Originally Posted by 120inna55
I do not think replacing the lamp will resolve all of your issue. Somewhere in this thread, at least one other person had your issue as far as the input labels sticking or not showing up at all. I seem to recall it resulted in gradual decline until the set was unusable. I believe it had to do with the I/O board, but I don't want to mislead you. I've followed this thread from the beginning so I'm just going by memory, and I regret I can't give you hard and fast data or even point you to the posts.
It looks like you're leaning towards an upgrade, and all you need is a little nudge. Well, despite the fact that I love my set and its beautiful image quality, I have to recommend you don't dump any money into it, and take the plunge on that new one you've got your eye on.
I agree that if it were only a lamp, the decision would be easy. Sadly, I don't think that's the case. Good luck.
Thanks, that was the impression I've been getting more and more. And you're right, I was sort of leaning towards getting a new set (in fact, I think a part of me would be disappointed even if my TV started miraculously working flawlessly again right now
The problem is actually more unpredictable than I thought, though. It doesn't just happen the first time I turn it on in the day... in fact, it doesn't always even happen the first time I turn it on.
Anyways, I'll probably end up replacing it, but I think I might keep it around in hopes of fixing it and using it as a secondary TV in the bedroom (something I never considered before, but wouldn't mind). If it's the IO board, though, that sounds like a costly repair...
I gotta say, as impressive as the picture for this TV has been, I haven't been impressed with the quality. I was sure hoping to get more than five years out of this set, but I've had problem after problem. Definitely not getting a DLP again, and definitely not getting a TV right at launch again, and I'll at least be weary of Samsung next time, too...
EDIT: Although to be fair to new DLP's, IIRC, they've improved to the point that they use long-life LEDs and very few to no moving parts to display the picture.