So...I'm the guy with a 2009 TC-P42G15, (purchased Dec 2009).
I've narrowed down the problem to the "A" board. Of course, it's the most expensive board in the set. A repair shop is quoting me $411 for the part. I can't find a single one online to buy. My choices seem to be buy directly from Panasonic, buy it from the shop and replace it myself, let the shop replace it, or buy a new set.
Now for the questions:
Anybody know where I can find a TNPH0793AK board? (Also known as TXN/A1FHUUS)
If I install the board myself, are there calibrations I will have to do, that the shop is better equipped to do? I'm pretty handy replacing boards, but have no clue when it comes to calibrating one of these things. I like the THX mode and it's pretty much the reason I bought the set. I would not like to screw that up.
I guess the big question is: should I throw good money after bad? I'm pretty disappointed repairing this thing 3 years after I bought it. I spent the extra money on a good set, justifying the cost with "the set should work for 10 years". (I'm in Canada, and I probably spent 1400 on this TV in 2009. A $5-600 premium over a 42 inch low-end Panasonic Plasma). If I'm spending 4-500 fixing it after 3, am I going to be spending the same amount 2 more times in that 10 years?
The more I think about it, the more cheesed off I'm getting...paying > $2000 for a 42 inch TV within 3 years of me buying it is ridiculous. Panasonic really f'd me on this one....
If I was going to buy another TV, what should it be?