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Hourglass shape on left and right side-ballpark repair price please

From any source the picture has an overall hourglass shape. the left and right sides are curved inwards. i've heard this may be a power supply problem. i know i am going to have to call a technician-and i know i'll have to pay for it since it's way out of warranty. so without telling me "well we don't know until we bust it open and diagnose it", someone please give me a ballpark figure for repairs. less than $500 or more? pretty simple, but every time i post one of these questions no one wants to mention a price. ballpark is all i want. $1000? $500? $200

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  • poe diddley Jul 14, 2007

    thank you i appreciate your honest response. has been hard on other forums to get people to name even close to a price. hopefully you are correct and i don't have other problems. i will try to post an update if/when i get it fixed

  • poe diddley Sep 01, 2007

    service tech came and picked it up today.
    he tried to adjust it here, but didn't seem to be able to get it.
    he called to his shop and they found a few samsung bulletins on this particular tv that mentioned some replacement boards
    hopefully i can get it fixed without the price getting too ridiculous, he said that if it ended up just being a diode or something simple i was looking at around 180 so hopefully that is indeed the case. will update when i hear back from them in two weeks.

  • poe diddley Sep 15, 2007

    repair shop called today. total bill is $200, which includes in home service attempt from a shop that's about 40 minutes away.
    haven't seen it actually working yet, but it should be delivered on monday-will update with my opinion of picture quality when it arrives.

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The shape your seeing is called 'V Bow' and 'Pincushion' which needs to be calibrated again. Theres probably a diode that went out. The tech can open it up and adjust the angles back. I wouldn't charge over $100-$150. Shop around for a good repair tech. Good Luck poe_diddley.

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