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Noise & vibration

A very loud and pronounced vibration and noise at turn on. If left on for 15 seconds or more a burned odor is detected. The burned odor is that of an overheated transformer. As I remember from my TV repairing days.

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Sounds like Magnetron MAY have shorted or an HV rectifier shorted.

Also there is a resonating cap for the current limiting trnansformer typically. That may have shorted.

Repair shop is in order.

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