Originally Posted by TimothyB
Hi everyone, been a while since I posted in this thread.
I sold my 65HM167 to my dad a while back when a bought a Panasonic 58" VT25 almost 2 years ago.
Months back the bulb blew, its first bulb. It was shattered inside it, but contained by the cover glass. No other issues with TV as far as I know during the year he had it. He didn't like Toshiba's bulb replacement price and their no return policy, so he bought cheap bulbs from Amazon, twice. Big mistake, both never worked in the tv. You could tell they were bad knock offs, plus bulbs weren't even sealed as it had openings to the side of the glass cover. That's very bad considered how the real bulb died by exploding inside and contained by the glass.
With that, he gave up and started looking at new Plasmas in the $1000 range rather than pay Toshiba $280 for something that might not work or break again. Now the Toshiba is sitting in a back room collecting dust and he doesn't want it at this point, taking up space. I'm not sure I have room for the set anywhere, and I don't want to risk the money at this point to replace the bulb at Toshiba's price. I'll have to talk to him about giving it away maybe.
Though, what's this ShopJimmy I hear you guys mention for the chip replacement. They also have the bulb really cheap.
Has anyone ordered their replacement bulb and actually work with this set? What's their return policy if it doesn't?
ShopJimmy in an online site that sells, among other things, the DLP replacement chip to fix a black and white dot screen problem that occurs with these sets as they get older.
Here's the web site: http://www.shopjimmy.com/samsung-mitsubishi-toshiba-4719-001997-dlp-chip.htm
As to your bulb issue, everyone here seems to recommend Toshiba branded bulbs or Phoenix branded bulbs since they were the OEM manufacturer for Toshiba. I elected not to purchase the ShopJimmy bulb because their Toshiba branded bulb was out of stock and the $60 one was a generic. I just ordered, after some research, a Phoenix bulb from Newegg here:
Haven't received it yet but I trust Newegg and their subsidiaries. A new bulb in these sets brings the picture back to like-new condition, if you don't have other issues like dust on the internal lens.