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Picture is snowy/dark

Tv is approx. 3 years old. after shutting off, turned back on and the picture will not come in clear. It is dark and snowy. We have tried disconnecting/reconnecting all of the cables and hooked a different tv up to the outside cable line, other tv has great picture.

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I hit the auto tune on my tv and only have the snowy screen how do i get my picture back

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Update: Well, we ended up calling the repair man and we had a bad Y-sustain board and also a bad Z-sustain board. According to the guy who fixed it, it was due to over use of the TV and using main power button instead of shutting off through the cable remote. 650.00 later and a few weeks later, we now have a fixed plasma. No real suggestions on how to get more life out of the new boards.

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