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White Spots, no help

I have a Samsung 55" DLP tv. It developed the white / black spot problem and is now unusable. I've called service, and was told they would be happy to send a repair person ... and charge me ~$400 for the repair. This is a known manufacturing defect, I see the issue all over the place. I asked for review with a customer service manager, and was promised a call back the next business day. No call ... no communication. I called back, and was told again that the repair was my problem.

If this is how Samsung treats its customers, please tell me why I would ever purchase another Samsung product?

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I'd like to see more about this.
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Lightly used

Thanks - the repair looks straightforward and I've done similar things. But it's still

FYI, the TV was very lightly used (I travel a lot and don't watch much TV when I'm home) and just over 3 years old ... there's limited life span and then there's complete junk.

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I think folk know what I think.

Look at figure 9 at http://focus.ti.com/pdfs/dlpdmd/133_ieeeir.pdf

Notice how lifetime is much less as temperatures rise? Now did any maker tell you to get in there and clean heatsinks and more every year or so?

-> More to the point, if this unit was set close to the wall or in an enclosed space the life span plummets. All the makers that used this Ti component are now feeling a little heat. So life span is all over the map.
Bob

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Heat Sink

Great, so this is known and they didn't bother to tell customers? Why again did I register my TV? If only they had an easy way to communicate with customers that didn't require a lot of cost and effort ... like some sort of magical mail that could fly through the air to land in the hands of each customer, requiring only a few minutes to compose a note and send to as many people as needed at nominal cost. That would make it so easy to satisfy their customers.

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They can't in my opinion.

Look at the common laptop. The same issue exists yet you don't find a note in the packing to tell you to used canned air once a year.

I think I know why. Imagine if a laptop maker did supply such detail. A consumer would buy the other maker because that other maker omitted that detail.
Bob

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Actually

Yes, as I consider this a design flaw. This is not true of all laptops, just laptops with poor heat management and overall design. A bizarre number of laptops are sold with a warning label on the bottom advising the user not to put them on their laps. But the better laptops understand the issue and design around it.

However, if it was an unavoidable issue with all devices of its type, I'd appreciate it if the vendor told me how to keep my laptop working well, I'd like it.

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