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  1. Something happy to offset my miserable collection!
  2. Ok so the board arrived, plugged her in and Kazzam!!!! just the same. then I realised the extension cable wasn't plugged in properly.... Huzzah!!! We have tv !! if anyone's tv goes south I highly recommend contacting this guy on eBay .. he will take you through it from literally getting the back off to how to use a multimeter to check 240 and low voltage stage of power supply and then send a board. it cost me $100 for the main board and just some time to check the others. He answered all my Qs in real time up to midnight!! Incomparison a guy took $150 off me to literally pick it up and bring it back and wanted an extra $250 to install the board. He's called Tristan at extreme-tv-parts on eBay based in Bris - Sorry for the big link! https://m.ebay.com.au/seller?sid=extreme-tv-parts&_mwBanner=1&ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe12050.m3965.l1181%2F7%3Feuid%3Db15f81f75de24a5884d40881526ebc6d%26bu%3D43747492516%26segname%3D12050%26crd%3D20200329221529%26osub%3D-1%7E1%26ch%3Dosgood%26loc%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.com.au%252Fulk%252Fusr%252Fextreme-tv-parts%26sojTags%3Dbu%3Dbu%2Cch%3Dch%2Csegname%3Dsegname%2Ccrd%3Dcrd%2Curl%3Dloc%2Cosub%3Dosub%26srcrot%3De12050.m3965.l1181%26rvr_id%3D0%26rvr_ts%3D30d2ff131710aadd2ef10bcefff8ff68&ul_noapp=true Cheers and keep well! James.
  3. oh and here's the state of play in the living room....I particularly like the soldering iron holder.
  4. OK chaps... So I pulled it apart and checked for dry joints on the PS/Ysus/Zsus boards - I resoldered one that was probably already fine but looked a little bit 'cracked'. Checked the output DC from the PS board with a multimeter and the first two pins (standby and PS on) were within spec 3.4/5.2V and AC was fine too. All following a great chap from Brissbie for some quick diagnoses from ebay. All caps looked ok by eye so I've got a main board arriving for $99 on Tues/Wed from him. (all ICs on there so not much a half-hack like me can do) Hopefully I'll plug it in and all will be ok. .. and if not - hopefully we are all self-isolating far better so that JB can stay open. I've learned a bit last night! James
  5. Yer - looks like I can potentially get a main board from Brissy/ebay - for ~$100. The seller on ebay sounds helpful - can talk me through it etc. Not sure about the PS - but again could get a board too... Just got to make time to take the back off etc or pay more and get someone else. Watching Netflix huddled around an old $1K Dell 24inch computer monitor close to the sofa is not so bad - I'll appreciate the increased real estate later. But I don't have kids - so not much complaining.
  6. yes he diagnosed - PS 'upgrade' (dry joints and a new cap) and main board replacement - but the quote to fix/replace was steep. I asked someone else and they thought it was far too much... deciding.
  7. yer I think this is what I'm going to do..... I'll let you guys know as the 'saga' continues.
  8. thank Jeff/Lemarquis - got a guy coming around tomorrow to pick it up and he quoted $150 which includes fixing power supply if that is the problem - seems unstressful as I just open and close the door and hand over some coin with the hope it will be fixed... Called couple of others and they didn't get back to me. - if not off to JB. Yer that's good that the new TVs have come along - I'll heck out LG too. Hopefully I'll get more time out of this one which will give me flexibility to check out what's out there. Was thinking the ~2K mark for 55' again (possibly 65') and something to last a few years. cheers J.
  9. yer good call that would be an excellent result and a quick fix - and the world would start to turn again and the GF would be happy again.
  10. cheers guys - waiting for some service people to 'get back to me.' I'll take in a simple DVD to JB (worst case example for netflix and some "cough cough" art house movies) and see how it goes on a Sony - if it looks ok then I'll just bite the bullet on one that looks ok, don't really look at the screen from the side so I have a bit of choice with balck levels, screen types. The last time I looked at TVs I couldnt handle the soap opera effect (maybe over interpolated), movies seemed like watching cartoons compared to the clunky old plasma... but I'm sure things have come along significantly since a few years back (so I'm told). The main problem of course - is I used to be indecisive now I just dont know. cheers James.
  11. My samsung series 8 55' plasma went off last night - woke up to some loud noises coming out of my surround speakers (tv muted) - now won't power up/no standby lights etc. So maybe a power supply board - was working perfectly well before. (Sometimes seemed to get/generate interference noise if it came out of standby with the Cambridge CXU already on) Guess have to decide whether it's worth fixing versus a new eg Sony HDLED or the like. It's 7 years old so out of warranty (and it is a plasma) but it was doing a decent job. Was wondering if anybody had any good experiences with local people? such as Phil at https://www.tvrepairsmelbourne.com.au/ who pick up too - which would be great. or e.g. another Samsung service centre. https://optimumesolutions.com.au/ otherwise I'll read the threads for 'which HDLED panel type to buy' etc etc.. and bite the bullet. thanks James
  12. Nice Portishead collection to grab - ahhh Beth Gibbons - fantastic voice, haunting and sublime - swirling discordance crashing into melody most (guys) sound piss weak in comparison. glws.
  13. Great buy, great amp a stonking bargain. I picked one up in 2002.. still have it. So very sweet and powerful sounding.... coloured so all recording sound great and in a very musical way also good for the winter months congrats on the buyer and seller!
  14. wow - is that a Muhammad ali Nottingham platter - or something? v. nice setups! & glws (not that you need it).
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