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Many thanks to the people who commented on my TV woes. I should have rounded you all up and taken you into Future Shop with me! Especially those of you who enjoy haggling with the salespeople to save a few extra bucks! 🙂
After that original post, I was determined to diagnose the problem, and see if it was something simple. I was going to take note of when the TV was on, what time (if) it shut off by itself again, swap some cables around… basically do all the technical troubleshooting that I could do on my own.
*pop* It shut off. A whopping 15 mins after I sat down to watch something. That was enough for me! I didn’t even bother watching the rest of my show. I just started to package it up, and went to bed. So much for troubleshooting. It would be Future Shop’s problem now.
I figured that I would take the Dynex back and replace it with the same model. Of course, I did have to wait in the parking lot 40 mins for my TV to catch up to me, as there was a bit of a miscommunication with the driver bringing my old one. (Don’t ask)
Replacing it was easy. I had hoped that the same guy who sold it to me would be there, because I distinctly remember saying “I’ll roll the dice” the day that I bought it. I wanted him to know that the dice came up snake-eyes, and the TV was a lemon. Unfortunately, he wasn’t working.
Now, going without a TV really wasn’t an option. And spending more money wasn’t an option either. I could have downsized, and upgraded the brand name. That might have gotten me a better quality TV, albeit with a smaller viewing area. But I went with my original option… swap it out for a 1:1 exchange.
There were no questions asked. I did remember to ask the guy whether he was aware of anyone returning the same TV with the same problem. His answer was “no”, and I’m inclined to believe him, if only because I couldn’t find a single instance online of anyone complaining about this problem. So maybe it was an isolated occurrence.
I’m proud to report that the new Dynex 40″ LCD looks great in my living room, and so far has been running without any problems. Now that I’ve moved past worrying whether it’s going to shut off on its own, I’ve started tweaking some of the settings to make it more personal. I think that I’d like to add some additional speakers to it, especially since I quite often watch music videos. But that’s something for another day.
What do you do when Life hands you lemons? You get a new TV!
Should I have aimed for the LG? Only time will tell. I’ll give you the opportunity to say “I told ya so” in a few months/years…
As pretty much everyone in the western hemisphere knows, I finally bought a TV. Sure, it took having my other one go *poof* and emit a funny smell… but hey… I finally stopped babbling about buying a new TV, and just did it! Nike would be so proud of me.
I’ve only had the TV for 4 days, and I haven’t had it on today, so this is based solely on the previous 3 days of use… it looks nice, sounds nice, and I generally feel that I should have taken the plunge and bought it much sooner. With one tiny little unwelcome feature.
It seems to mysteriously shut off.
Three times, once during each day, the TV has mysteriously shut itself off. I’m watching content through my XBox 360, and two of the three times, I was skipping ahead in a movie when the TV shut off. The third time, I was sitting at the XBox control panel, and it turned off. It turns back on easily enough, and I continue watching… but it’s more than a little annoying.
I’ve started an initial scour of the internet help forums, hoping to find someone complaining of the same thing. So far I have not found anything. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. If it was a common problem, I’d be inclined to take it back quickly and look at something else. If it’s something that is unique to my TV then I’m inclined to take it back and replace it with another of the same make and model. But I’m not ready to just package everything up, and go through the bother of taking it back in, only to find out that it might be something in a setting or something that I can resolve myself. I need to take a closer look at the power saver options, although my initial thought is that is not the cause of my issue.
I have 30 days to return it with no questions asked, so I still have some time.