Tips on How to Find Useful TV Repair Information Online

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This DIY TV repair site is coming to its first month of existence and I have to say that it’s been an interesting first month. Although intended to collate general information only about flat screen, LCD or plasma television panels troubleshooting and repair and at the same time point people to the right direction on where to get them faster, I think I may be able to expand into other areas of electronics repair that involve other types of televisions (like the traditional CRTs). We shall see.

Digging around for material to share here has been quite an experience because as soon as you do it, you’ll realize that it won’t be walk in the park. The information out there are confusing and I was not warned as to how huge this thing is as far as the internet is concerned.

So for this post, I came up with a number of tips on how to look for such information online. This is more intended for the beginners who are looking for do-it-yourself TV repair tips. Experienced electronics technicians should know what they’re doing and may have no need for these tips. Here goes.

Tip # 1: Dig Deep

The top results of the search engines for relevant search phrases usually point you to websites of service shops that are offering repair services for profit and hence are usually useless to us who are looking for information on DIY stuff. The information you need, from my experience, are usually deep in the search results pages and are far in between. It’s very reminiscent of a can of pork and beans. Most of the stuff you will get are beans and you will need to dig hard for that morsel of relevant pork. For example, this Vestel plasma TV service manual (UPDATE: File no longer available) was found very deep in Google results for some relevant search phrases (I forgot which one though).

Tip # 2: Ask Questions

There are a lot of TV repair forums out there that you can check out to get help for specific problems you are having. One that quickly comes to mind is answers.yahoo.com. There’s also that nifty site called FixYa. The only problems with these sites are that first, you are at the mercy of chance because you don’t really know who are going to be able to see your question and if ever you get an answer, you have no idea about his level of expertise in providing you an answer. Second, there’s also a really good chance that you’ll need to wait hours or days or even months for the information you are asking. Some of us, me included, may not have that time to spare. Also, if you do get an answer, it is a good idea to have it verified or seconded by another reliable entity. This route is quite time-consuming.

Tip # 3: Join Communities

One good thing about the internet is the assurance that you’re not alone. There are always other people out there that are having the same problems like you and are looking for answers. Sites like www.TV-Forums.com is an example of f.r.ee membership sites where you can exchange ideas and get information about electronics and TV repair. Again, you should watch out for potential problems as the ones mentioned in Tip #2.

Tip # 4: Pay for Information

There are a bunch of sites out there that offer information (service manuals, e-books, videos) as a business. The ones I’ve seen sell service manuals for a price which is around $10-$30 per electronic copy. If you’re looking to fix just one television unit then this might turn out to be more cost effective if and only if you already know what you’re doing and are experienced in handling electronics. Take note that what you get from these sites are just service manuals and schematics. I’ve seen a lot of those and most of them will look like calculus to the inexperienced. For laymen undertaking a DIY LCD or plasma TV repair projects who are looking for beginner-friendly step-by-step instructions on how to go about it, there are other pay-sites that offer such. An example of these are LCD-Television-Repair and Plasma-Television-Repair sites which offer highly relevant useful information for a really really really low price compared to the online shops that sell manuals per piece (their package includes 400++ manuals).

Tip # 5: Protect Yourself

Digging deep into search engine result pages tend to get you into possible contact with websites that may be of dubious nature. There will be some of those sites that might try to insert computer viruses into your PCs so I will advise you to be careful and to always have your anti-virus programs updated and running when you go surfing. I personally have four things protecting me that you might want to check out: SiteAdvisor, FireFox (w/ No-Script add-on), Avast AV and last but definitely not the least… Common Sense!

Tip # 6: Bookmark this site!

Yes, this is a little self-serving but, hey, this is my site! Hehehe. I will of course continue to provide useful information about LCD and plasma and other flat panel televisions and point you to directions that I hope you you will find useful.

That’s it, folks! Looking for LCD and Plasma television repair information online can be a rewarding experience as it can be disastrous and expensive. My hope is that with the help of these tips you will be able to steer clear any disaster and will not spend more than you really need to.

Thanks for reading these LCD and Plasma TV repair tips.

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Plasma and LCD TV Repair Information: How easy is it to find them?

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If you’ve been scouring the internet for information on DIY television repair then you probably already know that it’s one of those things that are easier said than done. Sure there are lots of sites and TV repair forums that offer help on the subject but most of them offer bits and pieces of information that will be hard to put together most especially if you’re a non-technical person who’s looking to undertake a do-it-yourself repair project.

Of course you want to do it right and avoid mistakes that could cost you more. Hence, you set out to arm yourself with as much as information as possible so you go on the internet to search for them but finds puzzle pieces. Yikes.

We all know how it goes. You go to a forum and post a question and waits for an answer. If you’re lucky you get an answer quickly and one that actually helps. If you’re out of luck, days and months will pass while your plea for help gets stuck in virtual limbo. This poor fella waited one year for an answer to his plasma screen problem query. He probably gave up on it and just hauled the thing to a service center and got billed $600 for a problem that can probably be resolved with a careful soldering exercise. Or worse, he could have thrown the television out. Hopefully, he didn’t hurt his back carrying the thing out and thereby spent thousands more for physical therapy.

Looking for repair manuals and schematics? You will find online stores that are selling them per copy but if you wish to get more for many other brands and models then it will definitely be expensive. But there are these LCD TV training membership site and plasma TV training membership site that are offering repair manuals for over 400 brands and models worldwide for a small fee that would be equivalent to just around 4-5 manuals if you get them from those buy-per-copy sites.

Yes, you could get some manuals free as well but again, they will merely be pieces of the puzzle. The membership sites I mentioned above are actually giving out a free service manual for Sony LCD TV Model KLV-27HR3 and one for LG Plasma TV Model DU-42PY10X. I downloaded them but alas- I didn’t know what to do with them. If you’re a non-technical person like me, you’ll probably need more than just the TV repair manuals.

The two membership sites that I mentioned above have them all— basic information for beginners and detailed technical data for seasoned or experienced repair gurus. And here’s the kicker: They have visual troubleshooting guides which I definitely love!

They’re the ultimate repair forums where you won’t have to buy each and every manual. You pay a one-time fee equivalent to to a couple or so decent burgers and you will get all the information you need from, get this, from only one or two sites! You will also get access to new manuals and information that come out any time in the future!

See there’s no need to go sleuthing all over the internet for a wild goose chase. Get complete TV repair information now and quick!

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Are your TV Repair skills still profitable to have?

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The television is one of the cheapest sources of entertainment and continues to serve its purpose wonderfully ever since it first became commercially available in the 1930’s. The telly is here to stay and the question of whether your TV repair skills can still earn anyone a decent income may be partly answered by sheer numbers. The latest figures I have found so far was a year 2005 Wall Street Journal report that pegged the number of television sets worldwide at around 1 to 2 billion. That’s a lot of TVs out there considering that was more than 3 years ago!

I would venture to guess that electronics repair should still be profitable if you know how to get a slice of the pie that the major manufacturers’ service centers are getting by offering better service at a lot more friendlier and affordable prices.

You should also learn to adapt to the modern times and be open to updating your skills by investing a little bit of your time and resources to learning new things.

Recent trends indicate that the traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) television is on the decline and that more and more growth is seen in the newer technologies of television. New statistics indicate that the liquid crystal display (LCD) and the plasma flat screen are well on their way to explosive growth! This is true even with the current financial turmoil (circa 2008-2009) that originated from the US housing bust. Now, everyone is starting to scrimp on expensive vacations and has started buying new televisions for their recreational needs. Stores offering discount LCD and plasma TVs don’t hurt either.

The decline of demand for CRTs means there will also be steady decline of prices and profitability in that area. People buying these types of televisions are seeing them more and more as disposables and would rather buy new ones instead of having malfunctioning ones repaired.

On the other hand, the increase in the demand for the newer LCD or Plasma screen televisions could mean there will also be an upcoming flood of second-hand units in the market that thrift-buyers should still prefer. This is seen especially in developing countries where most people still could not afford the newer technologies and second-hand markets are still thriving.

At any rate, it is my opinion that this business remains a viable venture for anyone who’s interested. The only keys to success are identifying the areas of opportunities and adapting to the times.

Hence, the acquisition of new repair skills is a pre-requisite to staying competitive in the business of electronics repair. This should not be as hard as it sounds as there are ways you can learn, for example, Plasma or LCD TV repair, without getting formal training or without attending any training schools. There are now online membership websites that offer step-by-step trainings for a really low fee that you can recoup in when you service just of one television unit! You can get TV repair tips online and study at your own pace but at the speed of the internet!

There is definitely going to be a huge demand for services relating to the huge number of flat screen televisions out there in people’s homes. Catch the wave before it happens and make your TV repair business flourish.

Update: You might also want to read this related television repair business post.
Update 03May09: A new related post about the TV repair business indicates that there is still some great demand out there for this service!

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Plasma TV Problem: On-screen Vertical Black Line

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Below are two totally contrasting videos on how to repair the screen on a big screen tv, specifically a well-known plasma television problem where vertical black lines appear on it. The first plasma TV repair method, shown in the first video, may be a fun way to do it but it might lead to more problems that could cost you more. The second method shown in the second video is a more sober way of doing it. This is a very simple fix that you could do to so you won’t have to bring your unit to service centers and get charged $600. You can learn this problem fix and offer to do it for others and charge them…

Video 1:
Problem: vertical black line on plasma screen
Tool/s needed: baseball bat

Video 2:
Problem: vertical black line on plasma screen
Tools needed: soldering iron, solder, screw drivers, pen and paper
Time duration: approximately 1.5 hours or longer

Related: Repairing Panasonic Plasma TV (TH-42PZ77U) with LED Blinking Problem

Some important tips before starting your repair project:

1. UNPLUG the unit. This is very important. You shouldn’t save a few hundred bucks by fixing your telly yourself and then spend thousands on hospital bills.

2. Use the pen and paper to create a diagram of the back panel of the screen so you can map out the locations of the screws so you won’t have trouble putting them back. Take note of the screws for the smaller backing plate and the main backing plate. Don’t mix them up.

3. Use a desk lamp to illuminate the work area and the circuit boards that you’ll need to work on.

4. Take your time soldering. If you’ve had no experience soldering before, some practice is recommended. Soldering the circuit boards is fiddly work but once you get the hang of it, it will be quite easier. Don’t burn yourself!

To learn more about TV repair for beginners (or even for experienced or expert repair individuals), I’d recommend that you check out this membership site on plasma television repair. It’s a community full of resources (E-books, service and training manuals, schematics and support) and is quite a gold mine for anyone looking for comprehensive information on this subject and for anyone tired of scouring the net for scattered bits of information that you still had to put together.

Thank you very much for reading this flat screen TV repair tip.

Update: A new video on how to solve this problem has been posted on July 1, 2009. This time it’s on a Hyundai 4240 plasma black line problem.

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TV Repair Safety Tips

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Electrocution is a distinct danger you expose yourself to when working with electronics. It’s quite nice to save a few hundred bucks by learning to repair your TV but if it will land you in hospital because you didn’t the necessary precautions, then you would have defeated the purpose of your DIY TV repair project- which is to save some money while at the same time acquiring a new skill that you may or may not use to earn more money.

I’d say that common sense is still the best weapon against any accident involving electronics. Making sure that your test or work area is safe should be a priority and if you think you can’t make it an acceptably safe area to work in, then don’t work in it. Find and go to an area where you can confidently exercise the following precautions:

1. Wear appropriate TV repair clothing. A rubber-soled shoes and gloves are advisable.

2. According to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guideline for “Safety in electrical testing: Servicing and repair of audio, TV and computer equipment”,

The most significant danger to people carrying out electrical testing work is that they might suffer an electric shock. Any simultaneous contact of a part of the body with a conductor that is live at a dangerous voltage, eg one that is connected to the mains supply, while another part of the body is connected to an earth, will result in an electric shock. There is also a risk of burn injuries resulting from arcing when conductors are accidentally
short-circuited.

Where possible, the work should be done while the equipment is not connected to any electrical source (i.e., equipment is dead).

3. If you’re on location or in a customer’s home performing your repair service, then you should make sure that you have ample space to work in and that the members of the household are well-briefed about the dangers. Create a temporary barrier around your work area to prevent kids and pets from getting into it. Allow plenty of space to work in so you’ll have enough safe space that you can use to break contact (in case of shock).

4. Never leave an equipment unattended and exposed when it’s in a dangerous condition (e.g. wires exposed)

5. If you’re in a workshop setting (not a home location), then the preceding precautions may also apply. Brief everyone about the dangers and allow for ample work area that is protected from unauthorized access.

6. When in doubt, don’t do it! You can refer to the HSE guidance on electrical testing safety for a more detailed info on the safety precautions you can take. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either! Get access to comprehensive information about plasma TV repair and a membership site on LCD TV repair.

Goodluck and stay safe!

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The Do-it-Yourself LCD TV Repair Solution

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The liquid crystal display (LCD) has come a long way from its Japanese digital watch beginnings. Today you’ll find LCDs everywhere and one area that it has experienced exponential growth in is in the entertainment devices industry, particularly, the LCD television segment.

If you bought one yourself and are looking and are reading this post then I’m guessing things may have turned ugly for you and your LCD or LED TV and that perhaps you’re looking for some repair information. If you’re still within the warranty period then you may stop reading and just bring it to the manufacturer’s service center and have it fixed for free. Otherwise, please read on.

In my opinion, being able to do simple things like replacing the busted backlights or fix the power supply module of LCD TVs should become an option for TV owners versus having no choice at all but to bring it in to a repair shop or service center and then get charged a painfully high premium a fix that would otherwise be a simple tweak. Learning how to repair your TV yourself can be a great exercise for you because it can save you a lot of money and perhaps even let you earn extra cash by doing the same service for others.

Read: What’s the difference between LCD, LED and OLED TVs?

lcdtvrepairmember_cardBut is such an option really feasible? Is there a way to learn how to do this via the DIY route? Well, here is where electronics repair professional Kent Liew comes in with his LCD/LED/3D repair training membership site where he provides expert level advice and information for those on a quest to learn, improve and excel in the field of electronics repair. His membership site contains a huge database of repair and service manuals, schematics, course e-books, etc. which you can access when you get in. Kent only asks for a one-time fee of $29.95 and you’re in for life and able to access member resources at your convenience. One good thing about the program is the fact that it can be useful for all skill levels— from novice to expert level technicians. The site continually gets updated with new info so you can be sure you’ll get up to date information as the technology moves ever forward. Case in point, they now have repair information on newer LCD TV technologies like the LED and 3D flat screens that are now flooding the market.

With the right kind of information, learning how to repair LCD televisions is no longer that hard for anyone willing to learn. No need to go to formal TV repair schools to learn complicated theoretical concepts. All you need is some enthusiasm to learn, a computer, the right tools and the detailed step-by-step visual how to’s complete with schematic diagrams, tv repair and service manuals and hundreds of pages of information on more than 400++ different brands of LCD TVs which Kent makes readily available to you anytime you need it.

>>>Check out Kent Liew’s LCD TV Repair Training Membership Site<<<

(See related article: LED and 3D LCD Flat Screen TV Repair Information)

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