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TCP55ST50-2 Serial# MH22780253 White dots???!!!

I purchased this model TV after reading the glowing reviews here on CNET. Within the first year a white dot appeared towards the center of the screen. I enabled the scroll bar in the menu and it seemed to get rid of it. I knew I should have contacted Panasonic at that time because now that one dot appears to be getting worse and has 2 more friends.

One just appeared about 1/2 inch diagonally down and to the right from the original and another about 12 inches diagonally up to the left. I called Panasonic and they just took down the info and then asked if it happens with all devices in each input. I said yes it appears with everything. He actually asked if I tried unplugging and pluggin it back in...really? I explained the TV was off and the white dots were still there. He said he would have to refer me to an authorized Panasonic repair location, Pinnacle Service Solutions, Warwick, RI.

Has anyone experienced this issue or seen any additional info on it? This is a plasma TV and I saw a lot of search results about DLPs with white dots...maybe I just don't understand but aren't plasma and DLP two different technologies? I am concerned that I shelled out a lot of money for this TV and haven't even had it for two years and I am having what appears to be a major problem. Please help, anyone...!

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No help. But

In reply to: TCP55ST50-2 Serial# MH22780253 White dots???!!!

If it's inside the warranty, let them fix it. And I think and I could be wrong you were upset by requests by support.

Here's my advice. PLAY ALONG and do what they ask. They have a checklist of things to try before they arrange for service. If you dig in your heels it may take longer to get the service arranged.

All electronics fail in many ways. You did the search but the DLP white dot is something else.

And again, always get those long warranties on the expensive gear.

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TCP55ST50-2 Serial# MH22780253 White dots???!!!

In reply to: No help. But

It is not within the one year warranty.

Unplugging the TV didn't seem to do anything.

I plugged it back in and enabled the scroll bar. I had to re-enable it a few times, 15 minutes each time, but it seems to have eliminated the white dots...I would really like for someone to explain to me why this is happening. I am concerned about the quality of the hardware in this TV. I think CNET should be concerned about this too since they have it so highly rated.

Here's to hoping for some answers and not wasting a bunch of time and money.

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Ouch. Sounds like some sort of image retention.

In reply to: TCP55ST50-2 Serial# MH22780253 White dots???!!!

As all plasmas have some sort of image retention that flaw or quality is in all models. I think one maker is throwing in the towel as consumers don't want to hear how it works. They just want.

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White dot now appeared with TV off

In reply to: Ouch. Sounds like some sort of image retention.

The TV has been off for over 24 hours and the white dot in the center of the screen has appeared. This has to be faulty hardware, right? This can't be image retention if the TV was off.

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In reply to: White dot now appeared with TV off

I can't believe it! I read a few other forums and others were having the same issue. I don't think this could be the same issue I had but it was! Sunbeams were making their way through holes in the back of the TV. I just put a magazine behind the TV where the spot was appearing and it disappeared!

I am so relieved! Thank God!

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Thanks for that.

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I would not have guessed that the back was lit by nuclear power.

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