Today (Sunday 1/7/07) my wife turned on our Sammy HL-R6168W and all at once it started making a rattling noise and the picture image was flickering on and off. She brought me into the room and I thought....UH OH. This looks like an issue with the color wheel or the LE.
So I turned off the TV and waited a minute or two. Then after turning it back on, the lamp and everything fired up normally - EXCEPT that there was now a 1.25" shadow on the right side of the screen edge. It runs very slightly diagonal from about 1"-1.25" at the top right corner to almost non-existent at the bottom right corner.
Is this the start of the infamous shadow problem??
Was that rattle sound from a mirror in the light tunnel rubbing against something and coming loose or coming loose and then rubbing against something?
Or does this sound like another problem in the LE??
Also what would you suggest? Go ahead and place a call NOW to have it fixed (with the current backlog on LE's)???
I purchased my 6168 as part of a TVAuthority.com power-buy back in August of 2005. Of course the Sammy 1 year warranty ran out in Aug 2006. But I did buy it on a VISA card that extends the manufacturers warranty by an additional year. So I'm covered till Aug 2007.