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Bulb firing, won't stay on

Hello, I have been reading through all these problems and I think I either have a problem with the ballast or light engine.. not sure though. Can someone offer me some assistance?

When I do the system test I receive the error code of 34. I removed the cover from the back and when I turn on the TV I can see the bulb light up for about 5 seconds and then it turns off. The TV(fans) will stay on for about a minute and then the TV turns off and the Lamp Light will turn on and stay lit Yellow. I can not turn on the TV again unless I reset or unplug it from the wall and start over again.

Is there something else I can test to verify what the problem is?
Thanks in advance.

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  • smithnl78 Jan 22, 2008

    Are you talking about the dust filter on the left side of the TV or is there a separate air filter? I have cleaned that dust filter a few times and that does not seem to make a difference.

  • smithnl78 Jan 22, 2008

    I have tried replacing the bulb with a new one, I get the exact same results. I have cleaned that spongy dust filter a couple times with no change. Is there some other place I can check the filter unit to clean it? I don't have the service manual so not exactly sure how to get to anything.

  • smithnl78 Jan 22, 2008

    I would like some help finding the service manual. I have been looking myself but I guess not in the right places. If you do find it you can email it to me at

  • zeebrew Jan 24, 2008

    I am having the same exact problem. Replaced with brand new bulb. Bulb fires on for about 5 seconds and fans run until red light comes on. I also have cleaned out left side panel filter. Where is this other filter you refer to that needs to be cleaned? I purchased this set in 1/2005 and I am now on my 3rd $250 bulb. I do hear a bit of a humming noise I beleive from the cooling fan under lamp. I also did not receive any warning to a blinking orange light. One day it was working and the next day I had a fixed red light. Any comments would be appreciated.


  • smithnl78 Jan 27, 2008

    I fixed mine by replacing the 2 capacitors on the power board. I couldn't find any 10v 3300uF capacitors in town and replaced them with 25v 3300uF instead. I decided against replacing the 4 on the DM board because they looked fine. I usually go with the saying if it ain't broke don't fix it. I figure if something else goes wrong I will know to look at the DM board first now.
    Thanks for all the help everyone.



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the last guy is correct. the 3300Uf caps, located side by side next to each other on the main power supply board go bad, causing the sensor that detects light coming from the lamp starting up, to not have the 5 volts needed to sense the " flash" from the lamp.
the caps will usually be bulging at their tops, with brown electrolyte oozing from them.
change them, reset by plugging the tv back in, and your problem is fixed.
I shouldn't be telling you this, (i'm a tv tech) I charge $350 to fix this problem.

I figure anyone who is intelligent enough to repair their own set, deserves a break now and then
David klebs

Posted on Jan 28, 2008


I had the EXACT problem with my 2.5 year old WD-52525. After reading tons of comments on this site, i came accross a DM Repair solution by a guy named Techman (sorry, i can't find the link anymore). The problem that causes the bulb to only fire for 10 seconds and turn off is due to 2 capacitors on the power board, NOT a faulty bulb, The 2 3300uF 10v capacitors are located on the main powerboard of the TV. There are a total of 4 boards sandwitched together making up the chassis. Techman's article explains to replace a set of 4 1000uF 16v capacitors on the DM board that affect the picture. Although those capacitors may need to be replaced as well, the 3:4 bulb red light problem is from the 3300uF 10v caps. I would suggest getting the service manual from to see how to remove the chassis and get to the boards. Then refer to Techman's instructions on how to replace Capacitors on DM boards. Replace the 2 3300uF 10v on the power board and also all of the 1000uF 16v capacitors on the rest of the boards (i replaced these as well just in case they were bad) and your problem will most likely be fixed. I have never soldered before and know nothing about capacitors but with some patience and Techman's instructions, i replaced the capacitors, put the tv back together and to my suprise, it fired right up and has been properly ever since. The capacitors, a desoldering iron and a regular soldering iron from Radio Shack cost me a total of $30 to fix my TV. The authorized Mits repair man i had out to look at my TV before i tried to fix myself said that i need a new ballast and/or light engine and quoted me anywhere from $1,000 to 1,800 to fix the problem. Thanks to hours of research on this site and a few hours taking apart my tv and replacing the capacitors myself, i saved a ton of money.

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Hi. It does sound like it is the filter unit, I've seen this before, I also seen the bulb not able to turn fully on, defectibe bulb.
I hope this help


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Try to clean the air filter it soubds as if that is the problem. Then try it aain. If you need further assistance let me know.

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    You could have a defective bulb, Ballast or power supply. You will pobaly need the service manual so you dont end up buying parts you dont need. If you would like I will try to find a source for the maual for your model. let me know if I can help you further.


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