First post, Hi everybody!
I've trolled the internet the last few days and can't seem to find somebody with a similar problem, that's why I'm here.
6 weeks ago, the bulb died. It had nearly 7 years on her so it was no big deal.
I bought a Pureglare bulb (and housing) for $40 and slapped it in there. Worked great...until the other day.
I turned the TV off to get some dinner, and 30 minutes later get back. The TV turned on (got the melody), had a picture for about 15 seconds...then went off! Try to turn it on again, only had a picture about 8 seconds and turns off. After it turns off, I get the 3 blinking light issue. Now, during the power up cycle, I observed from the back that the lamp did light...then goes out as well.
I unplugged it over night...it wouldn't come on in the morning. However, it did come on and stayed on all evening.
Got up this morning and it wouldn't come on at all. My wife was home, turned it on 6 hours after I did and it came on, lost picture for 3 seconds, then popped back on and stayed on. Very strange.
1. Is it a defective bulb that we bought? (Intermittent?)
2. Is the bulb good, but needs a ballast?
3. Something more ominous?
Troubleshooting tips? We don't have a whole lot of money and we can't afford a replacement TV.