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I have the exact same problem with same symptoms. It was purchased from Target during their Black Friday sale in December, 2006. In 2007 I had the mainboard replaced under in home warranty to correct the static electricity pop that many people experienced. Then in early 2009 the digital tuner not working problem started. At first I could power off the set completely and upon repowering up it would work again for a while, but for the last few months nothing would get it working again, and yes I tried the "Bright Room" suggested elsewhere. I purchased a DVD recorder with a builtin NTSC/ATSC/Qam tuner (Panasonic DmR-EZ28) for $230 and hooked it up via the Composite jacks (HDMI would work also) and all now works, although the channel up/down function is quite slow. I was under the impression that the 537H came with a 3yr warranty (1 yr in home, 2 additional years parts) but when I contacted tech support to get a new mainboard sent out, discovered that the original Syntax Brillian company went bankrupt and service is now being handled by a company who says only 1 year warranty on all Olevia HDTVs. Replacement by them in your home is $318 and only a 90 day warranty on the service. Only other option that I can think of is use a cable or directTV settop box interface and connect it via HDMI.
If anyone can find the original warranty with the 1yr/3yr wording, I'd try going back to the retailer and get them to stand by that and send out a new main board, else if the cable or satelite settop box won't work for you keep looking for a remote tuner similar to the panasonic's functions without the dvd recording if you don't want that. Some of the new converter boxes that are almost free with the $40 government cuopons might work if they have the composite as well as the rf output, but will only detect ATSC not QAM and you'd have to experiment with getting the proper aspect ratio using the Olevia's remote's Aspect control.
Posted on Jul 10, 2009
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