Just wanted to post my experience with this TV. Bought the 42", refurbished, from macmall.com for under 5 hundy! Got it 2 days later, hooked up the xbox, wii, and an antenna and started testing. First thing I noticed was the base stand was significantly warped and bowed up on one side but I could deal with that for the price. Xbox 360 looked amazing at 1080p over component cables (doesn't have HDMI out), Wii looked great over the A/V connection, and the tuner worked just fine - my local HD channels were beautiful (1080i and 720p). I also hooked up my PC via VGA cable and got it to work with little fuss at 1280x768 which looked incredible, no blurry text or overscan of any kind. Got it to sorta work at 1080p too, but there was intermittent flicker and blacking out so I reverted back to 1280x768. The text and icons were too small to read at 1080p anyway! =) So, nice big TV (my first HD), unbelievably cheap, and everything was working... I was king of the world! Then...
Started having problems turning back on after a shutdown. Googled it and found this thread, then started getting concerned. I can get around the shutdown problems with the 10 second reboot or just unplugging the set for a few seconds... truly annoying but again, for the price maybe I can deal with it.
Then I decided to test out the HDMI inputs. Oh boy. Connected a working HDMI cable to port 1 on the TV, reached to grab the other end to plug into my PC's HDMI out (AMD 780G mobo w/ onboard HDMI) and GOT ELECTROCUTED!!! Not a full 120 volt jolt but it definitely hurt. I can only assume that would have absolutely fried my mobo on the PC had I actually connected that cable. Ports 2 through 4 didn't shock me so I tried all three of them and couldn't get a picture at all, even though my computer detected the display, even identifying it as a Westinghouse! Tried power cycling, reboots, connecting things in different order, tweaking in the Catalyst Control Center, and every other trick I could think of and got nothing. Deal breaker.
Now I'm noticing even further annoyances such as picture dropping out when using the tuner (sound still comes through clearly) and a tendency to lock up when switching inputs. So far I've been able to overcome all these little glitches by power cycling the TV but I just can't trust it anymore, especially with the dead HDMI ports. I could try messing with the firmware updates but I'm beyond tinkering at this point. Called MacMall yesterday and was pleasantly surprised that it only took about 20 minutes and three "you need to talk to this department" transfers before getting an RMA - not too bad.
Now I'm waiting for my shipping label to show up in my inbox so I can send it back. In the meantime I'll continue to enjoy the TV for gaming and watching videos from my PC (over VGA of course). I'm really disappointed because when this TV works, it's really nice. Nothing fancy but certainly great for the price. The worst part is that I now have to wait around for another good deal to pop up before purchasing a new TV, and having this one around for a week really spoiled me. I may or may not go with another refurb, but I know for sure I'll be staying away from Westinghouse. I realize all TV's can be prone to glitches and malfunctions of one kind or another, but this line seems to be absolutely PLAGUED by them. Best of luck to those of you who own one that still works for you.