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January 2, 2010

How to Repair a Plasma TV

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Dave Jones had a Panasonic Plasma TV die on him. Have a look at the video to see the build quality of a Panasonic. Turns out that the local TV repair shop would charge more to fix this 2.5 year old model than a new one costs now. The solution to the problem is quite technical, the repair consists of about 1 meter of black electrical tape. πŸ™‚


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27 Responses to “How to Repair a Plasma TV”

  1. MikeD Says:

    Hahaha, I wish all problems were that easy to fix. Now i’m scared my 50″ panasonic plasma is going to just die while watching it.

  2. anon Says:

    What an annoying character that guy is!

  3. Steven Says:

    lol at the fix, that really made my day.

  4. christopher Says:

    every time he’s on here it seems like he’s complaining about something. LOL. having said that i have watched several of his videos. It was awesome to see inside a plasma screen. I watched the whole video waiting for how he was going to fix his tv and lol’d at his fix. I hate when people ask me to fix things because i’m an engineering student. they don’t understand that it would probably take hours to days to figure out all of the leads, look up all of the chips and troubleshoot whats wrong. I will usually look and see if wires are broken/unplugged,caps/fuses blown,etc. but i’m not going to look up every chip and bust out a logic probe,o-scope,etc. to fix a electric drum machine that they bought at a yard sale for $2.

  5. Yes Says:

    v., whined, whinΒ·ing, whines.
    To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
    To complain or protest in a childish fashion.
    To produce a sustained noise of relatively high pitch: jet engines whining.

  6. mike Says:

    He’s a little harsh, I am a TV service guy, Panasonic (in New Zealand at least) will usually honer their warranty well out of warranty. Plus here in NZ if your TV becomes unrepairable within a certain time frame the consumer guarantee act kick in and the usually replace the set, with a small contribution from the customer.

    Did he call Panasonic and voice his concerns, before jumping on the net slandering them?


  7. Muris Says:

    haha this guy is funny πŸ™‚

  8. bill Says:

    This type of fault would be covered by the UK’s consumer protection law. Essentially, all goods sold must be of ‘merchantable quality’ i.e. it should be expected to give a reasonable length of service or it can be returned to the retailer for repair or replacement. In the case of a TV, IMHO, less than three years is not a reasonable service life.


  9. Tom Fisk Says:

    LMAO :-)))

  10. Pouncer Says:

    Lost my patience while he was babbling on. I never did actually see where the tape was applied.
    But it’s good that he worked it out.

  11. Apothus Says:

    Im an aussie myself and well he is just a typical loud Australian personality. I dont think he was being particularly harsh on panasonic, infact i think he did a lot to reinforce the engineering and the quality behind the brand. It goes a long way to have an external engineering oppinion on the quality of a product even if a component has failed it is clear to me that the rest of it is very well made

  12. mikhel Says:

    you dude talk toooooooooooooo much

  13. san diego plasma installation Says:

    most of the TV problems now are easy to fix, this is due to the simple component architecture; just as simple as changing a PCI card in your PC

  14. BIll Says:

    I love how everyone thinks they buy “Top of the line” electronics. Although Panasonic does make decent televisions…top of the line 2.5 years ago surely would have included a digital tuner.

  15. Dave Jones Says:

    Yes, “top-of-the-line” around that time did include a digital tuner, but the price difference was abhorrent. It’s not the tuner that failed it’s the panel, which would have been the same in both models, so that’s irrelevant.

    As for being harsh, the product failed after a few hundred hours use, so I don’t think I’m being unfair. And as Apothus pointed out, I complemented the engineering build and design quality which is excellent.

    And a big wave to the usual anonymous twits who say I talk to much, or I babble on, or how annoying my whiny Australian voice sounds etc. Give us a link to YOUR video blog or content you’ve created and let us judge you.


  16. Serge Says:

    He sure is a character! I enjoyed the detail of the video, as well as the brilliantly simple fix. Having taken apart a Plasma TV before I can appreciate the level of quality that is put into them. They definitely use high quality components and make sure things are tidy.

  17. Picky Says:

    Well, he didn’t really repair it, he masked the problem. The build up was a little long, but it was humorous in the end.

    @6. First of all, in this form it would be libel. Second, it isn’t slander/libel if the statements are facts and honest opinions.

  18. TRX Says:

    My mom had the screen go wacky on a cheap portable DVD player. I took it apart and discovered the contacts between the plastic ribbon cable and the screen weren’t all making contact. It was in the screen and embedded under glue but if you pushed on it the screen would work properly. My fix? I jammed a piece of a toothpick under the screen’s metal frame. The plastic case around the screen helped put pressure on it and now her DVD player works. If you look under the slightly bulging screen bezel/case you can see the piece of toothpick.

    I also fixed a little under the counter LCD for my aunt. The back light had gone out so shoe-horned in a new CCFL inverter from a dual 12″ CCFL made for a computer (about $5-10).

    Some things are easy to fix…others are not.

  19. Better Plasma TV Repair with little skill and almost no Tools required - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

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  20. christopher Says:

    australian? i thought you were british.

  21. Electronic Test Equipment Says:

    With the use electronic test equipment, repairing TV and other appliances come so easy.

  22. Lee Says:

    I laughed my A** off on this one !!!! I have a piece of Shite Magnavox that died after about 3 1/2 years. My bird took a Shite on it , & it sizzled out,lol I may check out a serviceman to see if it can be at all salvaged. Cheers for the laugh. πŸ™‚

  23. San Diego Home Theater Says:

    Sometimes the cost to fix is crazy. I have been quoted up to 1000.00. They are becoming disposable.

  24. indar Says:

    Bought bauhaus Samsung core 50 inch TV in NZ. Upon opening the box at home discovered screen was shattered. Can anyone enlighten me whether it can be fixed in Fiji and how much it will cost

  25. Sony KDL46EX640 Says:

    Indar why would you get it fixed in Fiji? Is that where you are from?

    If you bought a brand new TV and the screen was cracked you should be able to return it and get a new one. Do you not have your receipt? A warranty?

  26. phil langridge Says:

    my samsung tv model ps42s5h the screen has got pink lines and black patches on it can it be fixed

  27. Indar Says:

    I purchased a second hand in Auckland NZD450.00 on top of that paid cartage duty n so on. Damaged in transit from Auckland to Nadi to Suva Many companies handled it so do not know who to blame

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