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post #1081 of 1199
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

Off-air guides is better IMO. It properly "maps" the OTA real channels to the virtual channels.

Is tuning slow(er)? You bet. It's almost a 20 year old tuner/technology. Takes a while to sync up with the signal. Small price to pay for good picture quality IMO.

Inconsistency? Could be poor signal/antenna.

Clicking? From internal speakers or external audio device? FWIW, I never heard clicking when using an antenna for internal or external speakers.

thanks for the quick reply - i'm looking to sell it and want to be sure i get it going best i can.
i thought i remember something along time ago about not getting the off air guides- i could be wrong. the clicking came (however inconsistently) after hooking up the OTA directly to the RCA - nothing else hooked up - no ext speakers.
i'm leaning to the inconsistency on the channel acquisition as the unit itself as i get perfect ota thru my dish receiver - always 90- 100% strength. maybe it just needs to warm up a bit!
post #1082 of 1199
Hi
I have had this set almost 10 years and still love it.
F38310 buttons on the top and cued up as if its pressing buttons all by itself. I suspect the top board assembly above the screen where the button and infrared receiver are are now faulty.

If anyone has the schematic for this or knows of this fault and how to fix it I sure would be very appreciative of any help.

I plan in pulling it tonight and looking for bad solder joints but other than that I am not sure what else to do. If you have this part lying button assembly scrap I would be interested in buying it from you.

cheers
Jim nashjt@gmail.com
post #1083 of 1199
hey guys- it's been a ride- just sold my RCA for $100 to a neighbor-- took 4 of us to carry the damn thing out and now i have back surgery on tuesday! no joke- got a samsung 58" plasma... good luck to you all!!
post #1084 of 1199
I just purchased a Samsung 46C6900 LED display to replace my RCA F38310. We moved my F38310 upstairs in my daughter's room to be DVD display. Yes it is still working like a champ!! The RCA was purchased 10 years ago from Circuit City open box and it took a lot of playing with service menu to fix the geometry issues that it had once it set up. Without the knowledge from this forum and how to access the service menu I would have returned the unit. Once it was adjusted I have not had a single issue with the RCA.

I can honestly say that the Samsung LED is a big improvement in picture quality. It can display 1080p / 24 fps sources without an issue and it has internet access features Vudu and Netflix. The picture is dazzling and I not experiencing any issues with motion blur that I feared.

All that being said I feel that buying the Samsung I felt a little like I was betraying an old friend. The genesis of that 38 in tube was in the old RCA/Thompson CRT plant in Lancaster, PA. I remember walking into the lobby of the plant as a vendor and marveling F38310 that was on display. I talked to the engineers that on the development team who were upset that weren't allowed to redesign the display to be flat before introduction!! It was their last tube design to my knowledge.

The Lancaster RCA/Thompson plant has been closed for years and Circuit City is now closed as well. Sometimes progress is painful thing.
post #1085 of 1199
Flatscreen woulda been cool. I wonder what was the biggest flatscreen widescreen crt? I know there were 34"'s cuz my brother's got one...
post #1086 of 1199
It now says 8225. It must really be 108,225! This damn thing won't fail. Still creates a STUNNING 1080i picture. Visitors are blown away when they see the pic quality. I really want a new big flatscreen (with HDMI inputs!) but will be a hard sell with the wife as long as this old beast is still working like a champ!

F38310, vintage 1993.
FIOS
Tivo Premiere w/cablecard (Internet connected)
LG BD370 Blu-ray player
Dynex remote control component video switchbox
post #1087 of 1199
"F38310, vintage 1993."

Of course I meant 2003! Let's see, I think I bought my Sony XBR in 1993. That was actually a GREAT set in its day.
post #1088 of 1199
I've had mine since January 2002 and its still going strong. The wife decided it was time for a bigger, thinner model, so if anyone wants this one just let me know. I'm in the SW suburbs of Chicago.
post #1089 of 1199
I still have my two working. It has too much overscan though, unless that is the cable box.
post #1090 of 1199
I've had this TV for 8 years. When i bought it, it had a better picture than anything else in the store.
Its just as good today as it was then.
I want a bigger screen but i have to sell this first.
post #1091 of 1199
Mine looks awesome for OTA HDTV. For some reason it doesn't look nearly as good from my computer at 1920x1080. I resized my desktop to 1280x720 (while still outputting 1080i) just to be able to read text clearly.
post #1092 of 1199
The Big Screen Store will give me $200 trade for my F38310 AND HAUL IT AWAY (that's the best part). I wish the old set was no longer working perfectly but it is. But I think it's time to get a current technology set with 1080p and HDMI. Not sure if I'll go LCD, LED/LCD, plasma, 3D or whatever but in any case it will be in the 54" to 60" range. Guess my final post on this thread will be what I wind up with as the replacement for my trusty old F38310 which I have certainly got my money's worth out of since 2003.
post #1093 of 1199
I am going to scrap mine now. If anyone wants one in MA you can have it. It is working.
post #1094 of 1199
I went through three of them for screen defects and the last one had the CRT replaced. It was from the last production run. From then on it was perfect. I gave it away to a couple of college kids for their dorm room about a year ago. They had to haul it up three flights of stairs!! I talked to one of them a couple of weeks ago and it is still going strong. I replaced it with, first a 55" LED LCD, then moved that (very good BTW) set to my den and put a 60" plasma in it's place. The plasma comes closest to the venerable F38310.

I almost moved the F38310 to my bedroom. Not enough space or anything strong enough to hold it... but that is how much I liked the monster...

Phil


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Originally Posted by turbocup View Post

The Big Screen Store will give me $200 trade for my F38310 AND HAUL IT AWAY (that's the best part). I wish the old set was no longer working perfectly but it is. But I think it's time to get a current technology set with 1080p and HDMI. Not sure if I'll go LCD, LED/LCD, plasma, 3D or whatever but in any case it will be in the 54" to 60" range. Guess my final post on this thread will be what I wind up with as the replacement for my trusty old F38310 which I have certainly got my money's worth out of since 2003.
post #1095 of 1199
After looking at several sets in 3 stores I settled on a 52" 240 Hz Sharp Aquos Quattron (LC52LE920UN). I was rather sceptical of the "yellow pixel" gimmick on the TV commercials but colors definitely looked better in the store...especially yellows (duh!), greens and blues. About 3 hours ago they delivered my new set and hauled away my beloved F38310 with 107,225 hours on the odo (a moment of silence please) to be recycled. The new Quattron looked great off the HDMI connection to my Tivo Premiere. I then checked it out on a couple of Blu-Rays (Avatar and Inception). In the words of Mr. Sulu: "Oh My!". The PQ is amazing and black levels come close (but will never match) my F38310. I have yet to try it on line (it comes with Wi-Fi adapter) with net material like NetFlix but so far I'm very happy! I'll still miss the old RCA though...it served me well for many years. Sort of sad it will be ground up for scrap metal. :-((
post #1096 of 1199
my condolences - i lost my F38310 in October
post #1097 of 1199
Remind me how to check my hour meter?
post #1098 of 1199
refer to post #4 in this thread.
post #1099 of 1199
4988 hours.
post #1100 of 1199
Doesn't sound right. That would mean your TV has been "plugged in" for only 208 days.
post #1101 of 1199
This 38-inch HDTV is big and heavy, and I would like to know how I might be able to dispose of one that is still working since April of 2001? I live in Walnut Creek, California. Any sugestions?
post #1102 of 1199
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

Doesn't sound right. That would mean your TV has been "plugged in" for only 208 days.

I thought it is the number of hours while on?
post #1103 of 1199
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Originally Posted by MF70 View Post

This 38-inch HDTV is big and heavy, and I would like to know how I might be able to dispose of one that is still working since April of 2001? I live in Walnut Creek, California. Any sugestions?

Donate to a charity.
post #1104 of 1199
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Originally Posted by rsilvers View Post

I thought it is the number of hours while on?

Nope... plugged in.
post #1105 of 1199
Quote:
Originally Posted by MF70 View Post

This 38-inch HDTV is big and heavy, and I would like to know how I might be able to dispose of one that is still working since April of 2001? I live in Walnut Creek, California. Any sugestions?

Sell it cheap on craigslist.
post #1106 of 1199
i got $100 for mine
post #1107 of 1199
I paid 350 for mine, with stand. But that was 3 years ago. If it broke today and there was one on craigslist for $100, I'd buy it. I'd even drive to Walnut Creek for it

In fact, I just moved about a month ago, and two funky things have been happening since I hooked it back up... twice it's started turning itself off and on... both times I unplugged it, let it sit (until I wanted to watch it) then plugged it back in and it was fine.

The other problem I think is more likely my onkyo avr than the tv. Sometimes when I use my avr to switch component inputs to the tv (like from pc to bd) then the bottom half of the tv is all covered in pink and black lines for 10-30 seconds. Never ever had that happen before I moved.

So maybe if you're lucky (and I'm not) it'll completely crap out on me next time I watch it (or I'll come home to find it turning itself on and off again and it won't fix itself with a simulated power failure).
post #1108 of 1199
Well I just gave mine away on Craigslist. Better than paying someone to carry it out. 3 people called soon after posting it.
post #1109 of 1199
It rolls over at 100000 like the odo on an old car. Add 100,000 to your number.
post #1110 of 1199
I barely used it. Pretty much the only time it got used was when my wife's parents visited a few times a year.
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