No, it’s not a joke, or at least if it is, I don’t know the punchline.
My CRT television made a loud, sharp ‘SNAP’ sound and stopped working the other day - it sounded like an electric arc and I’m guessing that’s what it was. It still powers on and responds to the remote control, but instead of making pictures and sound, it makes the loud snap sound and turns off.
So, I’m aware of the basics of what a CRT is, so I know there are some high voltage components at the back of the tube there - and that it’s probably one of these bits that is causing the problem (I also know that it’s dangerous to go poking about in there, even after the power is disconnected, so I won’t be attempting any kind of repair myself)…
But I just wondered whether I might be describing a common fault that falls into a definite category of “it’s certainly busted - just throw it away” or “it could be something simple (like a popped capacitor) - it’s worth a try having it repaired”
It’ll cost me £25 for the shop just to take a look at it and although this is a very reasonable price, I’d rather not pay it out if there’s no hope of a repair.