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The problem as described by Pioneer owners and the fix:
"What I see periodically is a very fast, usually light colored flash that goes
upward somewhat from left to right, with several shorter lines that radiate from the
bottom of the large one, downward and to toward the left. It's somewhat like a momentary
breakup of the horizontal sync.
It's so brief that it's easy to miss, but I definitely see it on my x510, which was
manufactured in Dec 99'. It ONLY occurs on NTSC, never on HD, and I'm so happy with the
set otherwise I just haven't got myself worked up to put the heat on the dealer or Pioneer
to get it resolved. I would like to get it resolved, but I guess I also have some
misgivings about letting anyone touch the set."
"The flash/tear problem on the x10 series supposedly has been taken care of. My
710 has no flash/tear problem. It is my understanding that the older 510 & 610's had a
flash/tear problem. Pioneer has identified the problem and it is a simple fix that the
local service center could order the parts and fix. A lot of people that purchased newer
510 & 610's have posted in the forum and have said that they are not seeing the
FIX to the Flash/Tear Problem
"There is a fix by pioneer for the flash tear problem. It is their "service
information" memo No. SI-H54078-G dated Feb. 10, 2000. The service remedy includes
changing a resistor (RSV16S4715) and adding a capacitor (CKCYB222K5). They also have to
readjust the H-phase because picture will shift horizontally after applying the fix."
The service bulletin states that it is applicable to the 510HD, 610HD, *AND* SD582 and
SD532 models. The 710HD is NOT mentioned in the bulletin.
Here is an account by Charles Ledbetter:
"I had my 610HD repaired today for the flash/tear problem. It's unquestionably
fixed. I sat in front of it for several hours afterwards and it never flashed once. It's
never gone that long since the day I bought it.
As stated before, the repair is a resistor and a capacitor. The resistor is TINY. So
small that the technician took my board back to his shop so he could solder it under a
The repair DID NOT reset any factory defaults. All settings and convergence were just
as they were before the repair.
This problem has been put to bed."