It figures that with all the Tek TDS3000 series scopes I've been using at work for the past 8 years, that the TDS3014 I bought and paid for with my own money at home would have the LCD screen fail!
Tek wants $1300 to fix it. There is a TDS3VM VGA output adapter for the thing. It can be had for $200. I think I'll get it.
I could also inquire about the cost of the screen component, and consider doing it myself. But that has the risk that it may not the correct component. The VGA adapter, if it works, would confirm that it's the LCD panel, but after getting the adapter I might as well just use it and not spend any more money.
I never need it to be portable, so it's not so bad. Could actually be advantageous, since I often look at signals from about 2m away, while changing program code for embedded micros at my desk. Using a cheap LCD monitor pegged to the wall might make that easier to see.
I also have an Agilent MSO6054 at work which I love. I might not buy another Tek next time I want one at home or at work.
Anyone have any sense of which maker has more LCD or other failures in these cheap plastic scopes these days?
P.S. Sorry to hear about Tony Williams. My heart goes out to his family and friends.