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Ghost images I am getting ghosting or shadow images especially during sporting events. I tried the image restoration and that did nothing. I unplugged the cable box and hooked the cable directly to the tv and the images were still there. Is this a fixable problem? Any help short of calling the tv repairman? Thanks in advance for any help. Mark

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  • Mark Pilewskie Mar 29, 2007

    I can't post a picture, however the best way to describe it is a body or shapes look like they have a grayissh black outline around them. It is more noticeable when there is a figure on a contrasting background, such as the tannish color of a basketball floor, and the players on it. It doesn't occur much or at all in closeups, it seems to occur more say on a panoramic view, half or full court view, vs. a closeup of a player shooting a free throw. Thanks for the previous response. Mark

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2007

    Also having ghost images. It's most obvious with large text on the screen. A lighter image of any particular letter will be right next to the original letter.

  • tineust Feb 19, 2008

    same problem

  • kewlmodude Feb 23, 2008

    i have a ghost image around the outline of the persons on the tv or the words Its like a double image no matter what setting i put the screen on or what setting the image revision is on the auto is the best setting but every thing seems like its a nich off where its should be a little help

  • padamson Feb 29, 2008

    I have the same problem on my 2003 model. My set is out of warranty, unfortunately. My technician says that it's an optical block problem and the part at wholesale price is $1,200.

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  • mrweiss May 01, 2008

    same here

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  • Richard Jun 16, 2013

    I called Sony and they said your TV is toast... I researched online and have the fix... contact me if you want it



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Red Ghosting on Sony Grand WEGA KF50XBR800 Rear Projection HDTV.

This problem FIX was been published on this website back on August 11, 2008. I used the procedure successfully 2 or 3 times and haven't touched it since January 2010. My Sony is a 2002 model and had the problem pop up in 2009. Here is the procedure I found here in 2009 - with some clarifying editing.

Best Solution PROBLEM: Red Ghosting on
Sony Grand WEGA KF50XBR800 50 in. Rear Projection HDTV. (This may also work on the Sony Grand WEGA KF60XBR800 60 in. Rear Projection HDTV). This procedure was posted on Aug 11, 2008 on this website. I've used it two or three times. After the last reset I've not had to touch the TV. IT REALLY DOES WORK!! Plus, you don't need an expensive Service Call! 1. Power off -- let bulb cool. 2. On TV Remote: Push the Display - 5 - VOL+ - Power buttons (in quick sequence) to display Service Menu. 3. Go into the User Menu and set Auto Revision back to auto. 4. Put an image on the screen that shows the problem. The edges of a 4:3 aspect ratio signal or a vertical line in the picture usually displays the ghosting very well. It is a pinkish "shadow". 5. Use 2 to scroll through the categories to find D GM TG. 6. Use 1 to scroll through items in D GM TG to find V POS D. 7. Write down current value. 9. Use 3 and 6 number buttons on the remote to change the value to minimize the ghosting. You should only need to move it up or down a value or two. 10. Press Mute - Enter to save the changes. 11. Power off and let the bulb cool.

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I just got my ghost problem resolved by getting a technician to come by and all he did was to reconverge my TV.
The pictures are much clearer and the ghosting images seems to have been corrected.Give it a try and yours should be good again.

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Sounds like a light engine issue to me. Is there anyway you can post a picture of the issue itself?

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A "ghost image" appearing to the left or right of images in the picture. Can be varying shades of a primary color (red, green, or blue) as well as gray. Can easily be seen in the 4 x 3 mode, at the edges of the picture.

To correct the problem, please do as follows:
  1. Access I2C Menu. (See page 57 of the Service Manual).
  1. To enter the I2C Service Menu, with power off, (on the front control panel) press and hold the INPUT button. Then press the POWER button for two seconds. The following Service Menu will appear.
03b_ghost_image01.gif Figure 1
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  1. Using the Remote Control joy stick, scroll down to next page (see Figure 2) until LCD ADJUST is highlighted.
03b_ghost_image02.gif Figure 2
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