If you listen VERY close (because I used crappy iPhone instead of the REAL video camera!) you'll hear the initial power on "click" follwed by the start-up melody, then see the light "TRY" to ignite, but then fail. Then the fans are ALWAYS spinning. All 3 of them, even though only 2 are visible here. Then, it repeats, all of this in 1 minute video.
Samsung signed a Capacitor Settlement Agreement March 2, 2012 and it allows 18 months from that date to file a claim. If you have one of the covered sets that was manufactured prior to December 31, 2008 and are in the US you are covered by the settlement. The settlement allowed for repair, reimbursement, or $300 for the old set. The replacement boards are no longer available for DLPs so Samsung has been offering out of warranty exchange with a fee to DLP owners covered by the settlement. I do not have any information that this extends to LCD and Plasma models covered by the agreement. It may or may not.
Bad capacitors may be causing problems that you have not noticed. To file a claim, you do not have to have a problem only swollen capacitors and maybe not even that according to a reading of the agreement by someone more versed in it than I am.
I do not know if the forums for other covered sets have the information that I have posted here. I do not have time to investigate or spread the word. Hopefully, others will do that while there is still time to file a claim.
Ehhh... I looked at the listed models associated with the suit with Samsung. And the DLP I'm having troubles with is HL61A650C. (Even though I listed it as a 51" in a previous post!) This class action suit doesn't apply to the 2008 650C models.
Talk about futher resurrecting an old thread- I have a Panasonic CRT - can't even find a date or model # on it - has to be on the back of the TV somewhere (it's inside a really heavy entertainment center so just haven't dug around enough back there to locate a number yet). I'm thinking at least 20 years old. Worked great until just last night when the picture had some lines in it - figured some sort of outside interference but then it got worse. Sometimes no picture at all, other times very scrambled even to the point of there only being a very small "picture" (if you could even describe it as such). Now...if I hit it almost anywhere near the back - it usually straightens out and is fine again. After a few good whacks (the old "percussive maintenance"!) it worked fine the rest of the evening. So, without going into my propensity to try and fix and hang on to older appliances, etc., is it worth it to explore this further? The voltages inside these things are a bit scary so at the most all I'd probably be willing to do is open up the back (no idea how to even do that as of yet) and maybe look for anything loose, blow out some dirt with an a/c? Any suggestions...or...of course buy a new smart tv. Problem is that I'd be looking for 26-27". It seems like the industry has gotten away from that - you either buy 24 or 32. Not enough room in the cabinet for 32 and 24 is just a bit small for the space I have available in the cabinet.
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