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Red bar/green bar on left side of vizio plasma

I noticed you posted a response to my problem on fixya. We have two bars side by side on the left side of the screen. They're each about 1" and about 2" in from the left. Originally just a green bar appeared and would disappear for periods of time. Then the red appeared and it also disappears from time to time. We contacted vizio and they attempted to help in emails. They recommend either the TCP connector or the XRBT board. I have no idea what either are. The tv is only about 2.5 years old. Does their solution sound right? And is it worth fixing? Thanks a bunch

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  • shelleymarie Apr 30, 2008

    hi again,

    well, while trying to contact vizio's recomended tech, the screen has now lost the two bars and now has what looks like a rainbow barcode on the whole left side of the screen. what should i do? fix or not? i can email pic if that would help. thanks

  • ADeal May 01, 2008

    I have the same problem, the hole left side of the screen has a rainbow of colors.  The tech at visio seem lost.  

  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    I have the same problem, the hole left side of the screen has a rainbow of colors. The tech at vizio are lost!!!!

  • toowildbill Jan 14, 2009

    I have two red lines running vertical on each side of the screen and now a new green line has appeared on the right side of the screen.  I email Vizio about the problem and they have not even written back.  While I was at their web site I read about their great support. But they won't respond at all. My screen is only a year old.  Would love to get a solution. Other wise it looks like I am stuck with expensive junk. Thanks for nothing Vizio.  I could find better treatment in a bad part of town.


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We have the same problem on our 42" Vizio plasma screen. I've had many conversations with the tech at Vizio, and they said it's an inherent problem with the screen (whatever that means) that can't be fixed, or is not worth fixing (as another comment says).

But...when a cable guy came to install a new dish, I told him about it, and he said he's seen it before on other plasmas, and that it may be caused by the sound speakers being placed either too near or in the wrong position near the tv.

He said there are magnets in the speakers that will throw off something in the screen.

We have a Bose sound system, and so we tried repositioning the speakers and subwoofer. The line did go away, but then came back. It comes and goes.

Who can figure this out? Well, for what it's worth, try repositioning your sound speakers.

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  • Patrick Kaiser May 10, 2008

    it sounds like the problem is with the xrbt board or its ribbon connector most of the time its the connector which is not replaceable it is part of the panel which probably costs as much as the tv did. so the question is do you want to spend the money to try something that may not work?


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