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Thank You Jerry G

That Toshiba (32AF43) with the high pitched whine after 5 -15 minutes of operation has dissipated. The TV was given to me, and it seems that moving it makes the loose winding or whatever worse. I am not a TV repair person nor an ET. A technician friend recommended applying some HV dope on the winding after finding the source. If the problem remains the way it is now, I'll just live with it; however, if it gets worse when the weather changes, I will take another look. I will be careful to discharge the tube and HV sources caps ... as I don't want to get shocked to kingdom come.
Lastly, thanks for the advise. It seems right to me.

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I would not advise you to work on the TV yourself. Even discharging caps and the HV can be dangerous for you, and it can cause collateral damage if not done properly!

The winding sound can be from defective decoupling capacitors in the associated areas, and or the windings of the reactive devices are resonating, and or some metal shielding is resonating with the high frequency magnetic fields radiated by these devices.

This type of fault can come from the switching supply, or the the horizontal output stage. In these areas they are using high current and high voltage type transformers that are driven a ultrasonic range of frequencies. The resonance you are hearing is in the sub-harmonic range.

An experienced TV tech should be able to service this for you. When the electrical part is in spec and at no fault, the mechanical resonance can be difficult to fix.

Most of the cost will be for the labor to do the work.

Jerry G.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008


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