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Old 11-22-2011, 5:56 AM
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Unhappy Is my plasma screen done for? Thin black horizontal line

I've got a Samsung PN50C550 that I've had since last April.

Last night I noticed there was a thin black line going across the screen horizontally:







Unfortunately, I'm about 7 months past warranty.

I'd like to repair it myself if it's possible. I have a feeling getting it professionally repaired won't make much financial sense considering the cost of a new set. If I can't fix it myself it will go on craigslist as-is, a scenario I would really like to avoid as I would like to hold off about another year before investing in a new set.

It seems like a common problem especially with Samsungs, but I haven't been able to find much information online yet. So far, the best thing I've found is this video:

How To Fix Plasma TV (Samsung & Others) - Plasma TV Repair

He makes it look real easy. Problem is I don't know for sure if replacing those boards will solve the problem. Can anyone help narrow down what part(s) need to be replaced?

Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2011, 6:20 AM
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You can order parts through FRY's, they supply boards to a lot of the smaller TV repair shops. I know a tech who will do side jobs but he probably won't travel out to Sacramento, not any profit in it for him.

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Old 11-22-2011, 9:24 AM
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Pulled the back off. I "reseated" the connections on the Y-buffer. Some people said that helped them. Put it back together, turned it on and the black line was still there.

Anyone know how I can be reasonably sure it is a bad Y-buffer board? Seems that would make it a pretty easy/cheap fix.

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I realize this is an old thread but my Samsung Plasma PN50C450B1DXZA
has just developed the same problem.
I was wondering if this was ever resolved ..IE did the y buffer replacement repair the problem or was something else needed?

Also big thanks to balzak the photos are excellent

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:52 PM
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I have had good luck with ShopJimmy.com for spare parts.

Generally I have found internet responses to similar problems are a good starting point. If the parts are expensive, I call a tech. It seems it is cheaper in the long run as they (should) only charge you for parts that fixed the problem.
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I have had good luck with ShopJimmy.com for spare parts.

Generally I have found internet responses to similar problems are a good starting point. If the parts are expensive, I call a tech. It seems it is cheaper in the long run as they (should) only charge you for parts that fixed the problem.
thanks for the reply ..I did infact order the y buffer part from ShopJimmy today before posting. The part was under $25 so no big deal if it doesn't fix it. I remembered reading this thread and wondered the outcome
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Let us know if it fixes it for you!
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Let us know if it fixes it for you!
ShopJimmy offers free 2 day shipping so if the part comes friday I'll be giving it a shot over the weekend and I'll post back.
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soooo, is it fixed?
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soooo, is it fixed?
Unfortunately No !
Had to work Saturday so got a late start. Around 5PM I had the TV off the wall and had the back off. I proceeded to Remove the Y buffer ( long thin part that runs along the Left side of the picture above). Installed the new one and dropped a couple screws in the back to test before going any further. As Soon as the tv powered up I could see the line had not gone away. I also found out the new part was worse than the one I had taken out, it actually added more lines near the bottom of the screen.
But these lines were different than the one 2" from the top that had remained, these were lighter in color more gray than black. I'll be returning the part to ShopJimmy this week, with a note thats its bad. I put my y-buffer back in and cleaned up the inside of the set and rechecked all the connections and put the back back on. Now it's back to the one black line 2" from the top.


I picked up a Vizio 50" LCD as a replacement and added the 3 year warranty this time.
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I figured. In plasma tv's the black horizontal lines are a manufacturing defect in the panel itself. I have 8 lines going right through the picture. I'll probably put this tv in a spare room or something. Thanks samsung...
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