I desperately require help or at the least consolation. Having had our fantastic 50" Philips plasma for some months now and enjoyed its television capabilities thoroughly, I earlier tonight decided to try it as a monitor for the first time. I read the instructions thoroughly, becoming somewhat confused by the mentioned ferrite cores, but decided they were most likely the metallic deals on either end of the monitor cables. I hooked everything up and switched on the power. After adjusting the input to the VGA socket, I saw that the picture was flickering and realized something wasn't right. I hit the power button on the remote and found it nonfunctional. On my way to the television, it issued a sharp report like a gunshot, then another. I quickly shut off the monitor and began to sweat. The current condition of the TV seems to be deceased. It turns on into standby mode fine, then turns on normally...but displays nothing. There is naught but blackness. I'm distraught. Does anyone know what could have gone wrong? The manual said nothing about this...it seemed quite positive about PC hookups, including a chart full of supported resolutions. Should I have hooked up more ferrite cores? Could a non-cored power chord have blown up my TV? This is a crippling loss.