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I was watching the tv when there was a loud pop, picture went out and the popping continued in rapid succession. There was also some smoke coming out the top of the cabinet. I turned off the power with the remote but there was still some popping until I pulled the plug from the wall. Took off the lower back part of the cabinet but couldn't see any evidence of electrical arcing or shorting. Nothing. It does nothing when plugged in now. Any ideas? Model# is R40W46 Zenith Rear Projector.

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  • glilly1 Nov 07, 2010

    Thank you for your response. My son works in the electronics industry and thinks he can fix it if he has a service manual. Was your estimate for repairs parts or service performed by a shop? Also wonder why I can't see any damage of any kind. Nothing fried, discolored or melted. I know it's an old set but it was used for only about 25 months when this happened

    Thank you,



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Those were the filtering electrolytic capacitors exploding - the smoke was the electrolyte that was projected out as steam. If the popping has continued until the mains has been pulled then the entire power board has been fried beyond repair. and the damage to the rest of the tv is also extensive.
This is an old tv, with an old CRT technology, it can be repaired, just that it would cost you a fortune - at least $600.
My advice: the tv should be considered as dead. Time for a new one.

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  • Azrael SRL Nov 07, 2010

    Take a closer look at the power transformer, even smell it - you'll see.
    The price was for the parts and labor at your local shop- a dealer will cost you 50% more. To be more precise: $280 for a new power board, $150 for a new flyback transformer, $25 for a new power transistor and another$25 for the rest of the parts (which most surely have been fried). I estimated just 2 hours of labor at $60 , thinking that you can find a cheap good shop.
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