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post #6421 of 6625
I have D* installed at my house but still have basic cable service, too. The HD D* box is hooked up to Digital Input 1, and I have the cable coming in directly into the TV into the UHF / VHF 75 ohm input. I receive basic cable stations fine (2-99), but can't tune into the 4 digital HD channel that are currently not scrambled.

I know they are available; I get them on another TV in the house. I try to tune into channel 3-1; the TV won't go there. I did an Auto Tune, setting the In Analog to Cable, and In Digital to Digital Cable. I also tried ATSC for In Digital with no better result.

Anyone have any ideas?
post #6422 of 6625
The digital and analog tuners have separate coax inputs. You need to hook your cable feed up to both using a splitter.
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post #6425 of 6625
As of last year, there were no screens available. I doubt there are any available now.
post #6426 of 6625
My second lamp bulb blew out tonight. No complaints here - each bulb lasted a long time, and I already had a spare for just such an occasion. My TV is on for 8+ hours every day. I hadn't really noticed that the picture had darkened until I put in a new bulb and saw how bright it was.

My blue power light and orange bulb light were blinking simultaneously, and it wasn't clearly indicated in the User's Manual that it might be a blown bulb. My TV is an HD-61FN97 and the replacement bulb is a TS-CL110U from JVC.

Pete
post #6427 of 6625
There is a button on the left upper area of the remote " D/A " ,I believe it is labeled (for digital/analog), push it and tune your station!
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i have a jvc hd-70fh97 and i have replaced the light engine but i messed up my screen and I am looking to buy a parts tv, either a FH or a FN model
email me at pigeault@hotmail if you can help me
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post #6431 of 6625
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Originally Posted by jedclampit View Post

I have this set and it has developed the yellow tints all over the picture. I have a Mack warranty that is about to expire and I purchased it with my AMEX card. What is Mack doing in terms of repair and or should I wait for the amex warranty to take over??

Mack will low ball you with an offer. I doubt very seriously they will offer to fix it if it is a light engine issue. For a 56fn97 they offered a $1000 and I could keep the tv. Fortunately, my issue is a spot within the screen that is annoying but I can still enjoy the tv. I pushed them and they went all the way up to $1100. You really have to stay on them as well, but eventually they paid.

How that compares to AMEX, I don't have any insight. Perhaps you could contact AMEX and they could give you some idea. I would hope AMEX would do better than Mack for you.
post #6432 of 6625
I've had an extended warranty on my 61fn97 for the past four years which ends on 12/10/10. I just decided to renew it for a year. I got it through best buy and they only let you renew once. Wish I could have afforded the two year renewal. Oh well. The only problem I've had with the television is the ballast board going bad. This has been one of the best televisions I've ever had. Hopefully I can squeeze another four years or more out of it. Hopefully any major problems happen in the next year.
post #6433 of 6625
Would anyone wanna sell me there ballast out of there non-working tv?
QAL0883-001 is the part number.. You can shoot me an email
hotrod_19762000@yahoo.com or call/text (580)304-1495
post #6434 of 6625
I've replaced my JVC with a new Sony 55ex710. Sad to see it go, but the 4 year Best Buy warranty was running out and I had them come to replace a bad HDMI port. They wouldn't fix it but did give me a great prorated price for it to apply to the new TV.

Thanks for the memories...the JVC was a great TV.
post #6435 of 6625
Had my JVC for about three years and have had no problems with it - only replaced the lamp and cleaned the lens inside once. Last week I noticed the screen seemed to be dim in an area above/left of center. I replaced the lamp and cleaned the lens yesterday.

Last night I realized the dim area was really failing to display blue colors, changing any blue image that was in this area to a green color. Watching the Boise State football game last night was awful - players wearing blue uniforms running across the screen would go from blue to green and back to blue! Now this part of the TV is the only thing I look at.

I keep reading about the yellow blob - is my description above the same thing or is this solved elsewhere? The other messages indicate a bad light engine and possibly not worth repairing (out of warranty) Any advice is helpful - my first HD purchase that was thrilling is now a disappointment.
post #6436 of 6625
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Originally Posted by ScooterMac View Post

Had my JVC for about three years and have had no problems with it - only replaced the lamp and cleaned the lens inside once. Last week I noticed the screen seemed to be dim in an area above/left of center. I replaced the lamp and cleaned the lens yesterday.

Last night I realized the dim area was really failing to display blue colors, changing any blue image that was in this area to a green color. Watching the Boise State football game last night was awful - players wearing blue uniforms running across the screen would go from blue to green and back to blue! Now this part of the TV is the only thing I look at.

I keep reading about the yellow blob - is my description above the same thing or is this solved elsewhere? The other messages indicate a bad light engine and possibly not worth repairing (out of warranty) Any advice is helpful - my first HD purchase that was thrilling is now a disappointment.

Sorry Scooter, looks like you do have a bad light engine. I had mine switched out 4 times while it was under the 1 yr manufacturer warranty, so I know exactly how you feel.. that dead spot is exactly where your eye will want to go, it drives me nuts.

Lucky for me, the last LE I got has held up pretty well. While its not perfect, there aren't any major 'dead' type spots on the tv, but there are a few where its creeping in. I've just resigned myself to the fact that in the near future the TV will be useless, and I'll need to replace it.
post #6437 of 6625
So if my light engine is failing, how difficult is it for someone "handy" to replace it themselves? I would put an upper limit of about $500 to get this fixed and I have found some refurbished light engines for about $300-$400, leaving little room for an actual service tech to install.

I also read another thread from someone who fixed their light engine, piece by piece. Is it realistic to find these parts anymore?
post #6438 of 6625
Damn. Lost my second bulb today--what lousy timing. I'm gonna scan backwards for replacement recommendations but if anyone want to chime in, I'd appreciate it. The one I'm using now was installed in July 09 and went out with a loud pop.
post #6439 of 6625
Hi all long time lurker. Maybe a dumb question so please forgive the offense if there is any. Why was/is there no class action lawsuit against JVC for the "greenblob" problem. It's definitely a design flaw. I have the samsung Hlp-5685w that I bought in 2004 with 25000 hours+ and still going strong. Bought the JVC around September of 2006 for around $2800 and I have to say it was a bad investment as it only has 5200 hours on it and it all ready has the "yellow/green" blob. I feel like I was robbed since there has been no response buy JVC, no lasting fix, and no EQUAL DLP replacement.

PISS OFF BUT FEEL MORE LIKE PISSED ON: Menace
post #6440 of 6625
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Originally Posted by menace2society View Post

...Why was/is there no class action lawsuit against JVC for the "greenblob" problem. ...

This topic comes up periodically. There's 2 main reasons why not. First, the tactical difficulty of establishing percentages of failure and corporate liability for products whose warrentees are long over. Second and probably more important, most people feel that for issues as trivial as a TV, all these actions do is make wealthy lawyers even richer. But if that's what you want to do, be my guest.
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Originally Posted by davegow View Post

This topic comes up periodically. There's 2 main reasons why not. First, the tactical difficulty of establishing percentages of failure and corporate liability for products whose warrentees are long over. Second and probably more important, most people feel that for issues as trivial as a TV, all these actions do is make wealthy lawyers even richer. But if that's what you want to do, be my guest.

First, thank you for the reply I don't care who gets rich, if I did, I could never buy anything, lawyers, like any other business man simply provide a service, of which under the right circumstances, I'm quite sure you would not hesitate to avail yourself of. The only reason I ask is because of the whole Sony thing http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1254481, although we may never recuperate our losses, public light needs to be shed on this situation. If the publicity that the suit would draw caused any fiscal harm, then that in it's self is a small victory. I think it's pretty sad when my toaster and my $3000 tv carry the same warranty

Best Regards; Menace
post #6442 of 6625
Where is everyone buying their replacement bulbs these days ? I have replaced mine once in 3 years but it's due for a new one. Also, do you need to clean inside the set periodically, all I've ever done is replace the bulb ?
post #6443 of 6625
I just put in lamp #3 from discount-merchants. Not the cheapest available but I'm happy. I'm just glad that I've gone through two lamps with nary a sign of the yellow blob. My set is on for an average of 10 hours a day.
post #6444 of 6625
Let me say that if there is a suit , I will get in the line to pursue it. A three grand investment should yield more than 3-4 years of service without a 1700 dollar repair!
post #6445 of 6625
I have a 4 year old HD-61FN97, on my second light engine, soon to be replacing the bulb for the second time, and yes, I have the yellow blob over much of the screen. I was wondering how to access the service menu to see if I could make any adjustments that might improve the picture.
post #6446 of 6625
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Originally Posted by mac2930 View Post

I have a 4 year old HD-61FN97, on my second light engine, soon to be replacing the bulb for the second time, and yes, I have the yellow blob over much of the screen. I was wondering how to access the service menu to see if I could make any adjustments that might improve the picture.

I'm sorry to here about your troubles. With all the stories like this one as well as my own I think there has to be some liability on JVC part.
post #6447 of 6625
While everyone talks about the "black levels" in their TVs, I haven't seen anything truly white on mine for quite some time. I used to have a lot of faith in JVC products, but no more. An appliance as expensive as these TVs should last a lot longer than 6 months, which is about how long each of the light engines lasted. For as widespread as this problem is, JVC should offer some recourse. I, for one am no longer a JVC customer, and anyone reading this post should strongly reconsider buying any JVC products
post #6448 of 6625
Would replacing the bulb just make the discoloration more noticable? At this time I am only noticing a slight dimming of the picture (aside from the yellow blob) but the bulb is nearing the end of its service life. I wouldn't want to spend the money only to make the picture worse!
post #6449 of 6625
I have a 61-FN97 and when I turned it on today, the TV has a strong red tint to it. Anyone have any thoughts as to what this could be? It happens on all inputs, so I can say with 100% certainty that it is not source related.
post #6450 of 6625
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Originally Posted by mac2930 View Post
While everyone talks about the "black levels" in their TVs, I haven't seen anything truly white on mine for quite some time. I used to have a lot of faith in JVC products, but no more. An appliance as expensive as these TVs should last a lot longer than 6 months, which is about how long each of the light engines lasted. For as widespread as this problem is, JVC should offer some recourse. I, for one am no longer a JVC customer, and anyone reading this post should strongly reconsider buying any JVC products

I guess most of the people who bought this TV have no problem with what they have recieved for their money. I, like yourself will never buy a JVC product again and I will do my very best to make sure that no one I know buys any either.
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Regards: Menace
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