In old movies (or new movies playing in these times), I often see people smacking the top of electron tube TVs or screens. Somehow it seems to help to stabilize/sharpen the picture. But why?
Are there any reasons an electronic circuit could go from not working as expected to working as expected from a sharp mechanical jolt? What are the conditions that cause such an issue in the electronics? It would appear that the Atari ST suffered from a similar problem that could be fixed by performing what became known as the "Atari drop" (as discussed in this section on wikipedia) although this is described as being due to loose connections, are there any other failure modes that could be remedied in a similar manner, and why?