Originally Posted by Kevin R. Anderson
Hey Aaron -- Glad you were successful. Can you say what the new colorwheel cost and how long it took you to do the replacement? Was getting the focus and geometry very difficult?
It was $113 for the part plus another $6 for the shipping. I got it from Herman Electronics which was mentioned much earlier in this thread. It looked like it was going to be cheaper from Samsung Parts, but they tacked on a shipping charge and a handling charge. The handling charge put me off and it made it a little more expensive in the long run, so I decided to boycott that site.
I think it took me somewhere between 2 and 3 hours. I had lunch in the middle of it, and spent a while trying to find a tiny screwdriver and pliers to try to get that little white connector out. So it really isn't all that bad. Just keep good track of the screws you take out, and the wires you unplug in the process. The instructions on that link I gave earlier were pretty good. The only thing that I would do different is reuse the white/white/blue cable from the older color wheel. I was afraid to do that this time, because you have to break part of the connector off, but after seeing which part breaks off, it is a non-issue.
The other somewhat tricky part was getting the foam to go back over the lense. I had my hands at an awkward angle and ended up touching the lense. It was dusty anyway, so this forced me to go get a microfibre cloth and clean the thing.
As far as focus and geometry go, I didn't have to do a thing. I am not really sure what you could mess up in the process that would cause you to have to change this. Everything either gets plugged back in, screwed in, or pushed in along a track. I know you have mentioned in previous posts about the potential for things getting misaligned, and this was one of the things I was worried about, but there were no issues during the process.
I came pretty close to giving this set away when the whining started again. But this fix was so cheap and easy enough, that even if this color wheel goes bad, I won't mind replacing it again.