I have a LNT5265F that I bought in early 08. About 8 months ago, the main lcd and T-con panel went bad. The repairs were estimated at $1,850! I called Samsung support and had them create an ECR and told me they'd call back in a couple days. After a week, I contacted them and found that the claim had been closed because the TV was 3 months beyond warranty. The person I spoke with gave me the number of the next level of support and I explained the situation to them and offered that I didn't expect them to pay for the full repair but that maybe we could work out a compromise. They agreed to pay for the parts and I paid for the labor. We were ecstatic and back in business, the picture was never better. That was a real stand-up thing they did!
Then, a couple weeks ago, we started getting the starry pink screen that didn't start right away. I remembered seeing something about it on CNET so I searched and came up with this (and like) threads. Figured I'd give it a shot but I've got to say I was very skeptical. I bought the parts at Radio Shack and went to work with the soldering iron to replace 2 leaking capacitors.
When I finished, I plugged the thing in and it immediately came on and the screen lit up and back in business again! Thanks CNET! This is truly an awesome forum! I went from slug to hero in about 30 minutes and for less than $4. Thanks to everyone that contributed!