Originally Posted by liquidsense
My power supply just went out too, or so I suspect. People further up in this thread have mentioned tvparts4less, but the one guy who went there said he got another PSU that was itself faulty (or another fault in his TV caused the new PSU to short). I've seen several listings on eBay where you send in your faulty board and they diagnose whether they can fix it and, if so, fix it and send it back to you. If they can't fix it, you only pay for shipping. Has anyone tried that method?
Well, I actually just got home last night and installed my refurb power supply from TVPARTS4LESS - funny you should mention them - and my TV is working again.
I called TVPARTS4LESS in San Antonio TX and the same guy answered the phone twice and was easy to speak with and checked inventory for me, had 2 available to ship instant and had another 4 awaiting inspection. I went ahead and ordered, received board in good packaged container, upon removal it did have an odor of "burnt electronics" and I believe I can see the location of the repair as the back side has a large glob of "electronics glue" on it to a specific place.
Time will tell how long this board lasts. Funny thing is, my wifi went out about a year ago and it never bothered me as I never used smart features on the TV but every now and then I would think to update firmware only to be reminded the wifi would not connect. Now thinking to replace this part and I see people complaining that it went from revision A, to B, to C and to have claimed that a faulty wifi module was causing power switching. SOB - if this thing caused a PSU failure over time, then I really want to kick Samsung's rear for giving me the cold shoulder on warranty service.
Anyways, I considered the ebay services to repair send in, called a couple of them, and I'm even located in So. Cal and 2 were within an hours drive, but still decided on TVPARTS4LESS because they have a stronger online presence, appeared to have more inventory (as far as 90 day warranty goes) and had a board ready to ship out where as the repair service could not guarantee fixing my failed board which had a visible scorch and burn mark rear-side.
I just ordered a wifi module B today as well. What a money suck, hoping a firmware update doesn't brick my TV as others have complained as well when I get this all put together. GOOD GRIEF
Anybody want to give me reassurance that a firmware update is OK TO DO - I see people complaining about slowed smart hub and pop-up advertising. This all gives me pause.