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Old 12th Dec 2017, 12:03
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I've always bought Sony TV's.First colour tv was a Trinitron.Subsequent ones never went wrong just gave them away when I updated. Had the current one for about seven years now.
I bought a kettle from Tesco's, not reduced, for a fiver about three years ago. Still heats up water just like the ones costing five time as much!
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 12:42
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Originally Posted by goudie View Post
I've always bought Sony TV's.First colour tv was a Trinitron.Subsequent ones never went wrong just gave them away when I updated. Had the current one for about seven years now.
I bought a kettle from Tesco's, not reduced, for a fiver about three years ago. Still heats up water just like the ones costing five time as much!
I, a former radar fitter, am also a Sony fan. But my 1st colour TV was a Phillips G8 in the UK, Trinitron tubes were very limited in size in the early days.

I also have had a Sony TV fail, a Wega model, in fact it failed twice. The second time I binned it, as LCD sets were down to a sensible price by then and HDTV had been invented.

I bought a Sony Bravia, been going strong for about 8 or 9 years.

But next time I need a replacement, I have a problem, Sony have simply stopped marketing in South Africa! LG & Samsung rule the local market alongside various Chinese makes.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 12:46
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My old late mum had a Hotpoint twintub ( remember those) that she loved and used for about 20 plus years, now I am a great believer if man built something, then even if you are not supposed to be able to, man can take it apart and rebuild it again...
She used to say I she was having problems with XYZ on the washing machine when I went home on leave etc and I used to pop into a hotpoint shop in town and order parts for her, I regularly would be able to rebuild bits of it with spares obtained from hotpoint using the minimum of tools, I stripped and rebuilt the motor, the pumps and various valves etc, even though it was starting to get rust spots through the paint here and there, the damned thing just chugged on regardless, happily bereft of any fancy electronics gubbins washing clothes and drying them...


My TV have also been and still are Sony.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 13:09
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There was a tendency for manufacturers to use cheap duff electrolytics some years back. The story I heard was that the formulation of the electrolyte had been obtained by industrial espionage and used by another manufacturer...who got it slightly wrong. The ends of the caps bulge outwards...any like that need changing, it's a few pence and a bit of craft skill with the iron and the solder sucker, anyone can do it. The big capacitors on the power supply are the major failure points. I've mended seberal large screen TVs this way, and they stay mended too!!
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 13:16
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Check 'exchange & mart' or e-bay for similar model. Cannibalise it if you can, or just watch that one if it works. Should be cheap enough.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 13:34
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I've always had Sony TVs too. The present one is a 'smart' TV using android, which I thought would be useful for running various android apps. It is, but the android needs updates and frequently crashes, requiring a laborious reboot in the middle of a programme. If this doesn't get fixed soon I will bin it and look at other makes.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 13:56
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Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 View Post
I've always had Sony TVs too. The present one is a 'smart' TV using android, which I thought would be useful for running various android apps. It is, but the android needs updates and frequently crashes, requiring a laborious reboot in the middle of a programme. If this doesn't get fixed soon I will bin it and look at other makes.
Having a dumb but servicable TV, I'm considering an Android smart phone as a 'front end'.

This is a market that I have never ventured into, but I am thinking of buying a Samsung J7 Prime.

Any reasons why I should or shouldn't buy that model?
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 15:09
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Yup, I had a Sony that I was reluctant to bin. There's only about 3 boards in them, bought all 3 on ebay for abt 100, swapped them one at a time until it worked and flogged the other two. Cost of repair abt 40 and some postage.

I work in IT and that's the way the current generation of "engineers" work

Good Luck... SLF
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 15:13
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I have an 'Acer Android ' tablet and although more convenient than my laptop it isn't very robust, often freezing or just very slow. Can't speak for smart phones. My phone cost a tenner!. Rarely use it.

SLF, substitution of components was usually the quickest way to fix a problem when I worked in IT.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 17:14
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My Smartphone failed, beyond economic repair. Bought replacement. Floigged u.s phone on eBay for 30% of new one. Madness.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 19:45
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a friend has a panasonic tx-37lzd81 which is bust, and no one near here mends tellies.

I just can't believe it. Big-ish telly with built in dish thingy and big sound.

Throw it away! Can't be serious, surely?

I phoned a nearby company that was started by one of my contemporaries. They used to have a large workshop and trained bods, but not anymore.

Anyone have any technical knowledge of this set? I see folk advertise on ebay etc., for boards for it, but a fat lot of use if one does not know what's wrong.

The screen glows, but does not show any sign of other life. No menu etc. There is some sound, but only via a satellite box.

On start it flashes green rapidly. It flashes in response to the remote. That's it folks. :-(


Last time I was at another house - same make, I called same company. Told them six flashes = stuck in standby. R107 US or near that. Soldered it in, and away it went. They grumbled, saying the maker stipulated the price for the repair and it wasn't worth it. A clue perhaps as to why they stopped repairs.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 20:18
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The Hotpoint story reminded me of a freezer my parents had. The thing was big enough to fit several bodies (or one well-fed American), had a temperature needle on the lid, and a D cell bell to warn when the power went out.

Built in the 1950s by a tractor company, International Harvester, it was old when they bought it from an aunt's estate. Gave them over 30 years of reliable service until one day mother noticed the temperature was on the high side. Father poked around and it started purring again but mother said time to go. A family friend bought it used, supposedly burnished some electrical contacts, and last I heard, the old beastie is still chilling food.



One of our ground engineers with a background in avionics loves to say, "they don't make 'em like they used to... thank g-d."

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Naughty!
Ah, well, whistle optional then.
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 21:11
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I have an old fridge in the garage, handy for keeping bulk supplies of beer cool. Purchased in 1982 from Tesco in Scarborough. Runs smoothly but all the instructions on the back are in Cyrillic. It survived a move from Scarborough to Tewkesbury, back to Scarborough and finally up here to Orkney
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Old 12th Dec 2017, 23:47
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Huh! Mr triumph, I thought that sounded familiar. Put in Top Anode* and got a new password and back in business. Trouble is, even that Panasonic is not quite vintage.

It was a funny site. In its embryo stage I suspect the boss would come home from a day's work and moderate the lot. Then I joined. Folk liked my ramble about the Grundig Gainsbrough, but 1,000 word posts were kind of frowned on - to put it mildly. I received a 'Friendly Warning' when I'd been on the forum all of two days. Bit like my ice skating really. I got nicked for speeding my first ever time - by a man with a woolly hat and a whistle in his mouth.

*(radio menders from the valve age will know the significance of this - wet finger signal injection could bite )

The yarn. Quite funny, though been posted before - more than once.

I worked for a Clacton T/V shop for a while...a fairly short while. They had taken the plunge, and invested in a Grundig Gainsborough. Long, modern, Super swish thing with record player in one end and tape in'tother. It was for sale at 200 quid. (A Ferguson? with KT66s was about 70 then.) I was asked to carry a load of smoothing irons, toasters and what have you, to the workshop. Grumble - mumble - moan.

I dropped on of the irons onto the lid of the Gainsborough...right under the nose of the manager. Not long after this, I was unemployed.

Now it happened that about this time I was pals with a chap and his dad that had started a caravan camp. Dance halls, bars and all that new post war cheerfulness. I'd never been in a house before that had carpets that reached the walls. I was sitting on a third floor party room. (this is significant) wasting my unemployed day, chatting to the dad. My former employer's van pulls up on the road waaaaaay down below. Out gets a man I knew, my old manager, and the Gainsborough. During the 40 minutes that it took them to struggle up the stairs with the vast machine, I'd worked up enough mischief to suppress all my natural decency . . .

The sequel was, that I brought the contents of my pal's house for 500 quid, and ended up owning the old Grundig, dent an all. After cutting out a box full of paper condensers in the vast tone circuits, it still kept giving trouble, so I took a wood saw to it. The ends became my speakers for the very first modular amp and tuner I owned. Cloth thrown over the cut edges left them looking Okay-ish.
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Old 13th Dec 2017, 02:19
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I wouldn't buy another smart TV, a dumb one with a Google Chromecast or an android box attached is a better proposition.

Remember when CRT displays went flat instead of bulging outwards ? Now the latest TVs curve inwards rather than outwards. Back in 1994 I saw my first flat panel TV in London's Tottenham Court road, it cost 30 000, yes 30 000. Now you can get one in a supermarket for a few hundred.
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