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Samsung plasma tv 42inch PS42E THDX Blue sparkles on dark areas

Whether watching DVD sky or normal tv we always get the blue sparkles on the dark areas of the picture somtimes the picture can look very pixilated too , TV is 3 years old am i still covered by warranty ?

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Hi yes i had the same problem and its basically because the tv needs a software upgrade. I contacted argos and they sent an engineer to sort it and he plugged something into the back of the tv to upgrade it. all in all it took 5 mins to do and not had a problem since.

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Sparkles


Makes you wonder why nobody is taking on the problem, doesn't it?
Well , to the best of my knowledge, it is because nobody really can.
To understand why you have to understand what do they sparkles come from.
They are random electricity discharges coming from capacitors or other components that act like capacitors, but mostly capacitors.
When laymen hear about capacitors they usually associate the word with bulged electrolytic capacitors, which often cause problems in electronics of all kind.
Well this time it isn't about them.
It's about all other capacitors - or other components exposing similar qualities - which are installed on the board. Most of them are small filter capacitors put in parallel to the big ones or to other passive components such as diodes and resistors.
The excessive heat developed by the sustain boards damages those capacitors. It hardens the electrostatic material they are made of and small breaks in it start occurring at voltages that shouldn't otherwise be causing issues.
The trouble is, they can be everywhere. You can't just pinpoint which ones were caught at fault and causing the sparkles.
When it gets REALLY bad eventually the whole capacitor burns and either shorts or, more commonly, just breaks.
Believe it or not I've seen a board that exploded before my very eyes and , after the explosion, started working LIKE A CHARM!
Turned out a small filter capacitor had blown. It as not essential for the board's functionality and after being problematic for so long and causing image deffects it had eventually shorted completely and literally exploded.
Luckily, the short it had created was too short in time and apparently in a circuit that could take the load for a short while without getting damaged.
So after it blew everything worked just great!
it's a real story from my repair experience.
Hope this helps all consumers, DIY enthusiasts and competitors alike :-)
For more you are welcome to visit our site and read our tech repair blog at
http://www.coppelltvrepair.com
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Good luck!

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