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TV screen All of a sudden today our TV picture started looking like a wide screen movie picture with blank bars across the top and bottom. Fairly quickly thereafter the picture condensed more and more from the top and bottom till now there is just a ribbon of light running across the center of the screen. What happened and it it fixable?

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It will be an I.C. with a part number that probably starts with an LA_ _ _ _ and be on a heat sink in the vicinity of the connector going up to the yoke. Try replacing that. But first, check all the electrolytic caps around it for testing dry (sorry - takes a special meter to do it in circuit) or just replace them. May have lost power to the I.C. as well. Look the I.C. up in the free NTE crossreference at nteinc.com Get a diagram of its pinout to find what pins the power and outputs are on.
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