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Apex PF3230 TV with pincushion problem.

The sides of the picture on my tv started curving inward displaying an hourglass effect. From what I read, it is a pincushion problem. I don't have and can't find a service manual for this set, so I don't know where the pincushion area of the mainboard is. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Apex PF3230 TV with pincushion problem.

Too dangerous for a home repair as this requires replacement high voltage components and adjusting the set with the back off while running.
Take to repair store.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

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