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Samsung DLP TV HL50A650 switches on and off

I have a Samsung DLP TV (Model HL50A650).
When I plug it in it switches on by itself and after about 5 seconds, shuts off. It keeps turning itself on and off until I unplug it. It made a burning smell when it first happened too. The LED lights which are supposed to diagnose the problem are doing what they normally do when the TV is switched on and off so they are not much help.
I live in the Caribbean and Samsung have been very unhelpful! Do you have any idea what the problem could be and whether someone (who is a competent electrician) could fix it without the help of a Samsung tech?

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  • lucyschofiel Oct 01, 2009

    I ordered it from the States and have it plugged into a 110V supply, with a surge protection adapter. I am not based in Europe, although that is what my e-mail suggests!
    When I have read other people with similar problems, they had to change the capacitor or mother board. Could this be the problem?

  • lucyschofiel Oct 01, 2009

    So is this fairly easy to fix??
    I don't have the option of going to a Samsung tech to repair it, but we have competent electricians who know what they are doing.
    Sorry to ask so many questions, thank you very much for your time.

  • lucyschofiel Oct 01, 2009

    That's not what I wanted to hear! Thanks for all your help though.

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More than likely, the power level is too high for the TV. Make sure the votage switch on the back of the set matches what you are plugging into. For Example, in the US the set needs to be set to 110v, Europe is 220v. If you're getting a burning smell, it might be too late. That tells me that the amount of volts to the TV is greater than what the set is expecting.

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  • Mark Lee Oct 01, 2009

    yes this could be the problem, before I did that, I would throw a voltage tester on the wall and see what the voltage coming out of the wall is. The smell is either a capacitor, or a transformer that is getting too hot. Again, the issue is related to voltage, and the set is receiving more than what it wants.

  • Mark Lee Oct 01, 2009

    No worries about the questions, and no it's not an easy repair.

  • Mark Lee Oct 01, 2009

    Sorry. typically when a capacitor blows. Everythings stops. So I'm still leaning towards the voltage to the set. I'm not familiar with the voltage in the Caribean, so I'm not sure if it's 110. the other thing that would cause this would be not enough voltage. e.g. a brown out, depending on the sophistication of your surge protector, it would warn for a brown out condition. Fell the surface of the surge protector near the switch or where the cord comes out to plug into the wall. It shouldn't be warm at all. temperature indicates either an over or under voltage issue.

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