20 Most Recent RCA HD50LPW42 50" Rear Projection HDTV Questions & Answers

You may have a bad color wheel.
Color wheels for RCA are not cheap or easy to find.
part# 212184

Good luck



RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Apr 22, 2012

It sounds like the Main board.
Nour Sabre

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Dec 05, 2011

I would check the lamp first.
Do you see any blinking LED on the front panel?

Nour Sabre

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Dec 05, 2011

Are you using a cable, HDMI or component source?

Nour Sabre

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Dec 05, 2011

If the TV shuts down then, it could be the color wheel. If you hear a grinding noise that's a color wheel problem.

Nour Sabre

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Dec 05, 2011

You may have two problems with your TV. This TV has a history of a color wheel issue, was making grinding noise? Have you ever changed the lamp?
It may be a bad color wheel and the lamp, you may want to do a visual inspection.
It is easy to replace the lamp but more likely the color wheel is the problem.
The part# for the color wheel is 212184, the part# for the lamp is 260962

Best of luck
Nour Sabre

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Nov 18, 2011

Remove the light engine module from the tv. I have added a video here which will help you to remove the old lamp from the module and to fix a new one. You need a philips screwdriver and a pair of pliers.


RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Sep 10, 2011

You can get it from projectorlampscanada . You will need to get just the lamp. The housing is not required

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Mar 04, 2011

Here ya go:


Much better longer life part. 80x80x25 mm 35 cfm with rotor lock wire. Connect the yellow to the blue wire on the tv, black to black red to red.

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Feb 10, 2011

Jameco has an equivalent fan that will work:


I ordered two, one for a spare. Connect the yellow wire that is on it to the blue wire that is on the TV/original wire. black to black, red to red.
The fan is a 80MMX80MMX25MM 31CFM. The above is a 36CFM plus has a longer life hydrodynamic bearing.

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Feb 10, 2011

This might help ,the Fix for Pink Picture on another Set was to replace the Formator Board and the DVI Cable .
Formator Board PN# 263247
DVI Cable PN# 263254
The way to Enter Service Menu for most RCA is to turn TV off, Then Press and Hold at same Time
CH- and Vol- wait untill TV turns on then release and Service Menu should come up.
Encompass Parts Distribution 1-800-638-3328 they might have the Parts you need.

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Jan 19, 2011

time to replace the bulbs

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Jan 15, 2011

Go to Menu see if it List Reset Factory settings.
Try with TV off/ Press and Hold ch- and vol- on TV.wait untill TV comes on release buttons and see if Service Menu comes up?

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Dec 16, 2010

I had a similar problem with my 42 in Philips LCD HDTV.

Here was the problem. My Power Supply Board had several bad capacitors. I opened my TV(warranty was expired ofcourse) and found four bulged capacitors. Many electronic companies were sold capacitors that failed in 2-5 yearsinstead of 10-20. The capacitors failprematurely due to a lack of preservatives. Unfortunately, they were installed in allsorts of devices. Here are some options . 1. 1.Have it fixed by a professional 2. 2.Dig into your TV, find PSB, Check for faultycaps. If you find some(bulged orleaking) bad caps replace the entire board 3. 3.Remove and then replace individual faultycaps. This takes some solderingskill. Caps are inexpensive and if you can take care of it yourselfit will save you hundreds.
Hope this helps

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Dec 10, 2010

when you unplug then plug in the set do you hear anything like a whining motor? When the sets is plug up the set goes through a "bootup" sequence. There is a motorized device called a color wheel. if this does not come on and reach speed the set will shut down. You can deduce that since the green light comes on that you power supply is getting to the processor then the processor then detects a problem then shuts down.

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Oct 22, 2010

Most DLP TVs have a color wheel. This allows the TV to be manufactured with a single chip to control the color for each spot on the screen and a white light source. As the wheel rotates, the desired color light gets transmitted to the screen. This happens so fast that most people do not see the screen refreshing each color.

Here is one source for a color wheel for your TV: http://chaparral.shopjimmy.com/catalog/product/view/id/200632/s/rca-color-wheel-212184/ . This is a part reclaimed from a TV that was damaged in shipping so it was only used during factory testing. The part number is RCA 212184.

Usually the symptom of a failing color wheel is the TV being very noisy on startup (a whining sound) followed by it shutting down. Although other problems can be involved - for example a power problem going into the assembly with the wheel (there is a motor that turns the wheel).

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Sep 30, 2010

Loud buzzing sound was color wheel going Bad.
Replace the Color Wheel Encompass Parts might have one 1-800-638-3328

RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Sep 18, 2010


The problem is likely a defective PSU, but the TV must be tested by a technician before replacing parts.

If the TV went in standby and does not wake up, but stays in standby with diagnostic light blinking, then the TV has on protect mode after detecting a malfunction.
When this happens higher voltages from PSU (this power supply operates at different voltages) are shut down to prevent further damage.

Before calling support ensure that you have followed the indications here:Why my TV does not start up and remains in standby.

Troubleshooting basically consists in leaving the TV unplugged to drain power completely and discharge internal circuits.

The best way to contact an authorized technician is by ringing the number listed on the owners manual. Alternatively try Fixya directory here:Fixya directory- Consumer Products Repair

Try first the troubleshooting proposed in link above. If that does not work, ring customer service.

Regarding the repair cost, this depends on the part that is defective. A common fault is the power supply, but as said this is not necessarily the problem.

For parts try Partstore.



RCA HD50LPW42... | Answered on Aug 14, 2010

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