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Sparkles Hi, I came across this LG 42PX5D 42 in. HDTV Plasma Television question on and thought you might be interested in reading it. Sparkles. My set is around 16 months old & has recently started doing this (appears to be getting worse). it is linked to a Sky HD box. I have several inputs including P.C using-(RGB), SKY -(HDMI), Home Cinema -(AV4) and DVD -(gold plate scart (AV2). The problem is active on all connections/inputs despite checking the connections. Occasionally (very rarely) it disappears for a programme or 2. At first didn't know if it was my sky signal strength but obviously, cant be that, if its active on all inputs. going to try the idea about panel power supply on fixya to see if it works. Regards, jason1

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Re: sparkles - LG 42PX5D 42 in. Plasma HDTV Flat Panel Televisions

Call tech ..suggest main power pack..

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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 :-)
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Good luck!

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