I have a 32 inch Toshiba TV (CX32D60) vintage 1994. It developed a problem with the vertical aspect of the picture. It started after a local power failure. I, in my infinite wisdom, ran an extension cord out to the car and plugged it into a small inverter. Anywhooo ... now, when turned on, the lower six inches or so stays black until warmed up and then about the bottom few inches stays black. People on the screen look like cone head midgets. I'm a DIY type person ... do all of my own mechanical work on the cars and build my own computers etc. but don't know squat about TVs. I hate to toss it, without at least popping it open and having a look, and am sure not about to lug it down to a repair shop or pay to have it fixed ... especially considering how old it is. I somehow feel that I would get screwed in the deal, like a woman taking her car down to "Bubba's Auto repair" and being told that her muffler bearings are shot and need to be replaced. I've Googled around some and have come up with a few things. One is that you can get the shit shocked out of you, even though it's unplugged. I'm not sure where and what exactly has to be discharged before tinkering. Any tips on that would be appreciated and any thought as to what the problem with it is. I do have a digital volt meter. I came up with this on a web page about TV repair: Vertical squashed "This is a vertical deflection problem - possibly a bad capacitor, bad connection, flyback/pumpup diode, or other component. None of these should be very expensive (in a relative sort of way).
If the symptoms change - particularly if they become less severe - as the set warms up, a dried up electrolytic capacitor is most likely. If they get worse, it could be a bad semiconductor. Freeze spray or a heat gun may be useful in identifying the defective component.
It is often easiest to substitute a good capacitor for each electrolytic in the vertical output circuit. Look for bad connections (particularly to the deflection yoke), then consider replacing the vertical output IC or transistor(s)."
So, as I said, I don't know shit from Shinola about it but can't let myself throw it out, without at least having a "look see". Sure would appreciate your time and effort for any advice or tips. Thanks in advance