Fixable or Forgettable?
July 22, 2012 6:19 PM Subscribe
Can my LCD be saved cheaply or is it time to move on?
posted by princeoftheair to Technology (8 answers total)
Try to make this quick, my roommate and I got a used 52" Samsung LCD about a month ago. It worked fine with a PS2 and PS3, we played a couple games and watched a few blu-rays and DVDs with no trouble. The other day my roommate hooked up his laptop via an HDMI cable and went to turn on the TV but the display had shifted to a low resolution (~8 or 16 bit) color mode. Think watching a movie on a 486, it looks like that. We tried resetting the picture and unhooking everything and unplugging it for a while, but the color is still terrible. Even with nothing connected, the menu of the TV is distorted, so we're pretty sure it's the TV itself and not an external device.
It will cost quite a bit to get an estimate, and more on top of that to fix it. Since we got it used we saved quite a bit, so repairs could easily exceed our initial investment. We assume it's a physical problem, and since we're technically savvy, can fix it ourselves if we knew what part was defective. Our questions:
Does anyone know which part it is? Or, what's a way for us to figure it out so we don't waste time/money on the wrong part?
Is it even worth fixing or should we just get another used one?
Note: I've looked online a lot and found a lot of "lines on screen", "blurry display" and "color blotches" problems, but nothing like this yet. Samsung just recommended sending it in for repairs, but we don't want to spend money unless necessary.