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Banding and pixellation on 2-yr old Sony Bravia KDL-40X3500


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I love my Sony Bravia KDL-40X3500 television and HDMI-cable linked Sony RDR HXD-970 hard drive/dvd recorder in the 2 or so years I've had them.

- In the last week though, the TV has banding appear on it for the first few minutes after turning on which then disappears for as long as the TV is on. The banding is darker than the background, varying widths, but always horizontal and it flickers and jumps until it sorts itself out.

- Also in the last week or so, when watching movies and other fast paced stuff, the picture tends to heavily pixellate for a few seconds and then again sorts itself out, but unlike the banding this pixellation can reappear regularlly throughout a programme or movie.

Attached are two images, one showing the TV Guide page as it should look and the other showing the same screen with the banding on it.

Any clues or pointers before I get Sony out to look at it as it has a 5 year guarantee on it?

Cheers in anticipation of the power of AVForum,


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