View Full Version : This is awesome: My less than 3 year old 42 inch plasma is dead


sppunk
06-17-2009, 09:11 PM
And it had an extended Circuit City warranty.

Fuck shitty new appliances/gadgets. I'm now watching a 13 inch TV/VCR combo that was made in probably 1988.

bardy
06-17-2009, 09:15 PM
did you leave it on 24/7?

ATS
06-17-2009, 09:16 PM
how long did it take you to realize it wasn't working

Toby
06-17-2009, 09:16 PM
sucks, dawg

agenda suicide
06-17-2009, 09:17 PM
how long is the extended warranty for?

agenda suicide
06-17-2009, 09:17 PM
itt: ask sppunk

I'm Hardcore
06-17-2009, 09:19 PM
the cries of the consumerist generation

bardy
06-17-2009, 09:19 PM
does circuit city still make good on their warranties? are they in chapter 11 yet?

sppunk
06-17-2009, 09:20 PM
did you leave it on 24/7? We don't watch TV much - I doubt it's ever been on more than five hours a day. The circuit board is dead, I'm thinking. No controls work - not the remote, not the control panel. It'll turn on and go to static and you can't adjust anything. When it's turned off, the power light blinks sporadically.

how long did it take you to realize it wasn't working When I came home and tried to turn on the Sox game.

how long is the extended warranty for? Three years, but since Circuit City doesn't exist the warranty company in control of their stuff magically "cannot locate our sales records" despite a sales receipt showing the warranty.

duovamp
06-17-2009, 09:20 PM
the cries of the consumerist generation

^Says Mr. Cocoanut Radio and 1 computer per village.

sppunk
06-17-2009, 09:22 PM
itt: ask sppunk

Yeah, sure, why the hell.

ITT ask me

Ol' Couch Ass
06-17-2009, 09:23 PM
Hmm, this thread should be merged with this one.

http://forums.netphoria.org/general-chat-message-board/166960-things-suck.html

bardy
06-17-2009, 09:24 PM
circuit city still has a website, they seem to be having a pretty good deal on a replacement TV for ya

TVs, Computers, Cameras, GPS, Home Audio, Desktops, Laptops, Consumer Electronics, and More at CircuitCity.com (http://www.circuitcity.com/)

oh, it's now owned by

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
On May 19, 2009, Systemax Inc. purchased the Circuit City brand and website. Systemax Inc. has been in business since 1949. Systemax Inc. is a leading multi-channel retailer of computers, electronics, and industrial products in North America and Europe. Systemax Inc. is a publicly traded company on the NYSE under the symbol SYX.

agenda suicide
06-17-2009, 09:25 PM
Three years, but since Circuit City doesn't exist the warranty company in control of their stuff magically "cannot locate our sales records" despite a sales receipt showing the warranty.

completely slipped my mind that Circuit City went under. durrrr.

bardy
06-17-2009, 09:26 PM
hahaha their extended warranties are now through AIG, are they the ones who "lost" your information?

Debaser
06-17-2009, 09:37 PM
all the tech sites i read have always said that extended warranties are a giant rip off.

sppunk
06-17-2009, 09:39 PM
all the tech sites i read have always said that extended warranties are a giant rip off.

I'd never purchase one - it was free.

Anyone have any recommendations for a new TV? Prefer 42-50 inches.

samuel redman
06-17-2009, 09:41 PM
I don't have a television anymore, can't say I miss it.

Debaser
06-17-2009, 09:47 PM
I'd never purchase one - it was free.

Anyone have any recommendations for a new TV? Prefer 42-50 inches.

you can prolly find a very nice 52" samsung lcd 1080p for around $1600 on sale somewhere

killtrocity
06-17-2009, 09:48 PM
^ Samsung

Debaser
06-17-2009, 09:49 PM
i've only had experience with samsungs. they're always at the top of the critic lists and i'm quite happy with my 52" and 40" samsung lcds.

sppunk
06-17-2009, 09:50 PM
I have a 21 inch Vizio that I picked up for cheap and like it quite a bit too. I always read Samsung makes great LCDs.

Trotskilicious
06-17-2009, 09:52 PM
it's what you get for buying useless shit just to have it

Debaser
06-17-2009, 09:53 PM
Best HDTVs overall - CNET Reviews (http://reviews.cnet.com/best-high-definition-tvs/?tag=leftColumnArea1.0)

Ugly
06-17-2009, 09:53 PM
Lost doesn't start till Jan 09, you got some time, wait the prices out. Of course, you're probably also paying for HD cable now too, so if you can call it off and then get it back, you'll make some scratch. I've never found baseball was very improved by HD. All I ever see is how much they dribble tobacco. Of all the sports, I do think that football does look way better on HD.

bardy
06-17-2009, 09:56 PM
costco sometimes has really good deals on TVs... but you got to get them fast because you'll never see them again

Trotskilicious
06-17-2009, 09:59 PM
by the way you know you need a digital connection to watch tv now right, might explain the static

since you don't watch tv much n stuff

but since you don't watch tv much and still have a massive state of the art television you probably have expanded digital cable you don't watch

sppunk
06-17-2009, 10:11 PM
by the way you know you need a digital connection to watch tv now right, might explain the static

since you don't watch tv much n stuff

but since you don't watch tv much and still have a massive state of the art television you probably have expanded digital cable you don't watch

We have Dish Network, thus that digital switch doesn't apply.

Eulogy
06-17-2009, 10:18 PM
i would be tempted to make fun of sppunk like trots did but his whole persona became much more legitimate in my eyes when he revealed that he and his wife made a pact to never have children.

buy all the unnecessarily expensive TVs you want, bro.

Eulogy
06-17-2009, 10:19 PM
also, it sucks that this one crapped out on you.

my family has never had a really nice TV, and the only one i have is like 17 inches or something. it all works out. but watching a NASCAR race from my bed involves lots of squinting. :(

sppunk
06-17-2009, 10:22 PM
I can justify a large TV since I'm blind as shit.

beef curtains
06-17-2009, 10:29 PM
nascar? you becoming a republican eulogy?

and dayumn that sucks about your tv sppunk. I heard plasmas were going to be off the market soon.

D.
06-17-2009, 10:30 PM
i have one of these bad boys:
<img src="http://www.bybb.com/images/Combo.jpg">


it was like, $75 three years ago. but i don't watch a whole lot of t.v. on it so the recent, unexplainable bright spot on the left side of the t.v. doesn't bother me too much. anjd i can't justify getting a new one, so i'll just use it until it goes completely dead.

sppunk
06-17-2009, 10:33 PM
Your taste in shitty movies now makes perfect sense.

Eulogy
06-17-2009, 10:34 PM
nascar? you becoming a republican eulogy?


i've watched NASCAR longer than i've been posting on netphoria.

D.
06-17-2009, 10:34 PM
Your taste in ###### movies now makes perfect sense.

naw, i watched those on my 17" computer screen.

but yeah, i don't even watch movies that much anymore, either.:cry:

ravenguy2000
06-17-2009, 10:48 PM
i'm the other gay here who watches nascar.

well, i'm kinda forced to. it's sometimes on in the same room. i like to watch the last 10 laps

Eulogy
06-17-2009, 10:57 PM
i'm the other gay here who watches nascar.

well, i'm kinda forced to. it's sometimes on in the same room. i like to watch the last 10 laps

this is the first i've heard of it! i thought you just flipped it on to see tony.

Corganist
06-17-2009, 11:01 PM
i've watched NASCAR longer than i've been posting on netphoria.

Meanwhile, I wouldn't watch NASCAR even if someone paid me.

Kinda funny how that works. It's almost as if stereotypes aren't always accurate!

Eulogy
06-17-2009, 11:02 PM
exception that proves the rule?

Joe
06-17-2009, 11:21 PM
call a repair man.

if just the board is fried it can probally be fixed for less than $200 bucks.

maybe even less than that if it just got hit by a power surge or something, call the tv's tech suport office, they can give you the button combo to hold down to put the tv back in default factory mode witch could very well fix it there

Future Boy
06-17-2009, 11:30 PM
wouldnt fixing the old one be cheaper.

Joe
06-17-2009, 11:33 PM
and nascar is gay

make perfect sence eulogy watching it though

I'm Hardcore
06-18-2009, 12:15 AM
^Says Mr. Cocoanut Radio and 1 computer per village.

hahahahahaha

touche

Nimrod's Son
06-18-2009, 01:08 AM
We don't watch TV much - I doubt it's ever been on more than five hours a day. The circuit board is dead, I'm thinking. No controls work - not the remote, not the control panel. It'll turn on and go to static and you can't adjust anything. When it's turned off, the power light blinks sporadically.

When I came home and tried to turn on the Sox game.

Three years, but since Circuit City doesn't exist the warranty company in control of their stuff magically "cannot locate our sales records" despite a sales receipt showing the warranty.

Small claims. File, they give in.

Nimrod's Son
06-18-2009, 01:10 AM
I'd never purchase one - it was free.

Anyone have any recommendations for a new TV? Prefer 42-50 inches.I know it's WalMart but feel free to buy it elsewhere.

Best bang for the buck.
Walmart.com: Philips 47" Class Full-HD 1080p LCD HDTV, 47PFL3603D/27 - Energy Star Compliant: TVs (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9252217)

Tchocky
06-18-2009, 02:23 AM
Last October, the store I work at reset their HDTV section with newer models, and reduced all their old models to fire-sale prices. I knew the day this was going to happen ahead of time, so when the day came in which the price of the old HDTVs dropped, I ran into the store at about 2am and bought it. Magnavox 26" LCD HDTV with an HDMI port...for a mere $190. It's not the greatest, but it sure as hell beats playing my PS3 on my old 13" RCA. :p

sppunk, this is a little smaller than you wanted, but I found this on slickdeals...seems like a nice price:

Best Buy has Insignia 37" 720p LCD HDTV for $398. Choose in-store pickup to save on shipping, otherwise it's $70.
Specs:

* Resolution: 1366 x 768
* Contrast Ratio: 1500:1
* Tuner: ATSC/NTSC/QAM
* Inputs
o 3x HDMI
o 1x VGA
o 2x Component
o 2x S-Video
o 2x Composite
o 1x RF (Antenna)

ohnoitsbonnie
06-18-2009, 03:42 AM
That's the problem with plasmas. LCD ftw

I'm Hardcore
06-18-2009, 04:01 AM
dudes my tv is 15 years old and cost me $106. 29 inches of pure pleasure.

cork_soaker
06-18-2009, 04:04 AM
my tv is the night sky

it is also my computer

D.
06-18-2009, 05:08 AM
dudes my tv is 15 years old and cost me $106.
:rockon:

29 inches of pure pleasure
thatswhatshesaid

Eulogy
06-18-2009, 07:05 AM
and nascar is gay

make perfect sence eulogy watching it though

yeah dude it's so fucking gay that's why i like it

sppunk
06-18-2009, 09:01 AM
I'm going to get an estimate on repair, but have little hopes it'll be worth it.

Regarding plasma vs. LCD - I much prefer the look of plasmas. LCD viewing angles blow and have shitty color compared to plasmas. Unfortunately really only Panasonic makes large plasmas still and I won't buy another Panasonic.

That said, can anyone give me parameters on what to look for in a new LCD? I don't need top of the line picture, but prefer a very good product.

Here's a Vizio (http://shop.bjs.com/Vizio-47--34--Full-HD-1080p-120Hz-LCD-HDTV-40-quot----49-quot-_stcVVproductId60882145VVcatId428420VVviewprod.htm ) that looks nice. But what contrast ratio and response times should I aim for?

killtrocity
06-18-2009, 12:26 PM
a contrast ratio of at least 500,000:1

fluxequalsrad
06-18-2009, 02:22 PM
projectors are great for the poor/don't give a fuck. underrated.

topleybird
06-18-2009, 02:44 PM
Unfortunately really only Panasonic makes large plasmas still and I won't buy another Panasonic.

My shamefully cyclopean Samsung plasma begs to differ

fluxequalsrad
06-18-2009, 02:48 PM
My shamefully cyclopean Samsung plasma begs to differ

http://www.thesimpsonsquotes.com/images/frinkearmuffs.gif

sppunk
06-18-2009, 02:57 PM
My shamefully cyclopean Samsung plasma begs to differ

I wasn't aware Samsung was still making plasmas - they have such a huge LCD following I assumed they had stopped altogether producing them.

This news makes me happy.

topleybird
06-18-2009, 03:56 PM
Ayuh, I just got mine last summer. Damn fine contraption. Damn fine.

threetwooneZERO
06-18-2009, 06:47 PM
sppunk what brand was your plasma?

I have a 42" Sammy Plasma, that I use a lot and I love it. It's almost 2 years old and it's still great. I would suggest going with Samsung or LG for Plasma. Like yourself I prefer plasma over LCD.

My parents have a 50" LG plasma and have no complaints.

sppunk
06-18-2009, 08:07 PM
It is a Panasonic.

Hypocaust
06-18-2009, 08:18 PM
So wait. Why did you buy anything from Circuit City in the past ten years which may need a warranty? Seriously.

Debaser
06-18-2009, 10:45 PM
I would suggest going with Samsung or LG for Plasma.

isn't there only three plasma tv manufacturers left

samsung, LG & panasonic

Elvis The Fat Years
06-18-2009, 10:51 PM
this is what happens when you hate bobby flay. serves you right.

Joe
06-18-2009, 11:42 PM
yeah dude it's so fucking gay that's why i like it

well i guess that makes sence

I'm Hardcore
06-18-2009, 11:45 PM
sence or cents?

Joe
06-18-2009, 11:54 PM
ohhh burn

threetwooneZERO
06-18-2009, 11:57 PM
isn't there only three plasma tv manufacturers left

samsung, LG & panasonic

I'm not sure debaser, I haven't kept up with that. It's a shame if that's the truth.

ryan patrick
06-19-2009, 02:27 AM
you're rich right buy a LED

Trotskilicious
06-19-2009, 02:29 AM
he doesn't pump his own gas

possibly because it's illegal to in PA but i'm not sure

ohnoitsbonnie
06-19-2009, 02:33 AM
It's not

Trotskilicious
06-19-2009, 03:16 AM
i know it is in jersey that's the only reason i say that

Trotskilicious
06-19-2009, 03:16 AM
or at least it was four years ago

sppunk
06-19-2009, 08:06 AM
you're rich right buy a LED

LED is a LCD with different bulbs. It's the same fucking thing, except they jack the price up by saying it's "new."

mxzombie
06-19-2009, 08:23 AM
they're pretty different to be honest

sppunk
06-19-2009, 09:31 AM
I've always read (in fact, last night on CNET and the NY Times) the only different was LED/fluorescent bulbs. Is that really not accurate?

bardy
06-20-2009, 05:18 PM
if you trust some dude on yahoo answers:

Led backlit lcd (light emitting diode) is the latest generation technology of lcd flat panels and can offer very noticeable but at the same time, significant improvements in picture quality over the traditional flourescent bulb backlit lcd panel.

It's advantages start with the fact that they can be produced in much slimmer sizes than traditional lcd's, some led backlit lcd's can be as slim as 6mm and under.

It's not just the slim form factor where led lcd panels excel, the nature of the led backlighting technology is much more accurate at producing colours and has a much more wider range of viewable colours than traditional lcd tv technology.

Unlike the traditional flourescent bulb lcd tv panel which has a single back light positioned at the rear of the panel, Led lcd's have multiple led lights scattered all around the tv and some of the newly released led panels have almost 400 leds positioned around the panel.

And most importantly, where traditional lcd panels show light leakage in dark scenes on a film, tv show or games, led panels are capable of producing true blacks thanks to how the technology senses onscreen material. Usually if your watching a scene in a film that's originally intended to look pure black, the led's within the panel completely switch off to allow no light leakage whatsoever and for the onscreen image to be shown as dark as possible. Some of led tv's abilities in producing dark scenes are comparable to that of some high spec plasma tv's.

Philips have recently brought out a 42 in led set and is rated very well for it's picture performance, particularly with colour decoding and the way it produces deep dark images onscreen, all thanks to the advantages of it's led back lighting trickery.

YSEM
06-20-2009, 05:22 PM
yeah i didnt make the switch so i dont have any channels. i watched there will be blood this morning on dvd. woo woo

Future Boy
06-20-2009, 05:41 PM
Sppunk Ill give you 20 bucks for the tv. Maybe even 10 for shipping.

murgle
06-20-2009, 11:31 PM
I'm going to get an estimate on repair, but have little hopes it'll be worth it.

Regarding plasma vs. LCD - I much prefer the look of plasmas. LCD viewing angles blow and have shitty color compared to plasmas. Unfortunately really only Panasonic makes large plasmas still and I won't buy another Panasonic.

That said, can anyone give me parameters on what to look for in a new LCD? I don't need top of the line picture, but prefer a very good product.

Here's a Vizio (http://shop.bjs.com/Vizio-47--34--Full-HD-1080p-120Hz-LCD-HDTV-40-quot----49-quot-_stcVVproductId60882145VVcatId428420VVviewprod.htm ) that looks nice. But what contrast ratio and response times should I aim for?


We've got a Vizio. It's a 37" I think. I know nothing of its specs (I didn't buy it), but it's a great tv. We watch a LOT of tv, and he bought it.... 2 years ago? Maybe a little more? Sucks because what he paid for it 2 years ago, we could get like a 50" these days. Ah well.

Picture's great. Don't use the speakers, though- we've got it hooked up to surround-ish sound, so I can't vouch for those.

bardy
06-21-2009, 12:44 PM
we have a large Panasonic Viera and I like it... I've always had good experience with panasonic products, what's your beef, sppunk?

sppunk
06-21-2009, 01:01 PM
we have a large Panasonic Viera and I like it... I've always had good experience with panasonic products, what's your beef, sppunk?

http://forums.netphoria.org/3501699-post9.html

This TV also had to have a circuit board replaced two months after we bought it. As it turns out, Panasonic is a notoriously bad company when it comes to failing power supplies and circuit boards

bardy
06-21-2009, 02:19 PM
I must have lucked out then... we've had this one for a few years now and its doing fine. I think we're going to get a bigger one though... but that's on the list after buying a big bed, a new entertainment center, and a grill for the back yard. do you have any laundry lists of shit you want to buy?

sppunk
06-21-2009, 02:21 PM
- A new boat
- An Audi Q7

bardy
06-21-2009, 02:23 PM
having a boat would be fun. my bf's boat bit the dust the winter before last... it was a boat from the 70s and was lime green, he called it the guacamole!! hahahaha

what kind of boat do you want? speed one for pulling people? a pontoon boat for cruisin?

sppunk
06-21-2009, 02:31 PM
This 2010 version of this one: <img src=http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/jfdawson/Fishing/IMG_0145-1.jpg>

Gish08
06-21-2009, 10:34 PM
This is why I like LCD's.

P.S. - get an OLED next time. You won't be sorry.

Plasmas are nice, but god damn are they so very delicate.

wally
06-21-2009, 10:37 PM
see if you can get a used Pioneer Kuro plasma. They're fantastic.

Also, for the love of god don't buy anything that is capable of displaying anything less than 1080p. If you get a 720p only rez screen you won't be able to get the full resolution of blu-ray.

Fattening Ass
06-21-2009, 10:37 PM
hey middle class, exit stage left.

wally
06-21-2009, 10:38 PM
oleds are only produced up to 31 inches and are expensive at that.

Gish08
06-21-2009, 10:38 PM
see if you can get a used Pioneer Kuro plasma. They're fantastic.

Also, for the love of god don't buy anything that is capable of displaying anything less than 1080p. If you get a 720p only rez screen you won't be able to get the full resolution of blu-ray.

720p is fine. It's 480p and anything interlaced that sucks.

sppunk
06-21-2009, 10:56 PM
This TV is 1080i - I won't buy anything of lower quality.

Future Boy
06-21-2009, 11:25 PM
I think 1080p only matters 50" and above.

Debaser
06-22-2009, 01:06 AM
I think 1080p only matters 50" and above.

i've read columns (prolly cnet) saying the same thing, but the threshold was 40".

ohnoitsbonnie
06-22-2009, 01:26 AM
- An Audi Q7
lol

Future Boy
06-22-2009, 01:52 AM
i've read columns (prolly cnet) saying the same thing, but the threshold was 40".

That could be it, Im going off memory.

Tchocky
06-22-2009, 02:35 PM
Nothing is broadcast in 1080p, so the only real reason to get a TV with 1080p capability is if you have a blu-ray player/PS3. I've read somewhere that 720p shows motion better than 1080i, and that's why most if not all pro sports are broadcast in 720p.

As for the size thing...yeah, there isn't really a large noticeable difference between 1080i and 1080p until you hit 40 inches or so.

Also, while plasma TVs are beautiful in terms of picture quality, LCDs are far more durable...and a helluva lot lighter.

If you're willing to splurge, pretty much anything LG or Samsung is gonna be a quality LCD TV.

wally
06-22-2009, 05:51 PM
i like how we're debating the merits of screen resolution for a guy with shitty eyesight

sppunk
06-22-2009, 07:07 PM
The best part is I still want the best quality even if I can't tell the differences like most.

lliw
06-26-2009, 04:43 AM
I was torn between Sony and Samsung when I decided to buy an LCD TV three months ago. But in the end, I settled forthe latter because of the quality and price. The picture clarity was so good that you can't tell the difference between the two and the clincher was the price eventually. Samsung is much cheaper. Many consider it as one of the best LCD TV (http://www.smartratings.com/electronics/plasma_and_lcds/472) on the market right now.

D.
06-26-2009, 04:56 AM
^^
hard to tell if that is a spam or genuine.

Trotskilicious
06-26-2009, 04:58 AM
i was thinking that too

I'm Hardcore
06-26-2009, 05:56 AM
hi Wally

wally
06-26-2009, 08:24 AM
:rockon:

T&T
06-26-2009, 08:45 AM
i wonder what kind of TV michael jackson had?

sppunk
06-26-2009, 09:04 AM
Update: Dude had no idea what is wrong and ordered three different boards to fix. I hope they don't work.