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Tv screen has slight hourglass shape

32 inch RCA flat screen has slight hour glass shape picture is drawn in 1/2 inch on sides i purchased this from friend??? do i return or is it an easy fix???

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    same problem can it be fixed



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A common fault are some of the electrolytic capacitors failing in the pin cushoning amp section, and probably in part of the scan amplifiers.

To service this will require the proper training and set-up to troubleshoot the set.

Take the set to a service center for an estimate. The cost can be at least an hour or two for the labour, and then the cost of the parts on top.

Jerry G.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008


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