Originally Posted by mantar
So after replacing both PC boards with no success, Geek Squad replaced the Main board today , 30 days after my initial problem where a power surge killed my 65VT50 TV. This main board replacement worked.
The only problem? My HDMI inputs are flaky. HDMI1 is the only input that is PERFECT. HDMI2 (ARC) , HDMI 3 , HDMI 4 are flaky as hell. They won't recognize a signal most of the time. But after we started to keep taking cables off and putting them back on , switching sources (XFINITY X1, XFINITY secondary STB, Blu Ray, laptop), we finally got those to work too. But they won't work consistently. It's only been a few hours, so I will keep testing them. I wonder if it's a loose connection for everything but HDMI1. But aren't they all part of the same board? Sometimes if I jiggle them, I think it makes a connection because of that.
The Geek Squad tech said he would keep the issue open , just in case the issue never got better. If this is not fixed fully, I am guessing I am entitled to a replacement though I would rather not on a TV that is only 3 plus years old even if I could get a SAMSUNG 8000 Series for free and possibly $200 worth of credit along with it.(I paid nearly 2200 or 2300 for this TV and the Samsung is 2000 on sale).
Also, the default brightness seems 50 for all picture modes. I thought it varied in the different modes. I adjusted it back to where I wanted. I don't know if it's the 30 day absence of watching this TV, but the pic now seems to be softer than it was before.
Gentle Ben, regarding cost of repairing this TV. If I did not have extended warranty, I think each of the PC board replacements would hve been $500 or more. The main board, I am not sure. But the labor part looks easy as hell on these TVs. Just snap out and/or unscrew the old one and snap in the new one.
I would say my fantastic 65VT50 has been trouble free but for two small items:
-- Every once in a while, if I have to move my TV around, I will have to jiggle my HDMI2 (ARC) input cable to re-establish a signal from my Yamaha receiver. I think this is because the HDMI inputs are rather difficult to fit and sometimes need to be forced in, perhaps loosening the connection. Indeed, a lot of connections (digital audio, etc) are kind of loose or difficult to plug in -- my only real gripe.
-- Second bug was I bought and watched Jurassic World one time without fault. But the second time and any successive attempt to view this blu-ray it shuts off my TV completely at a certain point, forcing me to have to unplug the TV for it to come back on. My Panasonic blu-ray player has no problems with any other disc, and the JurPk blu-ray plays fine on my daughters plasma. Have not been able to fix this little bug, just gave the blu-ray to my daughter. Yes, I do realize the fault could be in my blu-ray player.
Plus, I don't think I would pay more than $600-$700 to fix this TV. I love it, yes, but after four-plus years of great service it would be hard to justify such a repair considering I will be investing in a larger OLED in about two to three years. Instead, I would make a deal with the devil (a.k.a. spouse) to purchase a $1,200 interim unit which could be moved to a bedroom later.
If a major board were to go out, I would probably sell the TV to someone more tech savvy than me and let them fix it on their own. We'd both win out -- they'd get a great TV and I'd recoup some of my investment. I'm 66 now and just don't like to fiddle around with this stuff anymore. Ten years ago? Sure.
Meanwhile, I will quit trying to jinx my still great 65VT50 and hope it gives me those two to three years of great viewing.