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Lg plasma problems

My screen sparkles after like an hour of usage.

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  • greg420blues Feb 11, 2008

    Mine is sparkling non-stop from the moment we first turn it on to when we turn it off. I was told that we may just have to adjust the voltages ... can anyone provide any advice to how I'd do this? I don't mind trying ... but need to know where to look, etc.

  • greg420blues Feb 11, 2008

    I'm getting mostly red sparkles on the screen the entire time I watch it. Where can I look for instructions on how to actually adjust the voltage? Okay .. take off the back panel ... then what do I look for? I'm a novice, but don't mind trying .... even if it messes up the TV ...

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    my tv 3 yrs old sparkles intermitently. is this likely to get worse? is there a solution?



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Try to reduce the Vs voltage about 5-10V below its spec value. Vs is from the Power Supply board. The spec value of Vs was printed on the back of PDP panel. (You need to open the back cover)

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Makes you wonder why nobody is taking on the problem, doesn't it?
Well , to the best of my knowledge, it is because nobody really can.
To understand why you have to understand what do they sparkles come from.
They are random electricity discharges coming from capacitors or other components that act like capacitors, but mostly capacitors.
When laymen hear about capacitors they usually associate the word with bulged electrolytic capacitors, which often cause problems in electronics of all kind.
Well this time it isn't about them.
It's about all other capacitors - or other components exposing similar qualities - which are installed on the board. Most of them are small filter capacitors put in parallel to the big ones or to other passive components such as diodes and resistors.
The excessive heat developed by the sustain boards damages those capacitors. It hardens the electrostatic material they are made of and small breaks in it start occurring at voltages that shouldn't otherwise be causing issues.
The trouble is, they can be everywhere. You can't just pinpoint which ones were caught at fault and causing the sparkles.
When it gets REALLY bad eventually the whole capacitor burns and either shorts or, more commonly, just breaks.
Believe it or not I've seen a board that exploded before my very eyes and , after the explosion, started working LIKE A CHARM!
Turned out a small filter capacitor had blown. It as not essential for the board's functionality and after being problematic for so long and causing image deffects it had eventually shorted completely and literally exploded.
Luckily, the short it had created was too short in time and apparently in a circuit that could take the load for a short while without getting damaged.
So after it blew everything worked just great!
it's a real story from my repair experience.
Hope this helps all consumers, DIY enthusiasts and competitors alike :-)
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Good luck!

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