I have a Toshiba 32? TV built in 1994. Model CX32D60, chassis TAC9442. The problem started with the picture being squeezed from both the top and bottom of the screen so that only the middle one-third of the screen had any picture information. It looked like an extreme version of letterbox format. Thwacking the side of the set would cause the picture to revert to normal size. After ten minutes or so it would go back to one-third size whereupon another tap on the side of the TV
the picture would stay normal sized. However, most of the time it would exhibit slight jittering, just enough to make the text crawl at the bottom of the screen a bit difficult to read. But sometimes the picture would lock in perfectly.
Eventually this extreme letterbox became a single bright horizontal line in the middle of the screen. I would take to warming the chassis of the TV using a blow dryer aimed through the back of the TV case. Thwack, blow dryer, thwack, blow dryer, etc. This is no way to watch TV.
I?ve Googled my TV?s problem and found some solutions on this newsgroup. This NG is a great resource. Thanks to all that post here.
There are a couple of electrolytic capacitors in the vertical deflection circuit that lose their integrity with age (heat cycling). The two capacitors mentioned are C305: 2.2 microfarad 50v, and C342: 1 microfarad 50v. I bought replacement capacitors from DigiKey-- Panasonic brand with 105C temp rating and 63v rating. Parts including shipping was $2.35. That sure beats the TV repair shop estimate of $140.00.
I avoided electrocuting myself and replaced the capacitors and also touched up the solder on the pins of the vertical IC and tested the TV. Upon initial power-up I had the familiar single horizontal line. Thwack on the side of the box. Full size picture. Crystal clear. Looking good. Then I notice there is a thin flickering horizontal line at the very top of the screen, but on only some channels. I also notice the score bar used to show information during football and baseball games and located near the top of the screen seems a bit lower than usual. It seems like the picture is not being stretched out quite enough. I?m thinking the set isn?t over-scanning the picture as much as it should. Still, it?s looking much, much better than before.
The set ran for about 5 hours one night and about 4 hours the next afternoon when I once again got the dreaded single bright horizontal line. Thwack. Picture is full sized again. Crystal clear. Single, thin horizontal static-ky line at the top of the screen. TV held the full sized picture until it was shut off for the night, about another 4 hours.
What other components should I suspect is causing this problem? Any ideas?