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Dim screen. I just received this television from a friend of mine. He was going to junk it, so I gave him $25 instead. Ok so the screen works but it is very dim. I have googled the problem and have come up with three distinct possibilities. They are the bulb, the ballast, and or the color wheel. Ok, so when I turn on the television the lamp light flashes green about five times as the t.v. turns on. Not sure how much more information I can give as it is just the screen is very dim. I would like to try to fix this the first time instead of purchasing the wrong part and then going back and getting the other parts just for the last part to the fix. Any ideas. Thanks!!

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    drakon112 Feb 24, 2012

    Guess I should have posted that I had already tried all brightness, contrast, etc options. Turning the brightness up to 100 from my friends default 80 showed little to no change at all. Thanks for the quick response.

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    drakon112 Feb 27, 2012

    I will also add that there is a loud humming from the tv also when turned on. I am not sure if this is normal or not as I have no previous knowledge of this tv. My friend says if you tap on the side of the tv the sound will go away, however I haven't tried this to find out.

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Hit the menu button and go to setting and look for brightness. might fix the problem

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