My television is about 5 years old and is now not working properly. The screen will be fine as soon as you turn it on but as soon as you leave it on for 5 minutes it starts fading into a bluish color and eventually the whole screen is a very bright blue color and you can't see anything. If I turn it off and leave it for a couple seconds and then turn it back on it will be fine for about 5 more minutes and then the same thing will happen again. Any ideas of what is wrong or how to fix this? Do I have to get a new TV? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Con't : Is this something I can try to troubleshoot myself? Is it worth trying to get fixed cost wise or should I just buy another one?
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Re: FADING TO BLUE SCREEN
Sounds like you have a problem with the blue gun in your picture tube or its drive circuit.
You might remove the back cover and gently tap on the neck of the picture tube using a plastic
screwdriver handle while watching the screen in a mirrow. If the picture flashes back on or on and off then the picture tube is the problem.
If this is a projection tv you have three separate tubes : red, green & blue.
you'd need to tap the blut one.Gently!!!!
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From your description, you may either have a bad cable to the LCD on your laptop or the LCD screen itself is going bad. I would guess a repair shop may charge $100-200 for the parts and labor, but you'll have to check your local area for price estimates.
Since your computer is nearly 3 years old, you may want to consider purchasing a new computer, especially since they start at $300-500 brand new.
this sounds like a transistor issue concerning the ccfl lamps the power transistors are deteriorating and they will eventually go bad you can have them replaced and that should fix the issue. otherwise I would say have the capacitors that feed the ccfl's may be getting old and need replacement as well, its not something the average customer will want to do but if you have a service center that does electronic repair then that would be bst. Hope this helps
Open up the front of the set by removing the speaker screen and the black piece of particle board. on the bottom right you will see 4 knobs. Turn those knobs slowly till the arcs go away. The 3 knobs on the bottom are for color. the 3 on top are for the focus.
I'm about 90% sure it is the blue picture tube developing an intermittent heater to cathode short. I'm surprised the set isn't shutting down shortly after this happens. A service call will tell you for sure as it could also be a bad solder connection causing a similar symptom. My own procedure to check it out would be to GENTLY tap the neck of the suspected picture tube with a screwdriver handle to see if I could get it to come and go (Or get out my CRT tester and measure it with the power off). Obviously by holding the screwdriver blade you don't want to accidently short anything out as there is about 33,000 volts a few inches away from where I would be tapping. Nuff Said.