like it was burning his hand.
Aside from the warranty company not wanting to replace the whole panel, due to cost, they couldn't find any replacement parts at all for the model anyway. So they gave me $805 dollars for the set, which they deemed was the fair market value for a comparable 46" model. I paid $1500 for the TV in 2008, so it stings a little, but I can go buy a decent 46" with $800 bucks so I'm happy. I just thought I'd post this for the sake of info for anyone else.
Quote:Of course, I got it modified with the TK-427, which cheeks it up another, maybe, 3 or 4 quads per channel.