As with the XBOX 360 once you get three blinking red lights...things have gone wrong. Unlike the 3yr Xbox warranty my 1yr Samsung warranty has expired by 30 some days and now I am in for some fixing fun.
Originally the TV turned off and then tried to turn on for about 3 minutes or so, never really getting started, getting decent picture for couple seconds then turning off and trying again. Finally it would give up and three lights would blink. So in the name of DLP I started with the bulb, even though there was no dimming, I figured why not, and the TV had gotten some serious use. In my mind not enough to be bying bulbs annually though. Anyways, bulb came, easy swap, TV still cant turn over. Its like a dying battery on a car, so close....
So now what....I am left with three options that I know of....
Repair Man - these people in General scare me, and want $100 bucks just to peek and tell me my problems.
Color Wheel - seems to be a problem of failure in older DLP's
Cooling fan - If the fan wont run the tv wont turn on right?
So this is where I be. I live in Charlotte NC and would love the help from anyone, in person or via the net. I dont know but I might, just might have smelled some light burning at the time of initial failure, then again my mind could have just imagined that in the haste. I think I heard a slight grinding of sorts, but only once or twice during the off and on stage. Never initially or for long time.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you know where to get the two above mentioned parts at fair price or know of repair people in NC area. Or have any help to offer.