How to fix a broken plasma TV screen

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How to fix a broken plasma TV screen
A pixel-correcting DVD might help a sickly plasma TV screen. (Plasma panel image by Nikolay Okhitin from

A plasma television has a screen of at least 32 inches and contains a mixture of gases in between two pieces of glass. These gases are then turned into a plasma mixture that emits light. Although an LCD-screen TV may look similar to a plasma TV, they use very different technology. One drawback to a plasma-screen TV is that the plasma is very sensitive; if the glass protecting the plasma breaks, you will most likely need to buy a new television. If you are having screen problems other than broken glass, such as a burnt-out screen or pixels, you likely can fix your broken plasma TV screen at home.

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Things you need

  • Pixel-correcting DVD
  • DVD player

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  1. 1

    Connect your DVD player to the plasma TV. Turn both on.

  2. 2

    Place a pixel-correcting DVD in the DVD player. You can purchase a pixel-correcting DVD at most electronics stores or on the Internet (see Resources).

  3. 3

    Select the highest screen resolution possible on your television's menu. Keep your TV in this mode for the remainder of the steps.

  4. 4

    Access the menu on your pixel-correcting DVD by pressing the "Play" button on your DVD remote. Run pixel correction tests until the pixel-correcting program has accessed your television's problem areas.

  5. 5

    Tap your plasma television screen. If you experience no improvement using the pixel-correcting disk, the plasma may have become pressed against the glass and is out of place. Tap gently around the glass until the stuck pixels are released.

Tips and warnings

  • If you experience no improvement after following these steps, your television may have external damage.
  • Do not hit the television with any hard object when trying to release stuck pixels.

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