Question about Panasonic PT-53WX53 53" Rear Projection HDTV-Ready Television
Is the image bow-tie shaped, with red, green or blue fringing effects? If so, one of your convergence amplifiers has gone bad. (Bow-tie: at least one of the three primary colors in the picture goes out to the corners, but the top, bottom and sides are bowed in at the center.)
If it is simple color fringing, with no color grossly misplaced, something has messed up the convergence. This may be caused by a strong magnet near the set (for example, a poorly shielded audio speaker), moving the set so its orientation in the geomagnetic field is altered or its components mechanically shifted (rough handling).
If a convergence amplifier is bad, replace it before doing anything else. If you just have minor fringing, see your owner's manual for instructions on using the remote control to adjust convergence. If it isn't in the owner's manual, you'll need the service manual. Caution: if you try to adjust convergence with a failed convergence amplifier, not only will it not help, but you will have a lot of extra work trying to get it back to normal after you replace the amplifier. Try a small adjustment along one edge of the picture. If one or more of the selected color dots in the convergence pattern won't move, and you are sure you are following adjustment directions, stop immediately and proceed with hardware repair.
Convergence amplifiers are usually marked STK392-nnn where nnn is a specific variant number. Two are used; I usually change both because quite a few people have changed one and had the other die not long afterwards. Sometimes there is a fuse in the power feed to these modules that is also blown. If you change the fuse without replacing the amplifiers, you'll probably waste a new fuse.
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