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Akai LCT42Z6TM still broken after replacing caps

I have an Akai LCT42Z6TM with the same problems as many people here: the white lines, four colored squares, etc. I replaced the capacitors C280, C302, C320, C323 with new 100UF 35 V capacitors from radio shack (and I also replaced capacitor C336 because I saw it was bulging).
But I still have the problem!

The white lines and the squares are still there. Can anyone help me? Is there anything else that could be wrong with it? What else can I do?

Also, does anyone know if I can replace the main board with another third-party main board that is compatible with the LCD screen (which is made by LG/Phillips I believe)?

Thank You!

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  • Anonymous Oct 11, 2008

    Same lines and Squares problem with menus that have bad pixels and vertical interference lines. Will be trying the CAP fix and report back.



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You still need to replace C301. I can fix your mainboard if you need help.


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Sounds like you need to check the neg and pos side of the capacitor. i had the same problem after i changed all 4 of them. i had put one in backwords and after i switched it the picture came on clear.

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C320 -1000uf 35v electrolitic cap

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  • jason Oct 22, 2008

    also check the trans and resistors at c320


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