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Hour Glass!!! I still have have a picture on it but, the image has like 3 rotating portals in the middle and both ends. All three colors are out of alignment. Very little money, is their a way to fix it myself???

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Re: Hour Glass!!!

Pinchusion problems, you need to know about components and soldering. If not then you need qualified tech.

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My Sony KP-57WS500 TV has curved horizontal white lines. You only see them when there is something dark on the screen. Any ideas?

You have 3 CRTs inside of your TV that create image. Blue, Green and Red. Looks like one of them need adjustment due aging.
Remove front grille. Than remove center "shielding" piece held by 4-5 screws. Behind this cover you will find little black plastic box that have 6 rotating buttons on it. Take you time to study them. There is three columns and two rows. Columns represent color, rows - "Focus" or "Screen". You need to locate "Screen" row of three rotating buttons. They will be marked "B', "G", and "R" for colors accordingly. Turn on TV let it warm up and try to figure out witch color is dominating others on your screen. Then carefully turn rotating adjuster counterclockwise using Philips screwdriver. Try to muscle-remember original position of screwdriver so you can turn it back to it.
Eventually you will find the right one, you will see lines dissapear when you reduce voltage and reappear when you turn rotating shaft back. Sometimes more than one have to be adjusted.
Try to have all three color to be present and visible but with no over saturating and no horizontal lines.
Put cover and grill back - and that's should do it!

Apr 06, 2010 | Sony KP-57WS500 57" Rear Projection...

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The ITC222 convergence option missing repair kit from will usually repair that issue. The kit contains the parts and the CD with instructions.

Nov 14, 2009 | RCA R52WH73 Projection Television

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Same problem, only with RCA model P61926

Projection sets have two very common problems outlined below.

The first common problem is convergence

These sets need to have all three colors - RED - BLUE - GREEN - lined up correctly on the screen in order for the picture to look normal. This is called convergence.

When its out of alignment the video will look 3-D, wavy, distorted, etc. The TV can also shut down when the convergence starts to fail.

Most of the time you just need to adjust your convergence in the menu. If you cannot adjust it in the menu - then your convergence is broken and needs to be repaired.

Convergence problems are very common on all Projection TV sets including Sony, Samsung,JVC,Philip Magnavox,Panasonic,Akai,Pioneer, Hitachi,Mitsubishi,Zenith, RCA and others.

You can more info and a DIY convergenece repair kit with instructions from TV Repair Kits using the link at the end of this article.

Here are some of the most common problems with these sets...

*Screen Looks 3-D
*Colors wont align
*Screen may look distorted or warped or bowed
*No Audio/Video - TV Shuts down - May also make a constant chirping sound

Problem #2 - Another common problem is dull or washed out video.

Your set may have one or more of the following symptoms....

*Dull looking picture
*White looking picture
*Halos around objects
*Red/Orange looking picture


You can see some more examples and find a fix using this link on Fixya

Jul 27, 2009 | RCA P52937 52" Rear Projection Television

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Picture is curved like an hour glass

that a pincushion problem likely caused by a failed capacitor

Mar 26, 2009 | RCA Projection Televisions

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My philips 60" philips tv model 60pp9352 picture is squeezed at the middle (like an hour glass on its side), how can I fix?

This is a very common failure on Projection TV sets.
Screen looks 3D
Colors don't line up
One or more colors can't be adjusted when using the convergence menu.
Screen is bowed or warped.
You can see some example photos and find a solution here...

Mar 16, 2009 | Philips 60PP9352 60" Rear Projection...

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Double images

You could have some type of convergance (three colors, three guns) problem. Also a misaligned horizontal or vertical oscillator.Ceck to see if any of tiny magnets around the bell of picture tube or next to coils in and around bell of pix tube are missing.

Jul 29, 2008 | Hitachi 53UDX10B 53" Rear Projection...

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Problem With Colors

You need to re-solder the circuit board that contains the STK convergence modules. They're on the center circuit board attached to an aluminum heat sink that's about 8" long and 6" tall, about dead center in the circuit board. You may be able to recreate the problem (hour glass effect) by gently moving the heat sink (which the modules are connected to). This gives the hour glass effect on the picture and the advanced convergence screen. This is an indication that the modules pins aren't solidly connected (meaning soldered) properly. Remove the circuit board and clean the old solder off & resolder the modules pins to the circuit board reconnected the board and then retest by again pushing on the heat sink. This is a caused by a minimum effort (a.k.a. minimum cost) solder job, probably done in some 3rd world sweat shop. The "factory" job was good enough for 3-4 years but the heat (and these modules do create a lot of heat) and stress created from repeated use eventually takes it's toll, weakens the pin connections and our problem occurs. take the appropriate cautions working around the high voltage of the set & use a non-conduting piece of wood to push the heat sink when we doing tests.
If this doesn't work, the modules need replacing.
Best of luck, hope ya fix it.

Feb 01, 2008 | RCA P52926 52" Rear Projection Television

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HCN4727 hour glass picture and colors off

all of you are having the same problem with your convergence boards they need to ne replaced. about 250.00 in a shop

Oct 23, 2007 | Samsung HCN4727W 47" Rear Projection...

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Tv picture shaped like hour glass

The link you posted has been deleted, so I cannot see the picture you posted. If the sides bow in like an hourglass and the red, green and blue colors are still aligned then there is a horizontal width or pincussion problem, but if the sides bow in and the 3 colors have separated and are no longer anywhere near aligned then you have a convergence problem, both of which should be serviced by someone with experience in servicing projection TV's.

Jul 03, 2007 | Akai PT4298HD Rear Projection Television

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