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HDTV help/advice

YoshuaYoshua Registered User regular
Long story short, there was a power surge that affected my apartment. I thought it was minor since the lights only flickered and came back on. But it seems to have done something bad to my TV and I am not sure how fixable or worth fixing the problem is. As it is right now the HDMI ports don't work at all, I cannot get any signal from any device (including ones that were not even hooked up at the time) through either of the two ports.

This bums me out since trying to watch HD channels on cable through coax is laughably bad and irritated since my TV is not full mission capable now.

The rest of the TV works. And I can still get an HD signal through the componant connections. So I know the TV is not totally hosed.

My question to the masses, what could be wrong? Is it cost effective to try and have it fixed, and who can I trust to do it for reasonable cost? (In the Savannah GA area, if that matters). I mean if it's as simple as a blown fuse, then fixing it should be reasonably simple and inexpensive (at least compared to replacing the television, it's a 42" LCD 1080p set so it's still not quite what I would call cheap).

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    There is no reason you should not call a television repair(wo)man for diagnosis. Something major is clearly wrong.

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    YoshuaYoshua Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    There is no reason you should not call a television repair(wo)man for diagnosis. Something major is clearly wrong.

    Well other than costs, you are quite correct. I'd hate to spend money getting it diagnosed only to find that either A) I can't afford to have it repaired, or B) It's not cost effective to fix. B being the worst case since that literally would be money pissed away on nothing. A of course is temporary, but I have a kid coming and can't commit to spending a lot of money right now (and unmarried E-4's in the Army aren't exactly rolling in the dough).

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Understandable. A tech might charge minimal (if anything) to diagnosis it on site. My amateur diagnosis is that since the TV still works it wouldn't be horribly expensive to fix.
    Was HDMI the only port used when the surge hit?

    You should start accepting though that this was an expensive way to learn the value of a surge protector.

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    YoshuaYoshua Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Understandable. A tech might charge minimal (if anything) to diagnosis it on site. My amateur diagnosis is that since the TV still works it wouldn't be horribly expensive to fix.
    Was HDMI the only port used when the surge hit?

    Yeah I was playing Red Faction. Heard some thunder and lightning and was headed to shut everything down. Then the lights flickered.
    You should start accepting though that this was an expensive way to learn the value of a surge protector.

    That is what really pisses me off, it was on a surge protector and a pretty nice one at that. Supposedly they offer some kind of guarantee for protection, but I have no idea where the receipt for the thing is anymore.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Receipts only prove you bought it, you don't need to prove you bought it.
    Figure out what surge protector it is, research the refund, go from there. You may be in luck, but there is a good chance that
    a) not everything plugged into the TV was going through the surge protector (includes coax if possible)
    or
    b) the surge protector was previously damaged and should have been replaced

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