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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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Re: hourglass shape on left and right side-ballpark...

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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