Plasma and LCD TV Repair: Two Training Options

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If you are trying to learn electronics repair, particularly flat screen television repair which is this blog’s main subject, but are still undecided as to how you are going to go about achieving it then let me tell you flat out (no pun intended) that there are only two routes that you need to choose from. It is a fork in the road that you need to decide on before you proceed with your education in this area.

You could either learn how to repair an LCD TV or a Plasma TV through

  1. Offline means where you attend real TV repair schools or classes locally being held, or through
  2. Online Plasma and LCD TV repair course offerings

If you’re the sort of person who chooses to learn things in a structured, four-cornered environment, with an real live instructor or teacher whom you can query and interact in real time and space, then you should go for a classroom course and attend one of those electronics classes being offered in vocational or electronic schools in your location. There are some nice advantages in taking this mode of learning. One is it affords a really timely and the immediate feedback mechanism when you go to the practical aspect of the course. Your instructor will be able to point out quite quickly whether you are doing it right or wrong. Another advantage is, since you have other students with you, you will also be able to pick up lessons from their experiences, most particularly their mistakes. Furthermore, you will be able to build up rapport with fellows that can serve as a technical support network that can come in handy in the future when you go into electronics repair full time (or even part time).

One great disadvantage of going to an actual repair school is that you will definitely get charged high training fees. After all, you will need to pay for the salary of the expert instructors and pay for resources and facilities that you will need to use. Another disadvantage of a classroom setting is that you may not have enough time to cover all aspects of the technical aspects of electronics repair. What they usually teach you are the fundamentals and the important advanced principles but some stuff are usually left out because classroom education usually have time limitations.

On the other hand, if you are the type of person who chooses to keep his own time doing things and work at his own pace and at the convenience of his own home, then you should opt for an online plasma or LCD TV repair course. What you will need simply is a computer connected to the internet and you can be on your way to becoming an electronics repair specialist. Remember though that you will not have some of the perks that school courses have. For example, You will need to put up your own troubleshooting, diagnostics and repair tools. Likewise, you will also not have that instant feedback mechanism that I mentioned in the alternative mode of learning LCD and Plasma TV repair. Obviously this is because there is no teacher or instructor watching your every move. When you go the DIY way, you will need to be deliberate and careful with your actions so as not to injure yourself or damage your property.

The great thing about learning it all online by yourself is that this method will definitely cheaper than a classroom repair course. That is because you won’t have to pay teachers and you won’t have to pay for depreciation of the tools and equipment that you’re going to use. There are no investors (school owners) to keep happy but yourself!

The online method basically entails downloading information from the internet. That is it! Plasma and LCD TV repair manuals and books will be made available for you to download along with step-by-step guides to help you repair plasma TVs and LCD TVs. These materials will usually contain more information than what can be taught in any classroom short courses. Online courses also offer great technical support via email forums and bulletin boards.

In summary, if you are the sort of person who likes to learn through classroom interaction real live instructors or teachers then you should go for an offline classroom repair course. If you like to work at your own pace, download information, follow manuals, e-books, interact with fellow learners through online means and such, then definitely you should take the online repair course. The relative advantages and disadvantages that I provided above should help you decide on which method to choose to master the craft of electronics troubleshooting and repair.

Above photo of electronics repair course participants courtesy of Jestine Yong’s LCD monitor repair online course.

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LCD TV Troubleshooting: 4 Quick Tips

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Some basic LCD TV troubleshooting guide for HDMI-related problems

If your LCD TV is not responding when you turn it on, one basic thing you can do is switch it off properly, wait 10 seconds, then pull the TV plug from the power socket. After 1 minute, plug it back in and switch the TV back on. Hopefully, by some miracle, your telly is working again. If not, the next possible root cause of problems that you can look into are those that are related to the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connection.

HDMI is the best way to get high definition video these days, but it is so good that the content providers were worried their stuff would end up out on the internet, easy to copy and distribute. So they created this copy protection protocol, referred to as High Density Copy Protection (HDCP), which is like an electronic handshake system that validates the recipient of the digital signal. If the source recognizes the recipient display devices through HDCP, then video data will be sent. The problem, however, is when the HDCP process gets corrupted somehow. This will certainly will lead to bad or no video signals. This problem, although more prevalent in the earlier years of its life, can cause problems that may easily be fixed.

The following are some tips on how to troubleshoot such problems and the simple measures that you can do to correct them without sending the unit for professional help.
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LCD TV Problem: Polaroid Model FLM-3732

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How to repair a Polaroid LCD TV that’s showing no pictures

Learn How to Repair Other LCD TVs Besides Polaroids! CLICK

For those who bought a Polaroid LCD HDTV some two or so years ago, chances are you’re already having some issues right now with your unit. These televisions, particularly this model (FLM-3732), are notorious for blinking out on you because of some bad capacitors. Basically the symptoms would be such that when you turn it on, the blue indicator light lights up but the screen pictures do not. It’s just blank like it’s turned off. Although I’ve told people that this year might be the best time to buy a new TV, I remain practical in the sense that if you can repair your malfunctioning TV and it won’t cost you more than $4.00, then definitely, repairing should be an option worth trying. The alternative, which is to go out and spend around $600.00 for a new LCD TV should remain a course of action in the event that your $4.00 repair attempt fails.

There are 5 parts to this LCD TV repair video:

If you’re going to try this repair please remember my disclaimer and please keep in mind these TV Repair Safety Reminders. If you’re serious about learning how to repair flat screen TV’s please check out this online LCD TV repair course and this DIY plasma TV repair guide.

Thanks for reading good luck with your do it yourself LCD TV Repair project.

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Is the TV Repair Business a Dying Trade?

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Is the TV repair shop business on the decline?

Here is an interesting question that was posed in an article that I found while doing research. The author who happens to be a fellow webmaster (http://www.jestineyong.com) raised some interesting points that were somewhat similar to those that I raised in one of my previous TV repair business related posts. In that article I suggested that the key to surviving the current competitive environment is to expand your current business into including other aspects of electronics repair. If you currently offer repair services only for CRTs, then start offering services like basic LCD TV repairs or plasma TV troubleshooting and repair. Or perhaps learn how to repair LCD monitor so you can add that to you services menu as well!

Electronic repair service – Is it a Dying Trade? by Jestine Yong

I have received the same question many times from my friends, colleagues and students asking if electronics repair is a dying profession. My usual answer to them is it depends on how you handle your repair business. I am aware that in the current situation many consumers may prefer to purchase a new rather than have them repaired because electronic equipments are steadily getting less expensive. However, this is only true for certain types of equipments.

Here are some questions I suggest you think about, would you buy a new LCD TV set if your it is merely having a sound problem? Would you buy a new monitor if you are merely having color problems on the screen? Would you get a new laser printer just because of a simple paper jam? Would you buy a new dot-matrix printer just because of alignment problems? If you talk about lower-priced equipment such as a unbranded VCD or even a DVD players, indeed it is understandable that the users may just prefer throw it away and simply get a new unit with a one year warranty. However, if the equipment costs several hundreds or thousands of dollars, definetely the users will tend to consider sending it for repair first. Fact is, there is still a significant number of users falling under the second category that are willing to send their machine or equipment for repair.

Few years back, my sister purchased a cheap, no brand 21-inch TV which was priced half of the branded counterpart. After 2 weeks of normal use, the front button panel broke down. The remote control did the same thing and ceased working after just 2 weeks! I tried repairing it the substandard parts that they used proved to be impossible to work with. Further, the quality of the picture produced by the TV was so dull and lacked ideal contrast. Since then I have resolved not to buy any unbranded equipment in the future.

The new 32″ LCD TV that I bought few months back was a LG brand. Even though there were other cheaper unbranded LCD TV, I did not buy it as I knew the quality is inferior to the branded one. The reason I am telling you this story is because I think there will come a time when the behavior of buyers will change. That will mean consumers will be getting smarter and may reject stuff that are low in quality.

If more consumers start preferring branded equipment and stop minding spending a little bit more, in the long run, it would benefit the electronics repair business. Why? Because we would be getting more things to repair (consumers rarely scrap their equipment at first sign of trouble) and that means more revenue for the business!.

Now, if customers send their faulty equipments to you for repair, how fast you can fix and how good is your communication (people skills) with your customers (either end users or dealers)? I’m asking because these are some of the factors that will really affect your business. Even if you are the best electronic repair person in the world but you do not know how to communicate or talk to your customers, then your repair business may end up losing to your competitors. In today’s competitive business environment, you need to build strong relationships with your customers more than ever before. I understand that most of us as in the technical field may have some difficulty in facing customers (communication). The way we convince our customers is not as good as those born with good communication skills like a good salesman that they can easily treat any customers like they’re long lost friends. I’m not here to ask you to compare with them but we have the choice of improving ourselves. Many of us like to dwell in our comfortable place (technical department) and concentrating doing our repair job and at the same time ignoring what happen to the surrounding (including of entertaining your customers) am I right? My friends, if there are no sales and no customers; there would be nothing for us to repair. Without sales, there would be no activity in your company!

I have had the chance to talk with some of my colleagues who had given up their electronic repair service businesses to find other jobs due to the strong competition in this repair field. When I asked them why they quit the answer that I get indicate their frustration about them having less to repair and the sad result of dwindling income. I asked them if they tried searching for new customers and offered other services related to fax machines and computers. I asked them if they tried marketing strategies like visiting electronic or computer shops, or distributing flyers, etc. Most of them answered no! You see, as mentioned above, if there are no sales coming in, your repair company will surely have to close down. Not only that, most of them do not have the people’s skill to convince their customers. Sales won’t come in into your doorstep on its own unless it is recommended by your friends or customers. Why those big corporate engage lots of salesman? Because no sales means no business!

Some final advice: Charge your customers with reasonable price, build a good relationship with your clients or customers, do not cheat, work hard and smart, improving yourself and learn how to get sales and with the perseverance in you , I don’t see why a person can fail in his electronic repair business. At this moment, my company still has lots of customers sending faulty monitors and printers for us to repair and lately LCD Monitor repair is a blessing to us because we can charge a higher price.

Lastly, if you serve your customers great, you will eventually have a base of loyal customers who will promote your organization or company which will ultimately be good for any electronics repair service business. It is now your choice whether you wish to change and improve yourself or to remain where you are.

Author Jestine Yong is the owner of the very informative website LCD Monitor Repair.

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Plasma and LCD TV Repair Parts Store Directory

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Where to Get Replacement TV Parts

Learning how to fix LCD televisions or repair Plasma TVs yourself doesn’t end with getting access to all the information being featured in this site. After all, how can you repair anything if you don’t have the parts to replace the busted ones with? If you wish to go into this seriously, or even if you just wish to undertake a DIY repair of your monitor or television, you will not accomplish anything if you do not find sources for the parts you need.

So I came up with this list of online stores that offer replacement parts for those busted televisions.

Disclaimer: I have not tried using the services of the following stores and this is by no means an endorsement any kind. This list of stores merely serves as an aid for those who still don’t know where to start or for those looking for more suppliers. Please do your due diligence before spending your hard earned money on these sites.

This list is a work in progress. I will add on to it as I learn more. If you know of other stores that should be here, please tell me about them by commenting.

MCM Electronics – Your Connection to Electronic Products and Components
Address: 650 Congress Park Drive, Centerville, OH 45459 USA
Phone: (888) 235-4692, (800) 543-4330
Fax: (800) 765-6960
Email: sales@mcmelectronics.com
Website: http://www.mcmelectronics.com/
Payment Options: Credit Cards, C.O.D.
Shipping Options: Worldwide
Live Chat Support: No
Email Support: Yes
Remarks: –

Electronica USA
Address: 2828 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 USA
Phone: 1-800-722-5578, 303-322-3037
Fax: 303-322-1135
Email: sales@electronica-usa.com
Website: http://www.electronica-usa.com/
Payment Options: Credit Cards, C.O.D.
Shipping Options: Worldwide
Live Chat Support: No
Email Support: Yes
Remarks: –

Moniserve LCD Parts
Address: 1600A Noriega Street,San Francisco CA 94122 USA
Phone: 415-682-8685
Fax: 415-520-6934
Email: sales@lcdpart.com, info@lcdpart.com
Website: http://www.lcdparts.net
Payment Options: Credit Cards, Paypal
Shipping Options: Worldwide
Live Chat Support: No
Email Support: Yes
Remarks: –

ShopJimmy
Address: 9201 Penn Ave S., Suite 40, Bloomington, MN 55431 USA
Phone: 952-881-6492, 877-881-6492
Fax: 952-884-5028
Email: sales@shopjimmy.com
Website: http://www.shopjimmy.com/
Payment Options: Credit Cards
Shipping Options: Worldwide
Live Chat Support: Yes
Email Support: Yes
Remarks: –

Suburban Electronic Wholesalers
Address: 4905 Suitland Rd., Suitland, MD 20746 USA
Phone: 1-800-341-5353
Fax: –
Email: contact form at http://www.suburban-elect.com/contact.php
Website: http://www.suburban-elect.com
Payment Options: Credit Cards, C.O.D.
Shipping Options: –
Live Chat Support: –
Email Support: Yes
Remarks: –

Wiltsgrove: LCD TV Parts
Address: 9201 Penn Ave S., Suite 40, Bloomington, MN 55431 USA
Phone: (44)-0121-772-2733
Fax: (44)-0121-766-6100
Email: sales@wiltsgrove.co.uk
Website: http://www.wiltsgrove.co.uk/
Payment Options: –
Shipping Options: –
Live Chat Support: –
Email Support: Yes
Remarks: –

TV Parts Outlet
Address: 222 Bryant Street, Denver, CO 80219 USA
Phone: (303)722-3333
Email: sales@tvpartsoutlet.com
Website: http://tvpartsoutlet.com
Payment Options: Credit Cards, Paypal
Shipping Options: Worldwide
Live Chat Support: –
Email Support: Yes
Remarks: –

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The DIY Plasma Television Repair Resource Site

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Learning how to repair plasma televisions at the comfort of your homes has now become a possibility. The internet can now virtually transform our own living rooms into TV repair schools without the high tuition fees of attending a formal course in an actual laboratory or classroom setting. If you’re already an experienced TV technician then this is very much boon as you won’t have to leave your house just to learn repairing the newer big screen televisions that are slowly taking the place of the older televisions. You can learn on the job! And as far as I’m concerned, that’s an option that should be given everyone.

One of the best sites (if not the best site) out there to get relevant information that you can actually use is this Plasma Television Repair Membership Site which I’ve already mentioned a number of times in this blog. Basically, this site is Mr. Kent Liew’s database of every pertinent information regarding Plasma TV Troubleshooting and Repair. He promises to give you access to at least 70 training and plasma repair and service manuals along with his service bulletin and his very own Visual Troubleshooting E-book which I think is pretty cool and would be of great help to electronic repair beginners like me. The membership is lifetime and you will get access to whatever additions he makes to the database in the future as he promises to update the site regularly.

Check out some of the following plasma TV problems. Have you encountered these?

Color aberration

Horizontal bands on screen

Plasma screen severe image distortion

Plasma screen distortion

Reddish pictures on screen

Screen flicker


With the help of Kent Liew’s Visual Troubleshooting Guide, you will learn what the above display problems mean and which circuits to look for to correct them.

That’s basically it! It’s one of those no-nonsense websites that goes right to the nitty-gritty and teaches you the stuff you really need to know by providing, and I quote, only “the best and the latest” to stay competitive in the electronics repair business. After you get your access, you can go immediately and download everything he’s promised: the manuals, e-books, software access instructions, SMD codebook and many more!

Ey, you should check out the site to see their members area screen shots and some sample repair training and service manuals. Like me, I think you’ll be thoroughly impressed!


Best of luck in your plasma television repair projects!

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