Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: West Chester, PA
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So here's the follow-up on my problem. If you recall, I had the classic symptoms of a failed bulb, four months after having replaced the last one. I thought maybe the bulb wasn't the problem because to the eye, it looked intact, not at all like previous times the bulb had blown and looked shattered.
I ended up getting the ballast kit and replacing most of the components (except the pesky transistor). That didn't help. So I then returned the bulb for a warranty replacement. The bulb was a bare bulb, without the enclosure, which I had purchased from bluestar-online.com. They were pretty nice about not giving me a hassle about replacement (although it took a while for their warehouse to actually do it).
I got the new bulb, replaced it, and voila, the tv worked again! That was Thursday last week. We've been using the tv pretty heavily because of the Olympics, and the tv's been working fine. Turned it off last night. This morning, we turned it on and it's back to the blinking red led!!!! I looked at the bulb and it _looks_ ok.
I don't know what to do -- is it likely that there's something in the power supply that's frying the bulbs without shattering them? Or am I getting bad bulbs? What should I do??? The local repair shop said it would be a minimum of $600 to fix if it was something like the ballast. That's almost half the price of a new LCD tv.
Please, does anyone have any advice on how I should proceed?