you don't believe the tech is what? And you are a certified solid state tester and tech?
$300.00 for a repair is chicken feed. You want the TV fixed? Pay for it. Unless your extended warranty will cover it.
I don't mean to be tacky, but really. If the TV is broken, pay to have it fixed.
2 years ago I purchased my Samsung HPT4254, and this morning I turned on the tv, and after 5 minutes it shutdown and kept clicking as if it were powering on. I removed the shell, and took out the power supply to look for blown circuits, but I didn't see any bulging. I had a samsung technician come out, just to have him tell me it would be $300 to repair, but all he told me is that it was the power supply. Can someone please give me an answer as to what to do, and what this white gunk looking stuff all over the power supply is?