Originally Posted by BoulderGeek
I loaned my 42" to some friends while I was deployed in Antarctica for a year. They used a VESA mount, and shortly thereafter, the inputs failed on the Olevia.
When I returned, I set it up (on teh pedestal stand, not wall), and little by little, the set began to work better. My theory is that the wall hanging pulled the plastic of the case outward, which allowed for movement of the interface module. As the set heated and cooled, it worked its way back to 'flat.'
For a while, my set would lose its mind, and my "solution' was percussive maintenance on the rear of the set, over where the SCSI/Centronics connector mates the interface board to the system bus. Once sharp whack with a soft rubber mallet, and it would come back.
Then, it worked for nearly nine months (6/2009-3/2010) with zero problems. However, on Saturday night, it just lost all contrast and most colors, making everything a really washed out yellow and white. I removed the interface module, and looked for blown capacitors, or any roached circuit leads. I reseated the one heatsink. I reassembled the module and bent the little springs to apply more pressure. Firm reinstallation, and the set worked again!
For about six hours. Now, the backlight and contrast cannot be changed in teh menu. Everything is like it would be at 25% light and 100% contrast. And, either the component connectors have gone, or my ReplayTV happened to go out at the exact same time.
The screen has been perfect. I've loved the performance for OTA HD (via an external Samsung tuner on HDMI), and with a Mac Mini to play MP4/AVI movies and shows. I still wouldn't need to upgrade if the electronics inside were reliable.
But, I decided to go to a Sony Bravia 46". Sony ran a deal for $799 shipped, for refurbs. So, that was the last straw, and i will sell the 46" on Craigslist when the Sony comes in. Any idea what a still functioning-but-failing LT42HVi might go for with a perfect LCD?