Hi everyone, this is my first post in this forum!
I have had the HL61A650 for 4 years now and loved it, but have recently come into some problems with my unit. I had approx. 16k hours on my factory bulb when it finally blew. I ordered a replacement, and good as new. That is until a friend thought he knew what he was doing in the service menu and changed my lamp sync to something other than what the factory default was. That immediately blew the ballast, so I ordered a replacement. After installation the TV worked, but the picture got progressively darker the closer it was to the left edge of the screen, not a huge amount of difference, but just enough to really bother me while watching TV/movies. I was wondering if there was aproblem that would cause this issue. It isn't the dark bar from the light tunnel collapsing, it looks different from that. Very bright on the right edge, and slightly dark on the left, somewhat like this picture if all that was displayed was a grey image, although the effect was not quite as dramatic..
After noticing the problem I figured "Okay, lets reset the sync back to factory default", as soon as I powered on the TV going into the service menu, BAM, blew the ballast again. So, ordering another ballast, once I get it in if I am having this issue still I will post a pic in here for you guys to look at.
Thanks in advance for any help!Edited by Ctullu - 1/6/13 at 2:07am