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TV shuts itself off

My 4 yr old Samsung HLP5063 usually shuts itself off after about 30 minutes and the lamp light flashes. Once the light stops flashing the tv can be turned back on but will turn back off after only a few minutes. What needs replacement?

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  • Bhoffman701 Mar 15, 2009

    My Samsung HLP 5063w turns itself off. It will go back on but turns itself back off a few minutes later. This usually stops after the third turn off. Any idea what is wrong?

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Something is overheating or you've got leaking capacitors somewhere. I'd start with the ballast board. Its directly underneath the lamp housing. You can access and remove it through the lamp door. Replace that and if that doesn't solve the problem, comment again, and we'll move on to more complicated repairs. You haven't noticed any weird noises, humming, screeching or similar oddities from the set? Turn the set on with the lamp door open and bypass the switch with a piece of tape, if you hear something like a hum, you may have a bad color wheel motor.

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    Ensure that the TV is off. It may be advisable to unplug the TV as well.
    2 Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the single screw affixing the lamp cover (the small, grill panel on the back of the set) to the chasis. There is also a grill that is held in place by tension. Just "pinch" the thumb clamp on the bottom of the grill and slide it out. This is the same procedure you would perform to change the lamp, except in this case you will not need to remove the lamp itself.
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