The backlight is malfunctioning.
Regardless of input or settings, the backlight comes on for half a second when powering on, then turns off. Sometimes when changing a setting (input, volume) the backlight comes on again for half a second, then turns off.
By shining a flashlight on the screen, I can see that everything other than the backlight is functioning correctly. I can very slowly and painstakingly navigate menus, and have tried the factory reset. Nothing resolves this.
I talked to Westinghouse support, and they said send it back at their cost. I am loathe to do this, as I threw the box away after initial setup checkout was ok, and I'm guessing it would be at least two weeks without the TV to get it serviced.
Any ideas?????? Help!!!!
Does anybody have any idea how simple it is to replace the inverter? And how much that might cost? Could I even order the part and do it myself?
If I could get it done quickly, out of warranty, that might be preferable to using Westinghouse's warranty repair service. Or is that just good money after bad??
Your thoughts are appreciated...
Man, I know this is an old thread and a really old display, but I tore down one of these tonight for shxts and giggles.
This has to be the absolute worst design for TV innards I have ever seen. So much excess metal and poorly routed wires.
I've got the same symptoms as everyone else; powers up for a second, but no image displayed on the screen. Then powers itself off.
Nothing looks particularly cooked or blown, there's not a bad cap in sight.
There's a pot-screw on the power supply. It's labeled "12v / 24v adj." I'm tempted to crank it up, especially because it's currently all the way down. No pun intended. Seems similar to the adjuster on a hair dryer or electric barber's shears. Should I give it a go? It's it worth a try?
Don't really care if I fry the TV, just don't want to fry myself.
I can always jab some legs into it, and make it a coffee table.
Had a Polaroid show these symptoms once, but it was obviously caps. Quick, easy, inexpensive fix. Still works. I got hooked, and I've been tearing apart cheap crappy old LCDs ever since.