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# 205817 28-Nov-2016 14:25
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I have bad news. My 42" Panasonic ST-30 has died. Well by died, I mean the power light flashes 8 times then nothing. 

 

Looking online I found the following information (courtesy of Badcaps Forum)

 

2011 models > SC20 disconnected = 8 blinks.

 

Is there anyone in the know who would have an idea how much this would cost to repair and where in Palmerston North would be best to get this done?

 

 






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  # 1678877 28-Nov-2016 14:33
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Also found this on High Def junkies website.

 

 

 






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  # 1678941 28-Nov-2016 15:22
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My panasonic plasma died recently too -- i think they have capacitor issues. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1678950 28-Nov-2016 15:58
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I'd try ringing Panasonic or their approved repairer and asking about approx. repair costs. They will try say they need to assess it first, but if you state what you think the issue is and ask for the guide price. Tell them you won't hold them to anything.

 

However my preferred option would be to use the chance to buy a new TV. Getting a new TV purchase past the budget controller in my place is a once in 10 year opportunity - so this is the idea excuse to sneak one in 5 years early :)


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  # 1678971 28-Nov-2016 17:08
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KrazyKid:

 

However my preferred option would be to use the chance to buy a new TV. Getting a new TV purchase past the budget controller in my place is a once in 10 year opportunity - so this is the idea excuse to sneak one in 5 years early :)

 

 

The problem being while it's only an ST series and is 5 years old that the picture quality will be better than many modern TV's. Had it been a VT it would be better than any current model TV (bar an OLED).

 

 

 

 


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  # 1678978 28-Nov-2016 17:33
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Didn't realise the PQ in the ST series was that good. Another thought is 5 years might just be inside the CGA lifetime for a TV. Worth a shot ( especially if you can find out what consumer says is expected life matches your TV age)

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  # 1679897 30-Nov-2016 06:26
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It's not that hard to DIY repair in most cases, so long as the panel is still OK. The SS and SS2 boards are available on eBay for $50 (incl postage) or so.


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  # 1679908 30-Nov-2016 07:35
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Well worth looking on YouTube for some how to guides if you think you want to have a go.
I would try pushing the consumer guarantee act first though.




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  # 1679914 30-Nov-2016 07:46
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KrazyKid: Didn't realise the PQ in the ST series was that good. Another thought is 5 years might just be inside the CGA lifetime for a TV. Worth a shot ( especially if you can find out what consumer says is expected life matches your TV age)

 

ST was nicknamed the "standard telly" in the industry (vs the VT that was known as the "very good telly") but it's still a great picture.

 

Walking into a store today and looking at a TV is quite depressing. The 4K HDR demo content with brightness turned right up so the colours look amazing looks fantastic in a store but it's not the content people watch 99% of the time at home.

 

 

 

 


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  # 1679947 30-Nov-2016 09:09
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The st is the one I found had a Terrible dithered flickery juddery picture so just because some people rave about them doesn't mean that _you_ will not prefer something newer and different.




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  # 1679968 30-Nov-2016 09:47
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Surfisup could be right. Have a look at the capacitors to see if the top of any of them have bulges. I have rescued many devices just by having a quick look.


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