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21 inch Hotpoint Television with a single horizontal line repaired.

By on November 14, 2014
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This television belonged to a colleague of mine; he spoke to me several months ago about his TV which was having some white lines across the top part of the screen. I told him the TV need checking but he ignored me, I even forgot about the TV until he came to me one morning wanting to see me urgently. This time the story about his TV has changed and he told me that the TV he talked about has developed a new problem which he thought needed urgent attention.

tv one horizontal line repair

After inquiring about the problem he told me that it has single line across the screen. I passed by his place with my usual minimum kit, small digital meter and a screw driver. I powered the TV on and for sure the symptom he gave was confirmed, I opened the set and went straight to the vertical circuit.

I did some scanning around the components there but got no physical sign of stressed component. So I took the board with me to my work shop for further testing, on my workbench I pulled my ESR meter because I was suspecting a faulty capacitor. This is because his first complaint was white lines across the top of the screen which is usually caused by capacitor failure. Within two minute I was able to pick capacitor C451 (100uF/35V) which had its ESR gone to the roof.

tv one horizontal line repairing

A normal capacitor of this value should have an ESR reading of less than 1 ohm on ESR meter but it was now reading 34 ohms. As you can see the capacitor looks very innocent and that is why I always request new technicians to invest on an ESR meter. I salvaged another capacitor from a junk board and installed it.

After getting this capacitor I was very happy and I didn’t continue trouble shooting, the following day I was back to his place with the board, after installing the board  and powering up with my eyes fixed on the screen I was a disappointed man..No change.

Very fast I concluded that since this capacitor is very critical to this I.C then most probably its faulty lead to the destruction of the vertical I.C.

 tv one horizontal line repairings

So I replaced this I.C and I was now very sure that I had solved that problem once and for all. I applied power to the TV and again looking at the screen still the problem was not solved. This is when I decided to get more serious with this repair and to start with I decided to go to that circuit (vertical) and solder out one leg of each component and test them one by one. I started with resistors and I got a resistor which read open to my meter but looking at the colour marking did not make sense to me. The resistor had a reference R461A

 tv one horizontal linerepair

I tried to look for a circuit diagram which is close to this TV model and I bumped on this China TV circuit diagram.

 tv one horizontal linerepairs

To my surprise this resistor actually act as fuse for the vertical circuit and once it opened means the supply to the vertical circuit was cut off hence the horizontal line on the screen. This also made me to conclude that the I.C could have actually shorted and that is what caused this fusible resistor to open.

After replacing that resistor I went back to the owner and reinstalled the board still not sure if I got everything right this time and after applying the power this is what I saw.

tv one horizontal linerepairing

Lesson learnt is that it is not good practice to take any repair assignment as yet another easy task. I believe if I did voltage testing around that circuit I could have picked this resistor on my first attempt. Anyway I learnt my lesson and the customer was happy to see his TV come back to life.

Thank you guys.

By Humphrey Kimathi


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  1. Atish Chand

    November 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Great Humphrey

    • Mrotieno

      November 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thanks alot Hamphrey for your goods works. Currently am also working on the same problem, the same tv but what is suprising me is that every time i replace the vertical ic , it is shorted instantly. I have replaced capacitors but still no change . Kindly help me to solve this problem. Thanks

      • Humphrey Kimathi

        November 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        Hi Mrotieno,
        Have you checked the vertical yoke is shorted or not, to do this test you will need a flyback cannot use a meter here.

        regards Humphrey

        • Erupe Awoton

          June 13, 2017 at 2:29 am

          Hi Humphrey my TV has the exact problem you have described above one line across the screen where can I find you to repair my tv

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Atish

  2. clyde davis

    November 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Good day to you I myself take out circuit board to the work shop for repairs but hook up a yoke and use an oscilloscope to check waveforms at the vertical and video circuits,the last generation of crt do not display a horizontal line any more but shut down after a few seconds and this requires a different an interesting level of troubleshooting .

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Clyde, thanks for your contribution,that is pretty for tech with oscilloscope but for the new ones i believe they can also use the basic tools and still come up with the same results..otherwise thanks for your insight.
      regards Humphrey

  3. Raghu

    November 14, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Welldone humphrey. Yeah sometimes we do such silly mistakes and waste our valuable time. Thanks for sharing this article. Also I have read your new ebook of CRT TV troubleshooting guide and is really good and most helpful.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Raghu,
      Thanks for your feedback Raghu and glad you found my Ebook useful, again you are right sometimes we make silly decision when solving electronics problems..just checked in my book and the first thing i have advised the user is to make sure the i.c is getting power and the correct value but in this assignment i did exactly the opposite..
      Regards Humphrey

      • george

        November 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Hi Humphrey! i got a sansui plasma sv-epd-4230bp.the plasma tv has no picture but sound.Ive also seen there is led on the main board,the positions of the leds is D57,D58,D59 and D45.LED D57 and D58 when switching on the tv remains red and D45 goes on and off with 10seconds intervals.D59 remained green the whole time. what is the functions of the LEDs on the main board? thank you in advance!

  4. Paris Azis

    November 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hello Humphrey,

    Too much trouble for a single fuse-resistor, eh?!! Well, it happens all the time...And the secret is hidden within your "lessons learned". Every one of us (involved with electronic repairs) should always keep this in mind.
    According to my experience, I believe that more than 95% of the failure cases reveal themselves by performing simple voltage tests, before even removing any suspects from the p.c.b. The real "tough dogs" are rare cases, but, funny though true, most of them have always simple if not obvious causes wchich we miss during toubleshooting, maybe because we consider some things as given, which of course is not the case...
    So, nothing is given and correct troubleshooting methodology is what is needed during attempting to bring back in life a dead apparatus...
    And, as I said before, I find that tme most important conclusion of this article of yours, is the tutorial one, especially for "newcomers" in the field of electronics' repairs...
    I am a senior electronics' technician, not professionally active any more, but I spent all my active time with electronics' repairs working in servicing departments of representatives of major japanese consumer electronics here in Athens-Greece.
    Good job and keep on!!

    Paris Azis

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Man you have spoken,i cannot put it any better,i concur with you 100% kudos.
      regards Humphrey

  5. asim

    November 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    nice work

  6. Mike Zook

    November 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Good job Humphrey.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Thank Mike,Glad to see you here.
      regards Humphrey

  7. Mahin

    November 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Dear senior brothers
    i need your kind help
    i found this diode to be faulty
    but this parts is not available in market
    can i use (in 4007) diode as alternative?
    And i found one more parts resistor burnt, i can't read its value since its burnt and color changed black..
    If anybody wants then i can provide foto of the burnt section of my SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 550s
    the parts were found near the FLYBACK
    plz help me instruct me how can i fix the problem, when i push the power button on only hear some clicking sounds..
    Thanks in advance

    • Robert

      November 15, 2014 at 1:46 am

      You can get Mr. Yong's e-book, "How to find the value of burnt resistors". It is a good book. I have followed it and know it works.

    • mahmood

      November 15, 2014 at 3:38 am

      The clicking sound means there is a problem with horizontal output transistor you'd better check it.
      And for the diode the answer is NO .it is not safe to try 4007
      try 1N5822 or similar instead

      if you give more detail you'll sure get better answers .

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 18, 2014 at 1:07 am

      Hi Mahin, you can replace this diode with any FR Diode like FR105, most diodes on the secondary side of s.m.p.s are fast recovery diode so you can try one.

      Regarding the burnt component around the fly-back, check out if burnt component is along the ABL pin of the FBT,if that is the case then consider the FBT gone.
      Regards Humphrey

  8. Yogesh Panchal

    November 15, 2014 at 1:25 am

    good job Sir.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks my friend Yogesh, Glad to see you here.

      regards Humphrey

  9. Robert

    November 15, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Good job Humphrey. Thanks for sharing your repair with us. Sometimes I will just test components instead of doing voltage testing because I have the time and just want to. But voltage testing is the fastest and best way of troubleshooting faults.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Robert, well put!

      Regard Humphrey

  10. Merlin Marquardt

    November 15, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Very good. Very tricky. Very informative. Thanks.

  11. Corriete

    November 15, 2014 at 3:56 am

    yes sure doing some voltage testing should be given priority. great job sir

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Absolutely right Corriete! hope someone out there have learnt a lesson from my long distance repair.

      Regards Humphrey

  12. Dan

    November 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Yes I enjoy the info, because you and all others that share these puzzling differences from what we think is obvious, turns out to be something different: a resistor that acts as a fuse. Thanks This is good stuff

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Dan, i hear you, usually resistors are used as fuse and usually have a value of less than one ohm, also in some circuit board they are labeled (FR=fusible Resistor)
      regards Humphrey

  13. mulik shivaji

    November 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

    very good trick sir!

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks my friend Yogesh,
      regards Humphrey

  14. Tito

    November 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Humphrey,i salute. The china tv do not show holizantal line when that part of vertical section is sick. It just goes blank.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 18, 2014 at 12:50 am

      I salute you too Tito, i have not seen china TV shutdown when it has vertical failure but its common with some branded TVs when the horizontal circuit fail.
      Regards Humphrey

  15. Waleed rishmawi

    November 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    In such a case the first thing to do is chech for voltage reading at the legs of the IC and then check the rest. As you said learning the hard way but you have completed the repair mission. Congrats

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks Waleed, you are very right, that is the best approach but in this repair i took the opposite direction..hope some one out there has learn something from this.

      Regard Humphrey

  16. Alick Mphembera

    November 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the tips. i have actually discarded one TV before because of the same problem. I have also learnt a lesson.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 18, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Hi Alick,
      Sorry to hear your TV ended in the dustbin,glad you have learn something.
      Regards Humphrey

  17. Taofiki ishola Akinleye

    November 16, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Tanx a lot God bless

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 18, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Amen Taofiki, God bless you too.
      regards Humphrey

  18. biruk aweke

    November 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    very nice thanks for sharing .have a nice day.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you too Aweke for passing by.

      Regards Humphrey

  19. Amir Mukhtar AShrafi

    November 17, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Thanks you Mr. Humphrey Kimathi
    you did great work
    however, Some time fault takes more time to solve.

    Any ways. Job done . it good

    Thanks you
    Amir mukhtar Ashrafi

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Amir,
      i am in sync with you.

      regards Humphrey

  20. Mark

    November 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Hey Humphrey,
    I think we have all had 'lessons learned'. It is how we learn and gain experience. Diagnosis takes years and can trick the best of us. Blogs like this one help us all to find faults a lot quicker than if we didn't have a network of people willing to share their experiences. Keep up the good work.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Well put Mark, you have hit the nail on the head.

      Regards Humphrey

  21. mwangi

    November 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Kimathi nice for sharing,if l may ask where if in nairobi can l meet you sir.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Mwangi, Check out "contact me" on my website, click my name on this comment box to take you there.
      Regards Humphrey


    November 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm






    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Aziz, vertical line points to the heaven and horizontal line points to when the sun set.
      regards Humphrey

  23. Henry Mayanja

    November 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Mr Kimathi, thank you for your article, such information helps me build confidence in me as i go on with my work, because i come to know that am not the only one facing such challenges.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Henry, every day is a learning day.
      Regards Humphrey

  24. moniem

    November 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    good information for sharing

  25. beh

    November 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

    you are just like a strong lite in the darkness of the world s skies that showing the way to repairers of what to do and where to go.
    god bless you

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for your compliment Mr,Beh,i am humbled by your remarks.
      Regards Humphrey

  26. Humberto

    November 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Good job Humphrey Kimathi, congratulations.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      November 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Humberto,
      Thank you my friend, glad to see you here.
      regards Humphrey

  27. Mahin

    November 26, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Why all my comments are pending awaiting moderation?

    • admin

      November 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Because the policy does not allow blog readers to ask for other readers email address.


  28. Humphrey Kimathi

    November 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    In agreement with the admin,
    regards Humphrey

  29. Daniel suo

    December 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I have come across such fault of a China TV after checking voltage to the vertical i.c, yoke and as well the vertical i.c also, caps around the secondary power and vertical section, all being in good state but still the horizontal line was still there.
    After doing some more trouble shooting I decided to replace the function i.c(la76810a) the fault was no more and the TV was working fine.
    The lesson drawn and the best possible way of isolating this horizontal line or vertical fault is firstly, power on the TV.
    Watch closely the kind of line displayed on the screen(there are 2 types of lines displayed, one that touches both ends of the screen and the one that doesn't).
    In conclusion, we have to note, the one that touches has to do with the voltage not getting across the vertical i.c or a faulty vertical i.c.
    And to the one that doesn't has to do with the faulty function or frame I.c(la76810a).

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      December 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks for your input Daniel,
      Regards Humphrey

  30. hari prakash

    July 12, 2015 at 11:17 am

    hello friends, i,m here to share my experience i have a sansui tv 21 inch first problem no video but audio is ok then i open the cover and visually inspected one resistor is burned and one resistor is open then i replaced with the new one then i got single line on my screen i need assistance from you i going to start tv reparing shop looking for a place to my near by living - thanks by tinku

  31. arenaxq

    December 11, 2015 at 9:13 am

    well from malaysia with 21' panasonic crt tv and i got the same problem too...
    but before my crt tv pic going to single line, my tv picture become shaking first, but the piture going to normal after i slow down the brightness..i have done to replace vertical ic, change the false capacitor and check all the defect component..but if i turn up the brightness the problem still haunting can be the flyback problem?? somebody please help me..tq to all

    • Jestine Yong

      December 11, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Arena,

      Have you checked if there is any dry joints in the vertical ic and the flyback area? Have you checked if the dc supply to the vertical ic good and stable?



    July 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    please sir, on my crtv that has the problem of line cross the screen. but i have change all like the capacitor, the vertical ic and the resistor but the line is still their. sir can you direct me on what to do.

  33. edward

    December 3, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I hisense crt television had a horizontal lines and a LG crt do the same how do I fix that problem

  34. Damien

    January 22, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, Engineer my tv srceen having picture apear only top and blank screen bottom.deflection IC test ok with other components around it...please help.

  35. ahmid

    June 29, 2017 at 6:09 am

    pls I have a TV with horizontal line I change the ic the problem is still persist and a resistor beside TV line is burning pls what else do think I can do

  36. George

    December 8, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Hi Humphrey I have the same model 21 inch hot point tbmv the problem started when it displayed some Chinese reading on the screen when u switch off it disappears then reappear after sometime it started switching on off alone then lost sound what could be the problem

  37. Yanyoo

    February 19, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Hi sir the picture shown above your article the board similar with my tv hyundai hy-a21us10 model having horizontal line the problem is i cant read the number bcoz it blown, me i know the right number of vertical ic,,,,the r461 shown above is similar value in my board and its defected open...hoping your reply

  38. Yanyoo

    March 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Hi sir justineyong; the picture shown above your article the board similar with my tv hyundai hy-a21us10 model having horizontal line the problem is i cant read the number bcoz it blown, me i know the right number of vertical ic,,,,the r461 shown above is similar value in my board and its defected open...hoping your reply


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