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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Arklier, Dec 14, 2003.

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  1. Arklier

    Arklier Guest

    My parents have a Mitsubishi CK-2588R, which is circa 1984-1985. It
    wasn't a cheap TV (around $1,200 then) but after nearly 20 years,
    they've definitely gotten their money's worth out of it. The TV gets
    many hours of daily use, still has a great picture, and sounds
    awesome. I don't know of any other TV personally that has lasted quite
    so long.

    A few years ago there was a problem with the power supply, and the TV
    automatically shut off after a sizzling sound and burning smell. They
    did not attempt to turn it back on, and took it immediately down to an
    authorized dealer, who kept the TV for nearly a week, and finally said
    that they were not able to get parts for it. They had my mom sign a
    waiver that said they were not sure if it could be fixed, but they did
    manage to get it working. They asked that we not take the TV there
    again, as getting parts for a set this age is nearly impossible.
    Shortly after that, my parents noticed a thin light band with fuzzy
    edges about an inch wide, around 1/6th of the way down the screen,
    that stretches across the entire area. It's not white, just a band of
    lighter color. The problem comes and goes, sometimes it's very
    obvious, and other times it's nonexistant.

    None of us is experienced with TV repair, but they are hoping that if
    they do decide to get it fixed, that at least we can give the repair
    place an idea what the problem is.

    My parents are very fond of the TV (it's built into a cabinet that is
    made to look like a piece of furniture), and don't want to get rid of
    it, even with the light band. Aside from this very slight problem, it
    runs great, and has outlived 2 VCRs and is currently on a DVD player.
    It probably still has many years of useful life left in it, too. If
    all TVs ran this well, they wouldn't sell nearly as many.

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    If you can't figure out my address, you need help.

    Girl gamer since 1984,

    Atari/NES/Genesis/SNES/DC/GBA/GC/PS1-2/Xbox/PC gamer
     
  2. Sofie

    Sofie Guest

    Arklier:
    TAKE the television to a different repair shop for a second opinion. A
    shop tech will have to actually see the problem to give you a halfway
    accurate repair cost estimate. Over the internet or the telephone will
    just yield wild guesses...... TAKE it to a shop.
    Unless the parts that are needed are proprietary most shops should be able
    to find generic parts to fix your television.
     
  3. Arklier

    Arklier Guest

    Well, taking it is kind of a problem. With a 37" screen and an all
    wood cabinet, it's huge, and heavy. The TV's condition seems to have
    stabilized, and it doesn't have any other problems. I'm hoping that
    someone can tell me if it can be fixed, or if they just have to
    continue putting up with it.

    --


    If you can't figure out my address, you need help.

    Girl gamer since 1984,

    Atari/NES/Genesis/SNES/DC/GBA/GC/PS1-2/Xbox/PC gamer
     
  4. Peter Lowrie

    Peter Lowrie Guest

    Sounds like a sawtooth problem.
     
  5. Sofie

    Sofie Guest

    Arklier:
    Of course it can be fixed....... if you can't or don't want to take it to a
    shop ..... call a shop to do a home service call ..... it will cost more to
    have someone come to the home but what are you expecting.
     
  6. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Of course it can be fixed, however you likely won't be able to fix it
    yourself, hence people suggesting you take it to a good shop.
     
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