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Return of The Flat-Panel Tv Bleg

Okay, in the spirit of Derb’s treehouse and all other related blegs, here’s a doozy. Remember how I asked about flat-panel TVs awhile back? Well, I went and bought on sale the Toshiba 42HP84 (thank you Best Buy for your 0% financing!). Here’s the problem. I have the brackets built into the wall. I have the crazy wiring all worked out (I think). BUT, the TV comes with the base still attached. I have to remove it before I can hang it on the wall. Problem is: the manual says not one word on how to do this and the base seems to be attached to the innards of the TV casing itself. In other words, it looks like I have to take the back off the TV. I’m prepared to do that IF I know what to do and that it’s the right thing to do. I am loathe to have Best Buy come out and do it because all of the expensive stuff — mounting the bracket to the wall, etc — has already been done. And I don’t want to pay the full (expensive) installation fee for them to do the second to last thing.

So, any licensed — or quasi licensed — tech savvy folks out there have any guidance? I called Toshiba and they can’t help. They gave me the names of local service centers. But one guy I called just sort of laughed when I asked him if he could talk me through it. I can’t find anything on the web. My theory is this: Toshiba® wants me to use only Toshiba® wall brackets so they put the instructions in that box. But because I went with the generic brackets, I’m SOL.

In short: Help. My wife is growing weary of looking at the hideously exposed wall brackets and wiring as well as the TV on the floor. I fear she may do something drastic.

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