Originally Posted by Bismarck440
Are you suire the Artec is a clone? Same boards, but different firmware?
Well the main board blew out of the Toshiba Flat Screen (at least what I think) on May 11th. The set hadn't been in service more than 2 years (purchased as old stock in June of '10) & the person I got this from treated it very well & was hardly home to watch it.
Are you well versed in LCD TV symptoms? There are only 3 boards in this set , & all signs point to the main. I'd replace it but I needed to be sure nothing else went out with it.
I liked the set while it was working.
Well no but... Same major chipset and if I recall correctly (about the Zenith) the OSD/menus look suspiciously similar. Form factor, boards, etc. are different and I don't know about the firmware. "Picture" on the Artec is a submenu within the "Option" menu.
That sucks! Yeah I wish I knew but not familiar with them, probably on AVS somewhere though. I'm not happy with Toshiba right now either. Acquired a friend's high-end SVHS VCR, it was working but I found a piece of plastic on the floor after opening it up to clean it (and it was filthy). I took the chassis out and when I went to put it back in it wouldn't work anymore, did this over again and then a ribbon cable that feeds out of the head (bad design, most plug down into the PC board like an IC) came loose from a wimpy cable guide and this time it decided to work only to rip the cable out when the head started spinning. When I disassembled the head I thought it was toast - 4 hair thin wires snapped that run up through a narrow channel inside (to avoid the rotating head). One wire snapped with only a few millimeters left but I painstakingly soldered a jumper to it and resoldered and routed the other 3. Now I got it back together but some tolerances between rotating parts and the PC board are so tight I can't get it to consistently run after screwing the chassis down (I think this is why it screwed up in the first place).
Oh yeah, the plastic piece doesn't appear to have come from this VCR (friend had it boxed in a customer return box for another model...). Well the pic didn't look as good as I expected so I thought something was wrong although I didn't have the high-end tape it probably desires (claims ET mode will record regular tape near SVHS quality but...).