Items Covered This Month
CLCD3278 LCD TV
SLV-D985PAZ VCR/DVD Combo
Freeplay 3360 (FPR3
I was recently phoned by the owner of a local retail shop,
asking that I urgently repair an LCD TV which they used (in conjunction with a
DVD player) to display one of their products.
When I subsequently arrived at the shop, I found that the set
was attached to a wall bracket and they had neither the remote control nor the
original stand. That meant that I was behind the eight-ball before I even
The TV was a late-model Conia CLCD3278, which is an 82cm LCD
set with an internal analog cable tuner. I asked whether it was still under
warranty and was assured it wasn’t but in any event, they couldn’t find the
The owner demanded a concrete quotation almost immediately
which I said I just couldn’t do. Instead, I told him that it would have to go
back to the workshop and then I could provide a quote after I had examined it.
However, I did say that I thought the problem was due to the power supply and
that it could be rather expensive.
After some hesitation, they eventually agreed to let me take
the set away. When I got it back to the workshop, I immediately removed the
covers and took a look at the dual switchmode power supply. It was completely
dead, with no output voltages from either the main or standby supply units.
Subsequent checks showed that the 240V AC supply was available
all the way to the bridge rectifier. In addition, none of the parts showed any
signs of stress and there were no measurable shorts or open circuits in critical
supply paths. By rights, this power supply should have been showing some signs
Next, I tracked down the agents for Conia and was informed that
there were no circuits for the set. They also confirmed that this particular set
was no longer under warranty and quoted $400 for the MLT666 power supply.