I have a Toshiba 32HFX71 Cinema Series CRT TV (from 2001). When I turned it on recently the picture refused to come on, the power light was blinking, and a squealing sound came from either the tube or more likely the transformer. It is putting out audio, though.
When I started describing the problem to the local TV repair guy, he took me to the back of his shop and showed me the same model disassembled on his workbench, out of commission with similar symptoms! Apparently (and paraphrasing, since I'm not a hardware guy) an IC chip had blown, which then left the transformer misprogrammed and possibly damaged, burnt out at least 1 resistor, and then caused various havoc in other places. He and his customer had pretty much given it up as a lost-cause sinkhole of time and effort (he's had it for a couple of months or more) - the most recent word back from Toshiba advised tracking down replacing various tiny diodes, with no guarantee of success. He said it is one of the uglier repair jobs he's seen in quite some time, and had some uncomplimentary things to say about the circuit design! Since my own problem sounds very similar, I'm not too hopeful.
I was just curious if anyone here had knowledge of similar failures in Toshiba HFX71 series TVs? I found at least one other similar report
(R217 is the very resistor my guy mentioned as well), and having two units go similarly kaput in a small place like Yellowknife pushes coincidence. It may give me the excuse to upgrade to the plasma set I've had my eye on, but I was going to wait a couple of years for the Blu-Ray wars to settle down, and having what was $2000+ unit die beyond reasonable repair would certainly make me unhappy.