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Lightning Strike? Our GE Model# 24GP653 has no picture, just a thin white line quivering in the middle of the screen. I believe this was caused by a recent nearby lightning strike. It did not strike our house but out in the yard several yards away. I'd like to fix it myself if I can, I'm pretty savy with my computer is it much different inside my t.v.?

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Re: Lightning Strike?

Yes it is. The inside of a TV can seriously hurt you even it's unplugged. The circuits and electrolytics hold a high voltage charge. You can check the fuses,it will be right where the power cord goes into the tv. But I would get a pro to work on it. If lighting did cause this to your TV, you could look into your Home Owners Insurance to pay for the damages. Trivia: On 24 October 1991, one resident of Chicago Heights, IL was comfortably sleeping in bed when....KABOOM. Lightning struck, traveled through a cable television line into the house, struck the bed, which then caught fire. The person was treated for shock. Insurance paid the rest.

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Re: Lightning Strike?

Assuming this line is across the screen horizontally (side to side), this means the vertical deflection circuitry is dead. In late model sets, there is a Integrated circuit package which drives the vertical yoke coils. Possible defects: the I.C. itself, bad solder connections where it solders to the board, missing voltage source to this I.C. (often around +24 volts), or a bad electrolytic capacitor in the associated circuitry. This latter often results in a non-linear picture, or less than full deflection condition, rather than a thin line only. It is possible lightning caused this problem, (I've seen some rather illogical damage from lightning ) perhaps it produced enough of a surge to pop the I.C. or a fusible resistor in that voltage source noted above.

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