Hey guys, I thought I’d start up a new thread on Plasma TV’s. As they are an extinct breed now, it seems a shame to let the ones still around die off. The reason I had this thought for a thread is I noticed other members have plasma sets that have died and are seeking repair advise as well as advise on replacements. I have two plasmas and one just died and I’m seeking repair advise too, but more on that later. So why not start a thread on the maintenance and care for plasma sets. Maybe even relate our experiences with repairs and seeking a shop for repairs. This is not meant as a thread that eschews the benefits of newer technology. I’m a tech guy, so I’m one who upgrades when the time is right. In fact I am now exploring which OLED set to get next. I’m leaning towards the newest Sony due out in the next two months. This is an Home Theater site, so we’re all going after the best home cinema experience. What prompted this again is that I saw two members post about plasmas dying. As they are 3D capable, that’s another reason to see if they can be saved to work a little longer before it really is too far gone. So I’ll start and describe my experience so far. My first plasma is the Pioneer PRO-1130HD that’s 50”. It was one of the better sets in its day when I got it in 2006. This set has an external media and receiver box. This is good as it made it easier to service. The one I have is still working and the glass panel is the reason I want to keep it going. For a 720 set, it’s still very good. My problems with it was after 7 years, the media box’s two HDMI ports died. (I had gotten a new pre-amp for my sound system and I have to wonder if that pre-amp killed it.) Before that problem, it stopped its ability to auto manage the screen size from 4:3 material to 16x9. I managed to find another box on eBay. It’s not as cosmetically nice as mine, but from a few feet away it’s OK. I’m wondering now if it’s even possible to repair my original one with a new circuit board. The other problem I finally sorted out with the second media box, was that this set at the time was on the cusp between analog and digital TV. So it could do both. And one feature in the set was a built in TV Guide. That has caused me headaches in the last year or so. Since that analog TV Guide is no longer available, the media box ping for that service, if it can’t find it, it will shut off the TV. Or if I try to turn on the TV the next day, and I see a blue flashing LED on the media box, it means the media box can’t update the TV Guide so it’s confused and will not display an image and after a few minutes after turning it on, it shuts off. The work around is to unplug the TV for a few hours to reset it. So it got to the point where I just unplugged it after each viewing, it was a pain. I finally found the fix, it took some doing as I learned you have to find the service menu that’s only accessed by a series of button presses on the remote in a certain order done within seconds. That was hard as the remote is older and the contacts on the buttons don’t always work. I got into the menu last weekend and turned off the TVGuide and now I am just amazed when I now use the TV. It’s like new again. I tried this months ago with no success. So I am happy that for now, the Pioneer continues to work. Since the Pioneer didn’t have working HDMI ports anymore at the time in 2011 and I had not decided to repair or get the media box from eBay, I decided to upgrade to a Panasonic VT-30 65” which I’ve had since December 2011. It has been a wonderful set. Truly a good successor to the Pioneer. This was a jump to 1080 and an extra 15 inches of screen size that’s been terrific. I remember when I first watched the Aliens blu ray, it was an amazing image I was seeing. But then 7 years later, it suddenly stopped working. I think I heard a loud pop, and as I was in the kitchen, I wasn’t sure what it was. My best guess is the sound was from the Panasonic, maybe a capacitor has blown as one of the other members here suggested. There is no red LED stand-by light and I tried a second AC outlet that I know is good and the TV will not turn on. I unplugged it a long while to see if that would reset it. That didn’t work and on-line repair sites suggested pressing and holding the power button on the set to reset it. That didn’t work either. So I looked at my Panasonic user manual and found the info for service. It directed me to Panasonic’s website and through there, I found a local service shop. It’s actually an indie shop that specializes in Panasonic and Sharp. I called the shop and the tech said he knows my set and that it’s a good set worth repairing. I explained my problem and he was surprised as he has not seen my symptoms, usually it is a flashing LED that is code for a problem. Oh boy I thought. I have an appointment this week where he will come to my home and have a look at the set and try to diagnose the problem. He charges $125 for a house call and its applied to the repair should I agree to his quote for the repair. Then he’ll order the parts and come back and do the work. I hope he can diagnose the issue. He was also confident parts are still available for this model TV. It would be nice if it was a simple blown fuse. Hopefully after this week, I can come back and report what the problem was and the cost to repair the set. My hope is the set is repaired to good as new. I can then either use it a little longer before upgrading to OLED. Or I upgrade to OLED and use the Panasonic in another room. Thanks for indulging me.