I apologize if this has been brought up previously, I'm a little frustrated and can't sit thru 30+ pages (tho I've gone thru a few). I just purchased a HL61A750 which was setup today. The picture is nice, I'm working the features, playing with brightness/contrast/etc...the contrast menu freeze on my screen. I can't do anything, the remote control is ineffective. The buttons on the side of the unit, also not responsive. The power button is not responsive. The unit finally goes into just LED blinking mode, it sits there for a few minutes, I try the power button, no success. I have to power reset to get the unit back up.
Its running fine, I decide to go back into features and just start playing around, nothing crazy, it does the same thing. I reset. I comeback to watch a dvd, dvd runs fine. I when I switch to component 1 (my xbox) it sits there for 20 seconds while I turn the xbox on, all the sudden it goes dead, the LED light starts blinking again.
I contact samsung to see if they have any ideas, they want to immediately set me up for service (I do technical support for a computer company, I know what that means). I refuse service for the time being, I'll talk to my reseller 1st.
I start researching, I look into firmware updates, well, I see a lot on this 1005.3, which appears to have been released 5/12/08 according to samsung.com. I check my firmware, I'm running 1006.1 (4/30/08 according to the TV) so thats a no go. But I can't find anything on my current firmware update or whats its supposed to fix.
I again am doing something simple. I was checking the closed captions options (I play PC video games and mute quiet frequently, I was seeing if the unit had a 'CC on mute' option.) I click on, I click off, I click on, and its just sitting on my TV 'Caption: Off' but the captions are still going and 10 minutes later the light blue 'Caption: Off' is still up, its still captioning, the remote, side button, power button are completely ineffective.
I'm running a Cable box thru coax (I'm getting upgrade this week). Xbox on component, and a dvd player on HDMI.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate, I just hate crying that something's broke and its just user error (again, its what I do for a job).
Edit: So I start changing channels on my cable box. The 'Caption: Off' stayed on for a few channel flips, I turn on my xbox to see if it scans to it or something...after atleast a minute, the screen turns to off-black, makes a noise like the TV is powering back on, and it comes back on, and is working again. I'm tempted to see if I can make the menu's stick again...