Quote:Update: The tech came out today with parts for pretty much a whole new TV, lol. He said since it's a three hour drive to me, he may as well not have to make it more than once. I guess he's been doing this often to have that sort of rotating inventory of spares on hand, and he's certainly said this isn't the first of these sets he's had to fix. Anyway, it's fixed...and it is amazing how much brightness has been restored. At the same time, it's really worrisome. I figure, I've had the set for about two years, and my guess is that the unit he replaced is a hell of a lot more expensive than a new bulb...so...yeah, after another two years it'll probably be just as dim and then I won't get another replacement. I'm going to have to be on the ball right around the four year mark (two years from now) before my warranty expires to make sure this thing gets one more re-up, or be ready to buy a new set.... Frustrating -- maybe I should have just went with the bulb based set, ugh!
That said, he basically replaced the "light engine" (which is the part that contains the DMD device and the mirrors) and the "light generator" which has the lasers. I have no idea why he'd replace the light engine, and I knew once he started to replace it that it wasn't going to help, but I let him do it anyway because I may as well have a closer to new set. When it didn't work, he replaced the light generator, which, not surprisingly, restored all the light output and stopped all the "pulsing".
He also mentioned the white dots problem, which he's seen before, and has said it is an issue with the DMD device. He said the DMD can be ordered and replaced separately from the entire light engine. However, since I have a new one, hopefully I won't be seeing that.
So...that's the skinny -- the set is restored to "like new" conditions. It may even be a little brighter than it was new...but my visual memory is way off from two years ago, lol. Thank deity for extended warranty coverage.