Question about Hitachi 53SDX89B 53" Rear Projection Television

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  • wscb77 Dec 08, 2008

    We are having the same issue with the Hitachi 53SDX89B TV- red and green bowing from top of screen. The bowing spans about 6" in height, red on top of green to the middle of the TV; bottom half is shadowed red behind green.
    After running the Magic Focus, a 3 flashes on the bottom right of the screen.
    We'll need step-by-step instructions (in laymen terms please!) on how to find out the cause of the problem~ the least expensive way would be most appreciated!
    Thank you in advance.

  • gregorytal May 11, 2010

    Mine is doing the same thing with the red and green it started after it was moved can i fix this problem? I also tried the magic focus with no change



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Do not adjust any knobs as instucted in the previous thread if you TV have a convergence problem. Doing so will only make things worse. The blog does however show you how to fix other common problems with these sets.

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.
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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.

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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.

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50 in projection TV has horizontal blurring lines at the bottom half of the screen, picture visible , but blurred. Can you identify the problem and the fix?

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Yes on some models, have you tried the Magic focus after the set gets warmed up?

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It is a convergence problem (see attached photos) and total parts cost if you can do it yourself will be under 25 dollars--I know where to buy the parts at the best cost and how to do the repair.

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The color bands denote value in resistance and usually it will be a 1.2, 1.5 or 2.2 ohm resistor. You check them with a ohm meter, like checking a fuse--any that has no reading across it is gone.

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I also can not take credit for the link and would gladly give the people credit but I can not remember where I found it........another senior moment lol

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The most likely cause is shorted convergence chips and possibly a few pico fuses.

These sets need to have all three colors - RED - BLUE - GREEN - lined up correctly on the screen in order for the picture to look normal. This is called convergence.

When its out of alignment the video will look 3-D, wavy, distorted, etc. Most of the time you just need to adjust your convergence in the menu. If you cannot adjust it in the menu - then your convergence is broken and needs to be repaired. Convergence problems are very common on all Projection TV sets including Sony,Samsung,JVC,Philip Magnavox,Panasonic,Akai,Pioneer2_bing.gif Hitachi,Mitsubishi,Zenith and others.
You can get a convergenece repair kit with instructions from the links below.

Here are some of the most common problems with these sets...

Problem #1) Convergence

Yours may have one or more of the following symptoms...

*Screen Looks 3-D
*Colors wont align
*Screen may look distorted or warped
*No Audio/Video - TV Shuts down - May also make a constant chirping sound

Problem #2
Another common problem is dull or washed out video.

Your set may have one or more of the following symptoms....

*Dull looking picture
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*Halos around objects
*Red/Orange looking picture

You can see some more examples and find a fix herebb0cf99.png

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Good Day;
Suspect Convergence IC's STK4274, part Number 2003191. Replace all three IK04(red), IK05(green), IK06(blue).
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