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rlovison
07-26-2015, 08:12 PM
I have a Vizio model M370SL that uses an LED backlight. After turning the unit on, I get thin horizontal lines across the entire screen and the image has a tendency to freeze. It freezes and unfreezes by the clock... every 2 seconds. I've attached an image of the problem.

From what I've read horizontal lines usually indicates that the panel itself is bad and most likely isn't caused by a faulty T-Con board. I've taken the edge of the panel apart and applied light pressure to the 6 or 8 (don't remember) bonded ribbon connectors though I noted no change in the screen behavior. All the power supply voltages are correct. Does anyone have any thoughts they would like to share? It certainly would be appreciated.

Richard

rlovison
07-27-2015, 03:18 PM
OK, from what I've learned from three different sources is that the panel is indeed bad. And what was the largest clue was that the menu, when brought up, was distorted with horizontal and vertical bars as well as some ghosting during the freeze ups. Apparently the menu shouldn't be affected with a T-Con failure.

It looks as if the T-Con circuitry is part of the main board as there are two ribbons leading from the main board to the bottom of the panel in the image below. And then I'm assuming the small board at the top is just the LED driver board. Am I correct?

http://videokarma.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=187570&d=1438024573

rca2000
07-27-2015, 04:08 PM
I don't know... I am NOT sure you have a bad panel. Not sure how it would just 'freeze" because of a panel--more like a signal board issue. There is NO T-con on this set--part of the main board..maybe some in panel itself. But it COULD be a panel...I guess. I have thought a T-con was bad a number of times before..only to have a bad panel.

rlovison
07-27-2015, 05:20 PM
I don't know... I am NOT sure you have a bad panel. Not sure how it would just 'freeze" because of a panel--more like a signal board issue. There is NO T-con on this set--part of the main board..maybe some in panel itself. But it COULD be a panel...I guess. I have thought a T-con was bad a number of times before..only to have a bad panel.

The freezing threw me as well. That was why I was leaning toward main board replacement.

There is a small, narrow board running the length of the panel as the bottom. I removed the metal protective cover to expose this and the bonded ribbon cables. Placing pressure on the ribbons had no effect.