Plain ole user
There is more to the story. This chip is in the muting circuit, and many sets will have a thump at turn on or off when you remove this transistor. The problem is not the transistor but the corrupt data in the EEPROM. The correct fix is to fix the corrupt data or replace the EEPROM and reprogram the set so that it works properly. Removing the transistor is a patch, or useful for troubleshooting purposes, but should not be considered a complete nor professional manner of repair.