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Thin line horizontally across screen

I have a 36" Toshiba tv which is about 7 years old. The screen only shows a very thin line(1/2 inch) horizontally in the middle of the screen. Is this a serious problem? Could it be a major repair? The model is 36AFX61.

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First of all this set is a CRT based set and thus has what is called a Vertical IC. This is the component that either has failed or has bad connections to the PC board. This is a simple and inexpensive repair. If you are comfortable working inside he set and can solder, you can fix this yourself. First look for the vertical IC. Is will be a small flat IC attached to a heatsink and will be marked TAxxx or LAxxx. Try resoldering the pins first. If that failes to resolve the problem, replace the IC.

If you are not sure whether or not you have the correct IC, post the marking here and I will confirm.

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Is the line thin and red? if it is, there is a good chance that it is a bad LCD. Even if it is not the LCD Panel, it has a good chance of being a fairly spendy repair (video board possibly) I would suggest purchasing new if you have a chance, the new TV's are significantly better in picture quality and a much lower price. (i suggest that you stay with reputable brands like sony, jvc, samsung, panasonic, etc.

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