Question about RCA HD52W59 HDTV Projection Television
I'm retired on a fixed income and need to find out if it's worth fixing, I've presumed it isn't.
Short story, quick question is... is there a list of error codes available for this television?
Here's the long story, with every detail I can think of, if anyone with knowledge is willing to plow through it...
All of this happened about a year ago. To my best recollection...
The RCA television above had been used for approximately 18 months, daily, including frequently with computer through DVI connection for primarily downloaded videos. I did play flight simulator on it, but hadn't for over a year before the failure The television was used at the native 1080i resolution as ws the computer's video card.
The video card failed on the computer. The computer was not actively feeding the television but the DVI cable was physically connected.The card did smell burnt but was not visibly altered in any way. There was zero damage to the computer's mother board or its Sony monitor.
The television continued to work for several days, maybe a week, don't remember.
I had physically of course disconnected the DVI cable from the video card at the time of the card failure.
A few days later, an Error Message and some code came up, but by the time I realized what the bleep was going on, the message was gone, I hadn't written it down, the lamps were out and I've never gotten them to light since then.
The power light comes on the front panel of the tv comes on any time the power is connected. It does not blink, it stays on constantly. The front panel power button does work, as does the remote control power button.
I've had it disconnected for months between attempts at this point, but nothing changes, and the front panel power button lights the isntant I plug it in, but no picture.
There is no click when plugging in, but there is an audible click when buttons on remote are pushed. Tv does turn off and on with both front panel and remote power buttons.
The power button flickers rapidly with any button press on the remote control.
Reading of flyback transformer failures here, I have removed the back panel (out of warranty), and there is no smell and no visible signs of anything fried. The flyback visibly is as new.
I keep hoping it just needs a memory reset or something... but have seen no mention anywhere of that being possible.
Even the error codes might help, I think if I saw them listed I'd remember which one it was. It mentioned the DVI port, but I don't remember the rest.
Sorry for the novel length post, but I've tried to anticipate the relevant questions and issues.
This does sound like it could be an IHVT (Integrated High Voltage Transformer "flyback") problem. I have some questions to ask.
1) When you try to turn the TV on do you see the CRTs filaments light up? (These are the heaters that heat up the cathodes of the CRTs to allow for the creation of the electron beam)
2) Do you have any high voltage on the CRTs anode? (you will have to check this with a high voltage probe)
3) Did you see any puffy or exploded capacitors?
4) Did you smell and burnt components?
Please answer these questions, they will help me have some idea of what is going on.
I hope this helps,
Posted on Sep 28, 2008
SOURCE: Service Manual
You can get the service manual emailed to you at the following link. The manual is listed under Thomson the ITC222 chassis is a thomson which is RCA It cost 12.99 but they provide free on line tech support to help you with your diagnosis and repair and they also sell parts with free installation instructions.
Posted on Apr 13, 2008
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