Tip & How-To about Televison & Video
A bunch of electronic items manufactured from a bunch of different companies from early 2000 through around 2008ish were assembled with poor quality capacitors. This was unintentional and the mass-purchase of these capacitors (caps) was a way for these companies to save a dollar here and there by getting cheap products that weren't closely monitored for quality control.
T.V.s, monitors, computers and a plethora of other electronic items have these cylinder-shaped caps, which have been going "bad" quickly (within the first year or two of purchase). When the caps go "bad", which normally takes a really long time, they visibly swell up on the top of the cylinder.
If your electronic item either takes a lot longer to power up than it used to or should, or doesn't seem to fully power up, try taking a look at your circuit boards and inspect for swollen caps. The rating of the cap should be printed on the side of the cylinder. The rating is important for functionality of the device.
Replace these "bad" caps and your problem will probably be solved. This will require careful soldering so as to not ruin the circuitry. If you are not comfortable soldering, have a professional do it. Caps run about $0.50 to $1.50 each at Radio Shack. Even if you pay someone $50 plus parts to do it, it's cheaper than spending hundreds or sometimes thousands on a new product.
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