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Can you please tell me if that bar is present on all sources and inputs (meaning if something else besides the Cable Box input displays this bar)?
Also can you tell me the rough age of the set please?
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This problem can happen due to several things. The power supply is a common cause of this problem. This typically will cost you $250-$300 to have repaired.The other very common issues, are problems with the Sustain boards failing. They are responsible processing the Plasma display and are common failures for this type of TV. The average cost for this type of repair is around $400 parts and labor.Given that a brand new 50" LED TV can be purchased for about the same cost as repairing this set, it may make more sense to put that same money towards replacement of the set- versus repairs.However if you would like to inquire about repairs, or seek a 2nd opinion, you can use the link below to locate a shop in your area if you'd like:http://www.tvrepairpros.com
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