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Help! My picture is a double image and has a sideways hourglass on the screen. Please help me!

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Re: Help!

Problem would lie on convergence board, usually two big STK ics and resistors

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My Panasonic PT53WX52F has a sideways hourglass picture with the green scroll running in an arc with the same red scroll running straight across. Is this the convergence chip you talk about?

There are two common problems with these sets.

Problem #1) Convergence

  • Screen Looks 3D
  • Colors wont align
  • Video may look distorted
Problem #2 CRT Fluid has clouded over. Symtoms
  • Dull looking video
  • White looking video
  • Halos around objects
  • Red/Orange looking video

You can see some examples and find a fix here...


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PT4298HD Double image

BINGO thats exactly what i get paid to do same price 285.00

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Philips 60PW9363 60 in. Rear Projection Television, red sideways hourglass

You can get the Kit at the following link which contains both ICs and the 12 Convergence resistors plus free instructions on how to do the repair. Its listed under their Convergence repair kit category and its called the DPTV305 - DPTV345 convergence repair kit. Here is the link.

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Red sideways hourglass

Your TV most likely has one of two possible problems.

Problem #1: Convergence Chip Failure ( common problem )

Here are some of the most common symptoms and example photos of a convergence problem
  • 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.
Here is a quick test....

Using your original remote go-to the tv settings then goto the convergence section.

Try to adjust the red and then the blue convergence.

You should be able to move them up, down, left, and right.

If you can't move them in all directions your convergence chips are bad and should be replaced. This is a common problem.

2c07611.pngSolution #1

You need to replace the convergence chips and convergence resistors. Check the site They have put together a kits for most models. If you don't see a kit for your set send them a quick note and they will put one together for you. Their kits include a photo instruction guide, original OEM Sanyo STK chips, convergence resistors, pico fuses, etc.

Problem #2 CRT Fluid is Cloudy

Projection TV tubes have a liquid coolant that is used to keep them from overheating. After many years the coolant in the blue and green tubes will become cloudy and cause the screen to look dull, red/orange, etc. You may even see halos around images.

Picture of a set that needs the fluid changed.

TV set after fluid change


2c07611.pngSolution #2

What you will need to do is replace the coolant and clean the crt. You can get a repair kit from that includes replacement coolant, photos. instructions, etc.

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Double image

If your model number is the PTH5498 you will need to replace both convergence ICs they are stk 392-040 you can get replacements at the followig link and they will provide fre instalation instructions with pictures. Here is the link.

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PT-47WXC43G-Red and blue look blured picture. Blue looks like sideways hourglass. Red is double image on the sides.

Convergence ICs you need two of them STK392-110 you can get replacement ICs at the following link with free instalation instructions with pictures so you can do the job yourself. Here's the link.

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Magnavox 51mp392h

replace the convergence ICs STK392-120 you will need both of them also check the 6.8 ohm resistors right next to the ICs as often 1 or 2 of them burn open. You should be able to notice the discoloration in the center of the resistors.

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My picture is a double image and has a sideways hourglass on the screen. Please help me!

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Problem with picture

Call in the tech your tv needs to be repaired you are having problem the tv video ciruit.if it does not have sound it wiil be in the IF circuit.good luck.

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