I guess with a thread this long, you can't expect everybody to really get down in the trenches with me, read all the pages and thus automatically know what to do. So I will have to keep repeating myself, as the weeks and months go by. That's OK, I'll do whatever it takes to keep as many of these great sets alive as I can.
STOP USING YOUR SET NOW, even if it is turned on right now. The next intermittent could send a lethal spike down the lines, killing a board downline from the PS board. It could be only a minute away.
SEND ME THE PS BOARD. I will do the comprehensive resoldering job I do, and your set will last and last from then on without any further eruptions of questionable behavior. I restore the board to its original efficacy of 100%, and I never get them back weeks, months or years later because more of the soldering has now let go again somewhere new on the board, as is the case when the typical non-comprehensive job of other techs gets done. I do it all, and you never have to worry about it again.
And if done promptly as soon as you have even one intermittent event happen, and if the board is sent with the set working when you first turn it on and doesn't have any problems till it warms up, I can all but guaranty you I can fully restore your set for you.
Phone me and/or send me an email at my regular email addy in my sig, and I'll fire back all the info you need to know about how I work this. How much it costs - here's a hint, it's cheaper than getting a new board from Pioneer and and it keeps all your original voltages, which your display was originally set up on, preserving their high precision - where to send it, how to pack it, how to remove and re-install it... It's all there, as it has been for literally dozens of boards so far, which are even now as we speak performing marvelously for their owners, who are now no longer apprehensive about what to do about it.
I was just in Albuquerque a few weeks ago, sorry you didn't know about that so I coulda included you in that trip. But I would love to go back again, so form that cal tour and I will come.
Till then keep sending me the boards and I will keep cranking them out and back to you, properly soldered from then on, as I have been doing for owners across the continent for several years now. And I will stay available for phone coaching on optics cleaning. I will also stay available for cleaning and calibrating your sets on location, remedying the dimness that has crept into them all, rebalancing your usually now slewed grayscales, doing overscan reductions and tightening up your focusing, geometry and convergence, and just generally producing for you some of the best video images available.
All resulting in pix like the ones on page 45 of this thread, pix of the results of my MN tour of earlier this year.
Together we will save more and more of these great sets, which even if they hadn't cost an arm and a leg - which of course they did - are also still capable of delivering some of the finest HD viewing available. They are only at cruising age right now, there's ABSOLUTELY no need to toss them and buy new.
See page 45 of this thread to find photo evidence of that.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...402397&page=45