About 10 years ago, I bought my first real TV… an LG 37″ Flat screen. Back then, this 37″ cost $1500! Not many amazing modern features on it, but still cutting edge enough for me, and more importantly, a bit sentimental to me as well.
2 weeks ago, the power light started flashing and the TV refused to come on. Yeah I coulda chucked it and bought a modern 50″ for $300, but as I said, it holds some sentimental value to me… and even if not for TV, it certainly has high value as a PC or Play Station Monitor!
Plus I’m a curious, cheap bastard!
So, I took it apart and checked the power supply board… and look what I found! Three, BIG, FAT, LEAKING Capacitors! You can tell that they’re bad when the top domes over and has black gunk leaking from it!
A quick trip to ebay, and I was able to buy a bag of “upgraded” caps, for $5, which came in two days.
It took about 5 minutes to solder in the replacements, using my ass kicking soldering iron station that I told everyone about last week. And Viola… My effing TV works again!
After 10 years of service, this LG owes me nothing… But that little droid and I have been through a lot together, so I’m glad that I was able to give him life once more.