My Mitsubishi VS-5059 will turn on and power up correctly and displays a darkened image, but after about 20 minutes, it will fade to black (no image), although the audio will still work fine. I have tried adjusting the settings (brightness/contrast/etc.) but they all have little to no effect on the quality of the picture.
I am looking for a way to fix this problem as well as an estimated cost of repair. I was told that if my set is over 10 years old it isn't worth repairing, but I received this 50" TV for free, and I am not about to just throw it away!
Any advice or sugestions?
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Re: Dark Picture to no picture
Probably has some bad solder connections in the deflection/ power supply area, if you dont know about electronics, might call a repairman and put a few hundred $ into it or junk it, also it is not HD, just FYI
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You can likely buy a replacement remote here:
'Universal' remotes exist only in your dreams; there is no such thing since the manufacturers cannot agree on a basic code set that would work with any set.
None of them can control every function of every brand and model made.
Oh good, two people. I was getting weary of attempting to slightly change my answer for all the other people who didn't use the "has the same problem" feature. Anyway, the problem both of you have is not too far gone yet, but will get worse if you let it. It's the main capacitors. Maybe not all 21, but probably at least half of the 21 main caps are shot. All should be replaced at any rate. Any shop worth it's salt ought to be able to do this for you for under $400 if you can't do this yourself.
If still under warranty or if you have no electronic repair experience you should take the set back to the shop or to a repair person. Some of the solutions described below can be dangerous, TV's are very hazardous to service. Even when plugged out, TV's can store very high voltages.
This should not be an expensive job at most repair shops. Could be
something as simple as cracked, cold, defective solder joints around and near the vertical output chip, could be a faulty chip and other components in and around the vertical deflection circuitry, or a faulty vertical drive signal from the jungle circuits, or worst case a faulty deflection yoke. Take your television to a shop right away for a proper and safe repair. Do not keep the television looking at the red horizontal line....
you can easily damage or burn the CRT phosphors.