So the replacement bluetooth module arrived Friday evening. I immediately started working on the TV. I took pictures not only to assist others in the future but to prove I did it!
Pictures 1 & 2 show clearly that bluetooth is non-functional.
Step 1: Take the 4 screws out of the base/stand. Do not remove the top screws that are resting on the stand! They make it easy to lift the TV out of and onto the stand. Quite a nice design!
Step 2: Lay the TV flat face-down on a surface you know will not scratch it... I used a microfiber blanket.
Step 3: Follow the power cord up to where it enters the TV. Remove the single screw that holds the little panel then gently pry it out and down. Once exposed you will then need to pull the power cord connecter loose by pressing down on the middle tab.
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Step 4: Take EVERY remaining screw loose and put aside. Once ALL screws are loose, you'll be able to easily pull off the back cover. It's a thin sheet of stamped metal, so be VERY careful not to bend/crease it!
Picture 7.jpg - The insides are exposed! but where the hell are the bluetooth & wifi modules??
Picture 8.jpg - I removed both the top circuit board cover and the bottom cover... neither board had them! on 8.jpg you see that if you were to replace the T-CON board you'd need to gently pry up the foil tape along the bottom edge of the T-CON cover to reveal the 3 screws
Picture 9.jpg shows the serials/numbers of the T-CON board while it was exposed.
Also Picture 8.jpg - Hmmm... why does the Sony badge box (with the IR sensor in the front) have that seperation on the bottom left side? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm... <scratches head>
Step 5: As you can see in Picture 10.jpg, I now have it loose! You'll have to take the 2 screws out of the black plastic piece that holds it along the top, once that's removed you'll see the wire connector you need to disconnect. Once it's free you'll need to unplug the smaller connector, then carefully seperate the black plastic topper from the main assembly (Picture 12.jpg).
Step 6: Lo and Behold! There they are!! (Picture 14.jpg) The wifi module is on the left in the picture, while the bluetooth module is on the right. I noticed right away that it looked damaged. To remove it, simply pry it up on the inside corners. It is only secured by the connector.
Step 7: Replace bluetooth module with new one. (Pictures 15.jpg & 16.jpg) You can clearly see the bend in the metal. Something most likely snagged the SONY badge box at some point and hurt this poor little guy.
Step 8: Put it all back together!
So, once I got it all back together I powered up the TV and went to the dreaded menu that gave me the error (1.jpg - One-touch Remote Control Setup). I hit the button to register ... and opened my eyes back up... and to my astonishment, it was at the next screen! No error!! ... Next thing I did was attempt to pair the 3D glasses.... YES! They ALL PAIRED!!
3D is pretty amazing on this TV, but the cross-talk can be noticeable at times. I'm sure with more time and fiddling around I'll figure out how to minimize it. But all in all, with the SMOOTH motionflow... you can't beat this kind of 3D!!