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When's the last time you saw a TV repair shop? - Mark's Journal
mhaithaca
mhaithaca
When's the last time you saw a TV repair shop?
I guess my Sony HDTV is about five years old, or maybe six, and there's no reason it couldn't be perfectly adequate for another five or six. At 42 inches and seven feet away, it doesn't much matter that it's not a 1080p TV.

The problem is that the HDMI port (yes, it has just one) has been increasingly flaky. The picture often flickers or cuts out, and while sometimes it settles itself down in a minute, I often have to get up and go unplug and reconnect the HDMI cable to get the picture back solid for a while. (Yes, I've replaced the cable.)

I'm sure replacing the HDMI port in the TV would solve the problem entirely, but even if I could find someone who'd do that, I can't see schlepping this behemoth to a shop. (It's not a flat-panel device that can be lifted by one hand, but a rear-projection LCD TV.)

As a workaround, I'm doing most of my TiVo watching using the component cables, which have no such problem. That has a couple of drawbacks, though, in that the Apple TV and Blu-ray Disc player need the HDMI connection, and with the audio ports going to the TV alongside the component connection, they can't go to the Slingbox. (I use that rarely enough that it shouldn't be a big deal.)

Even if I weren't on an austerity budget until I get a full-time job, I'd feel silly buying a new TV when this one mostly works. One thought I had is that I could switch it with the newer 32-inch Samsung in my bedroom, but that would be noticeably smaller in the living room and the Sony would look ridiculous in the bedroom.

I suppose eventually I'll get a newer TV in the living room that'll slowly pay for itself by using less electricity, but for now, I'll make do with this one.
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jccohen From: jccohen Date: May 20th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Best Buy would probably fix it, but you might be able to get a new TV for the price.
jccohen From: jccohen Date: May 20th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Google says OHM electronics on Clinton Street.

Also Sears Home Services and Best Buy's Geek Squad.

And for some reason Hi-way Hi-fi, but I think that's a false positive.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 20th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, OHM occurred to me, and that's where I'd go if I wanted to buy a bare HDMI port to solder in myself.

Unfortunately, the extended warranty I bought from Best Buy is long since expired, or they'd show up at my house and fix it for free. I suppose I could ask for an estimate.
jccohen From: jccohen Date: May 20th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I loved it when they came out and replaced the screen portion of our TV. We do have a flatscreen, so I could have taken it to them, but they actually said that geek squad prefers you not do that.
gibbie69 From: gibbie69 Date: May 20th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oddly enough, I noticed one yesterday (it's been there for years and I've certainly seen it before, but it just really caught my attention while we were driving down the road yesterday). I was wondering to myself "who gets TVs repaired anymore?" However, I think schlepping it to Indiana's probably a bit much.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: May 22nd, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Modern Times

The way stuff is made these days, that port might not even be soldered - but may be as simple as a set of interior clips ... if Geek Sqaud will come to your place and do what potentially be a simple fix, it might beat schlepping the thing down to Ohm ?
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