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How to replace a broken projection TV mirror.

You were moving your projection TV and drop it, breaking the mirror.Where can you get a replacement and how do you remove and replace the bad mirror safely and properly?

First be aware that the mirror is delicate and removal and replacement should be done very carefully while wearing leather gloves and safety glasses.

Go to http://www.encompass.com to locate and order your mirror. They have good prices, availability and a great search engine. Now most service manuals are also available as a free pdf download. The service manual will help find the screws needed to be removed to complete the job, infact it should have a section devoted to procedure for mirror replacement. If encompass does not have the service manual, they have most but not all, I would recommend purchasing it at http://www.servicemanuals.net for about $16.00.

Installation is straight forward. Generally you have to remove the back top cover with the mirror attached. On some units the bottom rear must be removed prior to removing the top. Requires removing alot of screws. There could also be some screws under the bezel on the front, below the screen. This varies from unit to unit and this is why the service manual is necessary for this job.

Remove the rear top section containing the mirror and lay it upside down on the floor. You should be looking at the mirror in the top rear section at this point. Remove the mirror hold in screws or clips. Again having the service manual makes this part easier. Remove the mirror being careful not to break it and cause a safety hazzard.

Install the new mirror, after cleaning with a soft cloth and a non-ammonia surface/glass cleaner such as Cinch or Windex.

While you have the unit apart you should clean the lenses and the rear of the screen.

I have a tip at http://www.fixya.com/support/r4690955-clean_lense_screen_in_projection_tv which will walk you through the process. This should complete the job.

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dropped my toshiba projection tv

If is fixable but only by a tv tech . The mirror demands much precision when being installed.

I would suggest talking with Frank Zabroski SR from Audio-Tronics (a highly recommend tv shop)
The shop number is 8566670616 They do not have a website or I would list it for you. Frank can give you great support and detailed answers

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TV has alittle dark haze,not bad,9inchs in from side,top to Bott

Probably the light tunnel. The tunnel is a square tube made up of 4 mirrors glued together.

It looks like this from the side: |_| (with a piece on top too.)
When the glue breaks down, it shifts inside the little mirror holder. The shifted mirrors looks like this /_/ what you are seeing is the shadow of the tilted mirror tunnel.
ON the RCA's there's not a good fix.

RCA's response:
"Ok, well sadly they do not offer the light tunnel anymore, which is what you need. Sadly you would be rendered to get a whole new light engine assembly. That would be the D.N.D module, light tunnel,color wheel,optic spanner, and oci. mirror. Your best bet would be to search ebay2_bing.gif for a broken engine and replace it that ways."

That is the ONLY response I got from them.

I took the set apart and found the 4 tiny mirrors. I will be attempting to epoxy them together. (The set is dead anyway, why not try?)

Feb 25, 2009 | RCA HD61LPW42 61" Rear Projection HDTV

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Glass or something behid the screen broke

Misha, I have bad news for you.

There is only one part behind that screen to break - a rather large mirror.

To verify:

Lay the TV down, face down, on a towel.
Remove the screw from the upper rar black plastic housing.
Lift straight off - you should see the mirror, or what is left of it, attached to the black plastic.

Sorry for your loss.

If you are interested in selling the ballast, let me know.

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How to remove the mirror casing

The mirror on this unit is fixed and there is not a method to drop the mirror.

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