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First things to do when you get a new Plasma or LCD TV

There are several things you should do when you get that new Plasma or LCD TV. These are things that most beginners can do to get max life and best picture out of your TV.

First off lets start with power. In order to be sure you are safe from any "brown out" or ESD from electric storms get a decent surge protector. You don't need a expensive one but take try to get something that will protect against any failure by the company. For those of you that are stuburn be sure to use something even a "cheap" one that is a few bucks is better that nothing.

After you get everything set up and get your TV on you will want to adjust the picture to get the most out of it. Companies will often have the contrast set all the way up. This looks good in a store room to get your eye but it does not look as "realistic" and the colors wont contrast well. This will also leanthen the life of your TV tremendously.

The best (and cheapest way) is to use a disk. Many Pixar and Disney films have it right on the disk.For those of you with a Xbox 360. Some games have it such as Halo 3 with the extras disc. There are also some disk to purchase in DVD, HDDVD(I know its dead but its only like 5 bucks) and Blueray formats.some of these include.Digital Video Essintials,Sound and Vision Home Theater Tune up and Discwasher 1509.

Prices vary with Discwasher 1509 being as low as $3 on amazon.com. You can decide depending on budgets and other things. Look at reviews but be sure to read them as to get an idea of peoples expectation

Last tip is for those of us that have Plasma's. Burn in is very uncommon but still happens if not careful. Be sure in the first 300 hours of play that you try to watch TV or Movies in a format that takes up the whole screen. It may not look good but it can help you out in the long run. There are also free discs you can burn from home and run. I never used these so I can't recomend them but for more info you can google for more info. I have heard some bad things about them so its better to use caution.

Well, This the first part of the tips I will post. I will update and add more but these are a few basics you should know . Even as I add them I will keep this as basic as I can for a quick read so people can get to the store and get the TV they want.

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My lg plasma really flickers but it does this randomly. Sometimes it will happen all the time other days not at all. I have tried sorting the cables and unplugged etc. it is 10 years old but just wanted to check before having to buy a new tv


I suspect its a component (Capacitor) aging and eventually would need to be replaced. How do you have it connected? Is there a cable box or Direct TV receiver that you use to display TV Channels? If 10 years old does it even have an HDMI input? Should be very happy you got 10 years of life out of this Plasma. My thoughts is that it would take more to repair this than to purchase a new LCD or LCD/LED thinner TV. Plasma does have the best color but the LCD and LED TV's are much lighter/take less energy and are much brighter. Good luck.

Dec 10, 2014 | LG 42PX4DR 42 in. Plasma TV

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why does my vizio m420sl go from green to colred static


If your LCD TV or monitor has stopped working, or is displaying one of the following symptoms, then it's a candidate for some new capacitors
- Flickering screen
- Screen image disappears after several seconds
- Dim screen
- Slow start
- Power LED on, but no picture
- Unusual colors and/or lines
The primary cause of LCD TV and monitor failure is caused by faulty capacitors. You can examine the capacitors in your LCD TV or monitor and actually see if they are bad.
If they appear bulged on top, then they need to be replaced.
New capacitors will solve a host of problems in LCD monitors and TV's and will extend the life of your monitor or TV by several years.
Check the cables, connectors and connections.
Take it to a repair shop.

May 27, 2014 | Vizio VP42-20A 42 in. Plasma TV

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model number TCP50U50 panasonic has sound but no picture


...If your LCD TV or monitor has stopped working, or is displaying one of the following symptoms, then it's a candidate for some new capacitors
- Flickering screen
- Screen image disappears after several seconds
- Dim screen
- Slow start
- Power LED on, but no picture
- Unusual colors and/or lines
The primary cause of LCD TV and monitor failure is caused by faulty capacitors. You can examine the capacitors in your LCD TV or monitor and actually see if they are bad.
If they appear bulged on top, then they need to be replaced.
New capacitors will solve a host of problems in LCD monitors and TV's and will extend the life of your monitor or TV by several years.
Check the cables, connectors and connections.
Take it to a repair shop.

Apr 25, 2014 | Panasonic TCP50U50 50" Plasma 1080p HDTV

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No HD pic on Samsung HP-R5250


If your LCD TV or monitor has stopped working, or is displaying one of the following symptoms, then it's a candidate for some new capacitors
- Flickering screen
- Screen image disappears after several seconds
- Dim screen
- Slow start
- Power LED on, but no picture
- Unusual colors and/or lines
The primary cause of LCD TV and monitor failure is caused by faulty capacitors. You can examine the capacitors in your LCD TV or monitor and actually see if they are bad.
If they appear bulged on top, then they need to be replaced.
New capacitors will solve a host of problems in LCD monitors and TV's and will extend the life of your monitor or TV by several years.
Take it to a repair shop.

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