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Wavey picture my set takes some time to "warm up". when I turn it on you cannot make out the picture at all but after a few minutes it clears up. The whole picture seems to have little wavey lines or twitching of the picture. what can I do? I was an AT in the Navy so I can fix it myself if I know what to fix or replace. thank you for your help

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  • sbell74 May 20, 2008

    how much do you think this problem would cost to fix it

  • ibleedbloo Jun 01, 2008

    Same problem here. Any recommendations on who to call?



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Zebra19. This problem is a common occurance in these sets. So common that there is a service bulliteen to service centers on it. Fixing it is not easy though. It ivolves 11 very very small micro capacitors. on what is known as the hypermodule. In an ideal world replacing the hypermodule is the best course of action. but.. these are almost impossible to find. if you are very good at soldering and have a lighted magnifer and very small twezzers it can be fixed. but if you damage the board....... i have done this repair about 6 times.. replacing them is what need to happen. 11 10 microfard surface capswavey picture - caae315.jpg this is the hypermodule ... it is a board in a sheilded can that plugs in behind the input termals in the back. kind hard to get too. the caps are the small circular components that you see with the red and black marks on it.
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