How much is too much?
I recently purchased a Toshiba 34HF81 and I started to notice that the geometry is off. The bottom left corner drops below the mask, the left side is bowed in, the left side is bowed out slightly less and the picture height varies from left to right. These symptoms vary slightly with the input mode, but are more or less the same, with 1080i being the worst.
I purchased an extended warranty from the dealer for this set. I called the dealer to arrange a service call and they set me up with a repair facility, which was not on Toshiba's authorized list. So I checked with Toshiba and told me not to let this bunch anywhere near my set (So much for the extended warranty). So I set up my own appointment with a Toshiba authorized service tech, but does not seem to have left me any better off.
The tech arrived with the usual bag of screw drivers and no test pattern generator. All he did was adjust the tilt to correct the drop off in the bottom left corner, which makes any horizontal lines slanted of course.
I've adjusted the geometry on my front projector with much better results than this TV gives, so I'm somewhat familiar with the process. However, I noticed that the terminology in the Service Menu is somewhat different than I'm used to, ie. what the heck is a corner adjustment and how would I fix the uneven screen height?
Finally, how far can I expect Toshiba to go on this issue? Will they just keep sending 'Authorized' techs until I go away or can I expect a happy ending? In other words, should I avoid the hassle and return it now?