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Lightning strike My sister gave me a Pansonic CT36HL43G 36" TV,it was repaired at Sears after a lightning strike and worked fine untill a narrow white line appeard in the middle of the screen and it finally went black after a few days of use.Can anyone guess if this unit is worth fixing,it cost $1700.00 in june of 2004.Thanks very much.Gene

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I have the same tv, but the problem I have is the picture is shifted to the right and can not correct it. At 1700, its probably not worth fixing because to expensive to repair, they dont make it anymore

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