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Killed by lightning, have power, no picture...

My plasma TV and Cable box were killed by lightning last night. They were hooked up to a surge protector but I did not have surge protection on the cable going to the box. The surge was carried through to the TV by the HDMI cable from the cable box.. What should I do to get my TV fixed? I have a 1 yr warranty on the TV but i know it doesn't cover lightning, I have homeowners insurance which might cover it but its a $500 deductable. The TV powers on but no picture, not even menus or volume slider etc.. Any suggestions as to what to do now? Can it be repaired for less than $500, or should I go through my insurance company? I don't think its the screen, it must be a board or diode inside. The screen powers on and lights up but doesn't display anything but black... the surge went through the HDMI cable... I checked the box on another tv and its DOA...

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The warranty does not cover lightning, check if your insurance covers it.
A lightning strike on such panel ( HDMI ) is very difficult to repair and if not impossible.The HDMI connector is hooked to the ground of the TV set so everything could be damaged.
My advice is not to repair.

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