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Sam in Virginia's Avatar Sam in Virginia 04:19 AM 08-06-2014
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Well, I fixed my A3000's green blob!

I bought that SXRD221 chip off of ebay and swapped it in, and the TV is gorgeous once again! Greys are GREY!

Let me tell you though, that the job is not for someone who isn't familiar with electronics.

The A3000 is set up differently from the A2000. You access everything from the front instead of the back. There are a ton of wires across the front of the unit that need to be moved out of the way. The good thing, however, is that none of the connectors are the same, so you can't possibly hook it back up wrong.

The light engine is set up differently from the A2000, too. When I got down to the SXRD chips, I thought I was screwed because everything was glued together. Also, there was a filter on the chip that looked like it was tinted blue, but the "red" one I got was not. The filter was also adjustable and was hard set with epoxy from the factory. No idea what that setting meant. I was prepared for the filter to have made a difference but so far it looks great.

Mark the placement of the SXRD chip before you remove it. Take pictures. Note the placement of it. You need a REALLY good #00 Philips head screwdriver to remove the SXRD chip. Then slice the epoxy holding the filter setting with a utility blade. When you put in the new SXRD chip, try to align it as best you can. The A2000 repair video online mentions nudging the chip with the TV on, but with the way the A3000 is set up, there is no access the chip. So get it as close as you can. Especially try to get the tilt of the chip right. Then tighten it all down.

When I took out the blue SXRD chip, frankly, it looked fine. No visible blotches. So I wasn't sure it was going to fix the issue.

My new blue chip was within 2 pixels in both directions of the old one, which I then adjusted with the service menu's coarse convergence(REGI) setting. I'll be doing the fine convergence later on.

I did take pictures and a video, but I'm not sure how useful they will be. I sort of panicked at one point and just started working on it without taking more video.

The reason I panicked is that when I put it all back together all I got was a green screen. I mean PURE green! No other colors. I had to take the light engine out two more times and disconnect/reconnect ribbon cables. Turns out that at least one of the SXRD chip cables was not seated properly. Once I re-seated them all, it came to life!

One of the video cables is really delicate, I took care not to damage it.

When I finally got the screen back on, the green blob was gone.

I did a lot of testing as I re-assembled to make sure that the TV was still working as I plugged in cables and routed them.

All told, it took me from 10AM til about 4:30PM. Spent $150 on the chip and express shipping.

Here's the video of the A2000 repair that was very helpful for repairing this TV.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP2nNPOjn_Y


Untitled by shapegsx, on Flickr
Hi Shape, my Sony KDS-60A3000 has been growing the green blob for the last year and it's got to the point I need to replace the LCD panel. The pictures you posted will help a lot but I was wondering if you ever looked over your video to see if you had enough to post some video. It looks pretty straight forward, the only part I am a little vague on is the part about everything was glued together and having to slice the epoxy holding the filter setting with a utility blade. Is that the extra part with the 4 jagged edge tabs and if so did you glue it back? The seller you bought from has it mounted on that part but other sellers do not have that part mounted, it just looks like the picture of your old part. I guess the first step is to get the new part and go from their. Thinking about glueing a straight edge on the bottom and one side before I take the old panel off to aid in aligning the new one but don't know if that will work. I am gonna give it a try. Thanks

SkOrPn's Avatar SkOrPn 11:45 AM 08-06-2014
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Hi Shape, my Sony KDS-60A3000 has been growing the green blob for the last year and it's got to the point I need to replace the LCD panel. The pictures you posted will help a lot but I was wondering if you ever looked over your video to see if you had enough to post some video. It looks pretty straight forward, the only part I am a little vague on is the part about everything was glued together and having to slice the epoxy holding the filter setting with a utility blade. Is that the extra part with the 4 jagged edge tabs and if so did you glue it back? The seller you bought from has it mounted on that part but other sellers do not have that part mounted, it just looks like the picture of your old part. I guess the first step is to get the new part and go from their. Thinking about glueing a straight edge on the bottom and one side before I take the old panel off to aid in aligning the new one but don't know if that will work. I am gonna give it a try. Thanks
Sam, please try and document everything you learn using pictures and notes as well. The more users here documenting the process the more of us can avoid having to buy a new TV down the road. Let us know how you fair.
Shape's Avatar Shape 01:00 PM 08-06-2014
I did not glue it back. I have no idea why the filter on the front of the SXRD chip can move relative to the chip itself. I just put it back to roughly the spot I had it before.

Incidentally, I fixed the TV, and then upgraded to a Sony 4k TV a couple months later.

I never did get a chance to do that video. My recording was a bit of a mess, unfortunately. I didn't realize my camera would only record 20 minutes at a time, so it would stop recording and I wouldn't notice.
Casio750's Avatar Casio750 06:22 PM 08-27-2014
TV has run flawlessly since 2007, but now it won't turn on. My current bulb has less than 2,000 hours on it. The TV was working fine Saturday. Went to turn it on Sunday. The “power” light blinked green for quite a while, then switched to red, where it blinks in a series of 5 blinks, then pauses, then does it again repeatedly. No sound or picture, but at least one fan is on. I've been told that the problem could be the bulb, the lamp ballast and/or the power supply. I don't want to sink much money into a TV this old. Any suggestions as to the cause of the problem would be appreciated.
SkOrPn's Avatar SkOrPn 06:58 PM 08-27-2014
I read in the A2000 forum that its a lamp driver. Maybe that means a bad ballast? Try unplugging, opening the door, pulling the bulb, looking at it real good to see if it looks burnt (yeah I know this is difficult to judge), re-seating the bulb, closing the door, and power it back on.

Maybe just maybe you get lucky. That ballast/driver is betwen $50 and $100 on ebay and its a common part used in many sets. Good luck
Casio750's Avatar Casio750 04:27 PM 08-28-2014
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I read in the A2000 forum that its a lamp driver. Maybe that means a bad ballast? Try unplugging, opening the door, pulling the bulb, looking at it real good to see if it looks burnt (yeah I know this is difficult to judge), re-seating the bulb, closing the door, and power it back on.

Maybe just maybe you get lucky. That ballast/driver is betwen $50 and $100 on ebay and its a common part used in many sets. Good luck
Much thanks. I did as you suggested, and the TV started right up. Any idea why, or how to prevent it from happening again?
SkOrPn's Avatar SkOrPn 05:28 PM 08-28-2014
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Much thanks. I did as you suggested, and the TV started right up. Any idea why, or how to prevent it from happening again?
Your welcome. It just means your ballast/driver is probably going bad, or the filament inside the bulb is going bad. Or a sensor. Without tools to test with all you can do is wait and see if it happens again. If your not yet ready to start planning a major upgrade, I would get another bulb and ballast, and replace one or both when it happens again. Once the TV finally dies or is replaced, even years from now, that ballast can be sold back on ebay easily. In fact, once mine dies from what ever I am taking it apart piece by piece and going to make quadruple or more on the parts alone. And then replace it with something much cheaper that is based on LED... lol

Good luck
Casio750's Avatar Casio750 05:39 PM 08-28-2014
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Your welcome. It just means your ballast/driver is probably going bad, or the filament inside the bulb is going bad. Or a sensor. Without tools to test with all you can do is wait and see if it happens again. If your not yet ready to start planning a major upgrade, I would get another bulb and ballast, and replace one or both when it happens again. Once the TV finally dies or is replaced, even years from now, that ballast can be sold back on ebay easily. In fact, once mine dies from what ever I am taking it apart piece by piece and going to make quadruple or more on the parts alone. And then replace it with something much cheaper that is based on LED... lol

Good luck
Is it difficult to replace the ballast?
SkOrPn's Avatar SkOrPn 06:12 PM 08-28-2014
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Is it difficult to replace the ballast?
I've never done it but I've seen it done (somewhere), and for me that is all I needed. Your looking for part number 1-474-012-11 or the original 1-480-180-11. But i bet its best to pull it apart and take a pic of the one you have and any number on it and send that to tech support at a TV parts store, otherwise ballasts can be a crap shoot. Some have different connectors yet look exactly the same.

You can try https://www.partstore.com or shopjimmy, but I would call them first with the part in question in hand. http://www.shopjimmy.com/sony-1-480-...mp-ballast.htm
Casio750's Avatar Casio750 02:10 PM 08-29-2014
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I've never done it but I've seen it done (somewhere), and for me that is all I needed. Your looking for part number 1-474-012-11 or the original 1-480-180-11. But i bet its best to pull it apart and take a pic of the one you have and any number on it and send that to tech support at a TV parts store, otherwise ballasts can be a crap shoot. Some have different connectors yet look exactly the same.

You can try https://www.partstore.com or shopjimmy, but I would call them first with the part in question in hand. http://www.shopjimmy.com/sony-1-480-...mp-ballast.htm
Thanks.
Casio750's Avatar Casio750 02:16 PM 08-29-2014
Can anyone provide a link to installation instructions for a lamp ballast?
SkOrPn's Avatar SkOrPn 04:26 PM 08-29-2014
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Can anyone provide a link to installation instructions for a lamp ballast?
You probably need the service manual, or just need to find a guide to replacing something else that requires removing the rear. That way you can figure out how to take the TV apart. I've taken my TV apart but only the front in order to clean the cabinet out and the mirror. The Ballast itself is self explanatory, it just has screws holding it in place and a connector to disconnect and reconnect. But there may be things in the way and or the cabinet may be tricky to take apart.

I found a video of a different SXRD set that shows the ballast for a moment, but maybe you can ask the youtube user if he can make a video for the ballast?
YouTube (Short URL)

Here is Sony's red blink video.
YouTube (Short URL)

By the way, very few people kept these sets this long so that is why there is no longer any help in this thread.
jasenkent 01:19 PM 08-30-2014
Just wondering where you guys buy your replacement lamps.

I'm having a problem with Advanced Lamps. I ordered from them in 2010 - no problems. I placed an order with them again a month ago. They sent the lamp but it didn't work. I've been calling and emailing them - no response. All I wanted is to get a replacement for what I think is a defective lamp.

However, now I'm not sure if it's the lamp that is bad or maybe my TV has just run its course. I bought it in mid 2008.
DickTinWis's Avatar DickTinWis 07:28 PM 08-30-2014
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Just wondering where you guys buy your replacement lamps.

I'm having a problem with Advanced Lamps. I ordered from them in 2010 - no problems. I placed an order with them again a month ago. They sent the lamp but it didn't work. I've been calling and emailing them - no response. All I wanted is to get a replacement for what I think is a defective lamp.

However, now I'm not sure if it's the lamp that is bad or maybe my TV has just run its course. I bought it in mid 2008.
I've had good success and lowest prices from Ness Electronics. They carry the original Philips lamp.
Casio750's Avatar Casio750 12:19 PM 09-03-2014
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You probably need the service manual, or just need to find a guide to replacing something else that requires removing the rear. That way you can figure out how to take the TV apart. I've taken my TV apart but only the front in order to clean the cabinet out and the mirror. The Ballast itself is self explanatory, it just has screws holding it in place and a connector to disconnect and reconnect. But there may be things in the way and or the cabinet may be tricky to take apart.

I found a video of a different SXRD set that shows the ballast for a moment, but maybe you can ask the youtube user if he can make a video for the ballast? http://youtu.be/lvbi0sl4kRc

Here is Sony's red blink video.
http://youtu.be/BLkyFXv2-i4?t=2m10s

By the way, very few people kept these sets this long so that is why there is no longer any help in this thread.
It worked for a couple of days, then died again. I tried the "pull out the bulb" trick, but no luck this time. I've decided to throw in the towel and buy a 60" LCD. Reading through the threads, it's definitely a harder task than it was in 2007. The A3000 was pretty much acknowledged as the best rear projection out there. Now, depending on who's doing the review, there seems to be something wrong with every mid priced set. How's your knowledge about LCD's?
SkOrPn's Avatar SkOrPn 12:31 PM 09-03-2014
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It worked for a couple of days, then died again. I tried the "pull out the bulb" trick, but no luck this time. I've decided to throw in the towel and buy a 60" LCD. Reading through the threads, it's definitely a harder task than it was in 2007. The A3000 was pretty much acknowledged as the best rear projection out there. Now, depending on who's doing the review, there seems to be something wrong with every mid priced set. How's your knowledge about LCD's?
You going to sell the A3000?
Casio750's Avatar Casio750 12:34 PM 09-03-2014
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You going to sell the A3000?
Absolutely.
tomspoon's Avatar tomspoon 06:43 PM 09-03-2014
My KDS-55A3000 has that "dull" problem as well. I actually have two of them - one looks much like it did from new with a fantastic picture; the one with the "dull" look has a black level that is more of a navy than black. Overall it comes across with having poor contrast, or at least as opposed to a well-functioning set - yet it is still very watcheable. The strange thing is that a totally black screen has distortions like fireman1000 has in the blue screen he posted above - BUT all the other solid screens still look perfectly normal. I guess I could be in the early stages of failure of the blue SXRD panel. And yes, I did jump on that LG 60BP6900 plasma offered by Beach Camera for $699.99 this past weekend. Its going to be hell to have to worry about burn in again, but the black levels are quite good.
bdrex28's Avatar bdrex28 07:59 PM 09-08-2014
I think I'm going to be replacing my 60A3000 shortly. Moving to a projector and screen. Leaning towards a Sony with a 126" Carada screen.

Is there any market for this tv still? I personally still think it has a fantastic picture. I bought mine pretty much the first week they were out and have replaced the bulb twice. Still great picture.

Maybe list on Craigs List?

Anyone sold one?

I just don't know if "buyers" want one anymore as it's not to be mounted on a wall.

I was thinking of asking maybe $500?

Thoughts or advice?
jasenkent 09:46 PM 09-08-2014
I have the same model, bought in 2008. It still had a great picture when the bulb went out. I bought a replacement bulb but now the tv won't work. I'm not sure if it's a defective bulb or if the Sony has bigger issues. I had lots of people offer me 300 and more for the TV if I decided to sell.
Zildjian's Avatar Zildjian 04:55 PM 11-17-2014
Well I think my KDS60A3000 has gone tits up. Getting blinking red light. It blinks 8 times then starts over. I checked the bulb it looks fine. Put in old known working bulb that was just dim from before I changed it. Still does the same thing. I tried the reset thing where you hit up arrow and power on set. That did not fix it.

It was working fine then just shut off and started blinking red. No picture or sound. Also removed all connections to it except the power plug tried the up arrow on the remote then turning on at the TV this did not fix.

Anyone have any other suggestions? Or Anyone else this happened to know how much it may cost to fix.
jasenkent 11:09 PM 11-17-2014
Mine went "tits up" a couple of months ago. I bought it over 6 years ago and have really loved the picture. I wanted to go to front projection with possibly the Sony 40ES but got an Insignia 65" for $799 at Best Buy that is surprisingly good.
Kxtr73's Avatar Kxtr73 02:48 AM 11-18-2014
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(...)It blinks 8 times then starts over.(....)
from Sony KDSA3000 service manual:


NUMBER OF TIMES LED BLINKS:

8 Times: Audio Protect Error - Short in speaker line - Check A Board or replace speaker
Philip Klein's Avatar Philip Klein 07:58 AM 11-18-2014
Have similar 8 times blinking- no sound. Order new speakers but when removed front, didn't see any obvious issue with speakers or wires. May replace A Board but seems involved for removing various wires and electronics. Has anyone else done that or found other fault that lead to 8 blink code?

- Phil
Kxtr73's Avatar Kxtr73 09:27 AM 11-21-2014
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(....) May replace A Board but seems involved for removing various wires and electronics. Has anyone else done that or found other fault that lead to 8 blink code?(...)

- Phil
Other models have different flashes to the same problems, but diagnostics should be similar.

From: http://www.eskimo.com/~riffraff/imag...ing_Manual.pdf

page:68
Audio Error (7X Power/Standby Red LED Flash Pattern)

The protection circuit (IC2605, IC2606, and IC2608) mounted on the K-Board monitors the audio amplifier outputs (speaker lines) for a shorted condition or for the presents of any DC voltage level If either of these conditions is detected the protection alerts the DE microprocessor of the failure and a 7X flash pattern on the Standby/Power LED will occur.

page: 71
Troubleshooting Flowchart
7xFlash Pattern (Audio Output)

Remove K-board
does unit still shut off (7 flash ?)
No: Replace K-board
Yes: Replace SU/D SU Assembly

So uplug wires going to K-board (if A3000 has the K-board, if not try unplug A-board) first and see if your KDS is working now. Mayby K-board (A-board) has old and used capacitors ? - so repair should be easy.

Try find KDS A3000 training manual first.
Philip Klein's Avatar Philip Klein 09:50 AM 11-21-2014
I have the KDS A3000 service manual. Is the training manual is something different?

- Phil

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Other models have different flashes to the same problems, but diagnostics should be the same.

From: http://www.eskimo.com/~riffraff/imag...ing_Manual.pdf

. . . .

Try find KDS A3000 training manual first.

Kxtr73's Avatar Kxtr73 10:25 AM 11-21-2014
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I have the KDS A3000 service manual. Is the training manual is something different?- Phil
Look at link in my post: training manual is much wider then service manual - is about how to diagnose and fix a problem too.
Philip Klein's Avatar Philip Klein 10:29 AM 11-21-2014
Did a search for the KDS A3000 training manual but couldn't find it. Any suggestions on where to look?

- Phil

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Look at link in my post: training manual is much wider then service manual - is about how to diagnose and fix a problem too.

Kxtr73's Avatar Kxtr73 10:40 AM 11-21-2014
No, but training about KDS a2000 is very informative about audio problem fix and is telling about A1-Board - page56. Read it. Mayby it is similar to A3000.

http://elektrotanya.com/sony_kds-50a.../download.html

wait some time to change from:
"This file is downloadable free of charge. ...processing"

to:
"This file is downloadable free of charge. ...Get manual"
trevrox 10:28 PM 11-28-2014
Hey everyone, new to the forum here.

My dad recently gave me his old Sony Bravia KDS-55A3000, which he's had for a few years. I just got it set up yesterday and it's a great TV, love it. But last night I started having problems.

The first thing I did was watch the most recent Homeland and I really didn't notice any problems. I thought it looked fantastic. A few hours later I planned on having a Dark Knight marathon now that I have a much nicer TV, but when I popped in Batman Begins I started noticing a really weird color issue on the TV. The right side of the screen has very light blue and green bars. They were very noticeable during the movie, so I find it very hard to believe I didn't notice it during Homeland. I'm racking my brain trying to remember anything I could have done between the two to **** up the TV. But I also noticed a spot closer to the middle of the screen... I've tried cleaning the screen several times using a microfiber cloth and no luck. Not sure how well you can tell in these pictures, but:
Spoiler!


A couple hours ago I put the same episode of Homeland on that I watched yesterday and can definitely still see the blue and green. So much so that I simply don't believe I watched the show for an hour yesterday without noticing it, it's pretty distracting. Which makes me think I may have done something since? Unless I was so excited about having a new TV I didn't even notice the problem with it.

Does anyone have any ideas for me to try and solve these issues? I'm looking in to Geek Squad Home Repair but if I can find and solve the problem on my own without spending $79 to have a professional look at it that is my preferred choice. Any suggestions are highly appreciated.
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