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Replacing an LCD Panel

Kul
03-12-2009, 10:57 AM
Hello,

My friend 'accidentally' punched his 32in Samsung LCD and now has a huge deffect on his screen. He offered to give it to me for free to try to fix it. I got my 42in Sony Bravia a few days ago but this could be a nice tv for the basement ( or a computer monitor?).

My question is whether LCD panels are as standardized as computer hardware? Could I replace the 32in Samsung LCD panel with any other 32in LCD panel that would match the Samsung dimensions? Could I replace a 720p with a 1080p and wise verse? What parameters should I be looking at? I found a 32in Mintek panelon ebay, can I use it to fix the Samsung? (http://cgi.ebay.com/REPLACEMENT-32-LCD-SCREEN-FOR-TV_W0QQitemZ160320376102QQcmdZViewItemQQptZTelevis ions?hash=item160320376102&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A570%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C2 40%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50)

I am not afraid of a little soldering but not an electronics expert either. I would greatly appreciate your help.

omeletpants
03-12-2009, 11:04 AM
Every manufacturer has very specific and different specifications for the glass they use. So processor and glass characteristics are fine tuned in unison to deliver the picture quality intended. Some glass is clear while some has a tint. Best to find a direct replacement for that glass.

PFC5
03-12-2009, 11:12 AM
I agree that you need to get an exact replacement for the panel. The electronics that do the scaling, etc are designed for that part number and not a different one even from the same mfg never mind a different resolution or mfg.

How do you "accidentally" punch a display? Was the picture so life like that he felt threatened by the image? :lol:

Kul
03-12-2009, 11:37 AM
Any idea on where I should look for a panel? My friend tried contacting Samsung for a panel repair and they quoted him something close to $1500. This TV is worth $800ish now so unless I could find a cheap panel i will not bother with it.

PFC5
03-12-2009, 12:04 PM
Try here:

http://bestbuy.partsearch.com/Search/Model/Samsung/Samsung.aspx

Bigloww
03-12-2009, 12:18 PM
I am not sure on the model or how old it is.... Since you can get a brand new Samsung LCD like this 1 for $599, I highly doubt trying to fix that thing would be worth it.. And if something else goes wrong, you are screwed..:what: And in many cases, the panel will cost as much (or even more) than a new set...

http://www.jr.com/samsung/pe/SAM_LN32A450/

Edit: As I stated above.. The link PFC linked above lists the LN32A450 I used in the database. The replacement panel for that TV is priced at $889 plus S&H.. JR has the set itself onsale for $599... Not saying you won't find it cheaper someplace else, but highly doubt you will find it for anywhere close to what the set is worth (with no warranty).. And many places where you may buy a replacement panel will not warranty that part if installed by a non certified tech..

Kul
03-12-2009, 02:55 PM
i'll scout ebay for broken tvs then but I bet shipping alone will make the repair unreasonable.

zip2play
03-13-2009, 07:30 AM
Don't bother with the TV...and perhaps with the friend lest he graduate to smashing OTHER things in a fit.

I think you can probably buy a new 32 inch set at a lower price than a reliable replacement panel.