Originally Posted by TheDoubleJ
I had heard plasmas had issues up here as well, but after some research, it seems that 8500 feet is where things starting getting funky, and I'm at 5000ish, so I figure I'll be ok.
It is a very model specific issue. Buzzing has been known to happen well under 5000 feet. In general, things have gotten better with newer sets. Hopefully it will behave.
I was considering an LED, but only if I could find a full array model with local dimming, and they were way out of my price range. I'm also spoiled a bit I guess by the blacks on the DLP, and since DLPs only come in giant sizes these days, those are out since my room is 10x11. Lastly, and I know this one sounds dumb, but some of the LCDs I looked at had a little extra processing time involved, and I didn't want to mess up my guitar hero.
I'm a casual gamer myself (360, PS3 and PC), so your last point did not sound dumb. Quite the contrary, it's a major issue. Processing lag is pretty bad on many of the LED LCDs. Some of the models out there will allow you to bypass most of the extra trashy "image enhancement features" that exacerbate it, while other sets won't.
In general though, I do not like the new LED edgelit LCDs for other annoying reasons. Ever hear of clouding and flashlights? If you do a lot of night time movie watching, there is nothing more annoying than having splotches of dark grey on what should be a totally black background (clouding)....or random bright spots (flashlights). Glowing edges and corners are common problems as well. Very few LED LCD specimens are perfect due to these issues, and in general, I think they suck.
Besides, I see a lot of pixel blurring while playing games on LCDs with the very quickest response times available. DLP owns gaming, with plasma a close second. Current LCD pixel tech is still too slow for my liking.
You can find 60" offerings of new Mitsu DLPs. I'm sure that you could find a space for one of those. They are the most massive bang for the buck in displays right now.
As far as those parts go, would it just be a game of swapping boards until it works again?
I hate to say this, but as this is a DIY job for you without any electrical diagnostic skills, then yes. My advice is to replace both the ballast and power supply. Those parts have relatively high failure rates. Kill two birds with one stone. After doing so the TV will more than likely spring back to life. If not, we'll take it from there. Just be carefull with the connectors, don't force anything.