I got a Samsung CRT HDTV on freecycle, and it has a problem that was undisclosed in the posting (see video link in extended explanation). Is it worth fixing, or should I switch back to my other TV and move on with my life?
I saw a freecycle posting yesterday for a Samsung CRT Widescreen HDTV (Model#: Samsung TX-S3082WH), which is a step up from my current TV, and I decided to upgrade--what the hell, it's free! So I picked it up, cleaned it off, and set it up today (coax input for my cable, HDMI for my Roku).
Usually people don't post broken things to freecycle, and if they do, they disclose that they're broken, and there is no problem. Things were working fine at first, and then there started to be periodic interruptions in the picture (see video)
at first not lasting for very long, and infrequent, but the longer the TV was on the more frequent they became, and the longer they lasted, until it became constant. Even turning the set off and letting it rest, the problem persisted after turning it back on. And the problem occurred regardless of which input was being used. [Please note that the vertical white strip on the right is a window reflection, not part of the video problem.]
Is this a simple cheap fix at a TV repair place (possibly even something I could do myself), or is the TV dying and I should accept that someone handed me a lemon?