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pioneer PDP-501MX plasma TV problem

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Douglas Armour, Jun 4, 2004.

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  1. A friend has a pioneer PDP-501MX plasma tv which now does not work.
    Apparently there is a problem with the panel itself-most likely with
    the electodes located on the front side of the glass. Pioneer says the
    Plasma panel will have to be replaced. The plasma panel is number
    AWU1025. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Needeless to say my friend
    would rather not spend thousands to get it fixed. Is there anyway
    around this, e.g., an easy (he should be so lucky) repair, or a cheap
    panel replacement? Any thoughts, comments appreciated.

    Douglas
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    These sets are service by mainly modular type repair as like a PC machine.
    The boards used are very complex, and would not be cost effective to
    service, unless the fault was very simple. When changing the boards, there
    are adjustment procedures that must be verified. The proper training,
    service set-up, and service information is required to do this type of
    service.

    If the screen is defective, it is like a tube or module. It must be
    replaced. There is no substitute than having the original parts for these
    types of sets. On some models, when changing the screen, the proper tools
    are required to re-attach the ribbon cable assembly.

    There are procedures after the new installation to make sure that the screen
    drives and supply voltages are in specs. This is something you will not be
    able to do at home.

    As for anyone who buys a Plasma screen, they have to consider that it is
    like having an expensive automobile. When it is time to service it, the cost
    will be reflected by the product type. Also, the Plasma screen reliability
    is not the same as the standard CRT set. We always suggest to the client
    take out an extended warranty, especially with this type of product. Usually
    they think the warranty is a rip-off, but wait until the unit fails when it
    is out of the base warranty! Generally the repairs on Plasma screens are
    fairly expensive.

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    Jerry G.
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    A friend has a pioneer PDP-501MX plasma tv which now does not work.
    Apparently there is a problem with the panel itself-most likely with
    the electodes located on the front side of the glass. Pioneer says the
    Plasma panel will have to be replaced. The plasma panel is number
    AWU1025. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Needeless to say my friend
    would rather not spend thousands to get it fixed. Is there anyway
    around this, e.g., an easy (he should be so lucky) repair, or a cheap
    panel replacement? Any thoughts, comments appreciated.

    Douglas
     
  3. In adition to making sure that the repair is done by a professional,
    do you have any sense from the information about this Pioneer that the
    repair is worth doing. My sense is that it would be cheaper just to go
    out and buy another one (with a long-term warranty). Is there a
    resting place for plasma TVs that no longer work?

    Douglas
     
  4. Eugen T

    Eugen T Guest

    I have seen several plasma TVs with broken screens on ebay lately. If the
    screen is the only thing that's broken (physically), then parts are
    reusable..
     
  5. Art

    Art Guest

    If indeed the display is damaged or defective the correct repair would be to
    replace the complete display. Once you see the cost from Pioneer for the
    display and the labour cost to install it and properly configure it you may
    just be $$$ ahead in investing in another device. Recommend you have the
    unit serviced by a dealer familiar with the Pioneer Plasma sets and
    preferably is authorized by Pioneer to service them.
     
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