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Sharp Aquos?

sean
05-14-2005, 06:04 AM
Anyone here have a Sharp Aquos LCD? I have the 37" model (LC-37G4U) and I'm having a problem. Everything has been working great for the last year. Turned it on yesterday, and a 2 inch wide "bar" (lack of a better word) appeared in the center of the screen. This "bar" runs vertically from the top of the screen to the bottom. Within the "bar," the image is being stretched and magnified. Very strange. Thought maybe I had a bad component video connection from my satellite receiver, but no. Same problem when using standard cable and my DVI DVD player. Any suggestions on what the problem is, how I might fix this?

Kindly,

Sean

RSawdey
05-14-2005, 12:26 PM
Time to exercise that warranty... get thee to a service center...

sean
05-14-2005, 02:20 PM
Damneth!!! :D

WRG
05-14-2005, 06:47 PM
Ahhh, thats a shame :p Mine is still deliverin' great PQ :D ...sorry to hear :p

sean
05-15-2005, 09:33 AM
WRG lives in Miami, eh? Ol' Seanie powers up his electric wheelchair, starts out for the sunshine state ... ;)

Unfortunately my warranty--one year parts/labor--ended less than a month ago. Dang! I can only wonder the cost for anything major. Hopefully the problem is in the AV unit itself and not the LCD panel.

Dred! :rolleyes:

rbinck
05-15-2005, 01:39 PM
It probably is not the panel itself, but the driver circuits. I'd talk to Sharp if you are that close to the warrantee limit, they may do something for you.

sean
05-15-2005, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the advice, rbinck. I'll ask Sharp when I call them tomorrow morning. :bowdown:

I thought it might be the AV unit myself. There are no pixels burned out. The picture is as beautiful as ever--save for that goofy "bar" stretching through the center of the screen. Hopefully, if something does need to be done, I can just take the AV unit in for a diagnostic instead of having to lug the panel in as well. Darn thing is hanging on the wall--and it was a pain getting it there!

Take care.

Sean

joeuu
06-01-2005, 06:41 AM
FWIW: Probably too late for you but my 32" would do that on occasion and I could always clear it by turning off with the main power button at the top right and then back on.

sean
06-01-2005, 08:09 AM
Thanks for the tip, Joe! :bowdown: Thankfully my TV corrected itself. The power went on/off in rapid succession one night ... and ta-da! It was gone. Whew! The last thing I wanted to do was try and take that bloody thing off its wall-mount. What a pain that would have been! :eek:

SONALIS
06-01-2005, 07:53 PM
WRG one has to learn to be nice.Some day your Sharp may just die.
Remember all we are here to help,may the force not be with you
WRG unfortunatley not Miami's best.

RSawdey
06-02-2005, 06:02 AM
With power like that, you should be looking at an UPS or surge protector...

NoSharpee
06-02-2005, 09:32 AM
This will be a long message, but you should read it if you are thinking about making this purchase. I just bought the new Sharp LC 37D5U. It failed completely after only 3 weeks. First, let me say that the warranty claim of in-home service is bogus. As soon as you call for warranty service you are told that you have to bring your tv to an authorized repair center or have them pick it up because they can't fix them in the home.
Now, the tv that I paid nearly $4,000 for has been completely non-functional for more time than it was functional -- and there is no end in sight. The "authorized" repair center techie told me that Sharp is having serious problems with the LCD control modules on these tvs and they are so new they have no upgraded replacement parts available. He said he's already seen 3 or 4 of these, and Sharp is still trying to figure out how to deal with the problem. Therefore, my brand new tv had to get shipped to a repair center, dismantled, and then have the defective part shipped to Sharp where it is "reconditioned", shipped back to the repair center, re-assembled, tested by leaving it on for 24 hours!!!! (apparantly the parts are overheating inside the tvs causing them to malfunction and the tv to shut down. They can't keep them cool enough with the internal fans.), then shipped back to me "some day." I am sick to my stomach over it. While I wait, I am paying for the new satelite service with HDTV package that I had installed just for this tv, but now can't use because the tv is sitting in parts on a table top somewhere.
And I'm leaving out all the really aggravating details about spending 40 minutes on hold at Sharp every single time I call to try to get an update, and having Sharp representatives repeatedly give me bogus information and blow promises regarding call backs, delivery dates, repair work, etc. It has been a complete nightmare.
I'd think twice before buying this tv.
One more thing, the tv failed at just the right point in time to prevent me from buying an extended warranty. Now, I fear this piece of crap will be nothing but problems and continue to fail costing me hundreds once the warranty is up.
Also, beware of the CableCard claims. Sharp installed the old "unidirectional" cablecard technology in these tvs which gives you extremely limited functionality and is practically worthless for digital cable because you can't access any of the unique features of digital cable -- although your cable company will make you pay for them nonetheless. You will end up with that ugly box you tried to avoid anyway. My advice -- wait for the next generation of tvs.

WRG
06-02-2005, 10:53 AM
SONALIS...Give me a break, you have no idea where I'm coming from. It was meant only to support his misfortune, read my post , I said "I was sorry to hear"...I'd never take cheap shots at anybody, especially when they're down on their luck....You don't know me personally so I can't imagine what qualifies you to make judgement call on me...Words can often and most time be misunderstood, especially on the internet where all you have is a keyboard connection....Nothing was directed at him personally, I thought it was a shame that his Aquos wasn't up to par, as they are great sets...Check all my post's, see if I made any derogatory comments towards people....do your research before you make these types of judgement calls, obiviously you haven't got a clue :cool: