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This tv is under five years old?Yes,it is worth fixing.Over five,i would compare the prices for a new LCD tv and the quote priced from the Tv Tech.for the old tv.This tv have high voltage problems around the Deflection circuitries area.Could be any things burn in this area.The high pitched whine sound,i'm sure it is from the FBT-the high voltages flyback transformer,high voltages current have no where to go.Must hire a tv tech. to troubleshoots and replace parts on the Deflection circuitries area.Also the FBT could be dead too,because HV Current bounces back forth and have no where else to go.The prices to troubleshoot unknown problems is about $400 bucks and plus cost of replacement of parts.
The tv have a colors wheel,have a whinning high pitch sound,mean colors wheel is warping not spinning right any more.The colors wheel is dead,must be replaced.The tv have high pitch sound,shutdown the projection lamp.The projection lamp might be dead or not?Not yet determine dead or just shutdown by the nonfunction of the colors wheel.
The high pitch popping that you are hearing is arcing in the high voltage circuit. I would not suggest a repair on a set that is this old. Convergence repair plus a high voltage problem could run around $500-$600. But it is your call on the repair, I can only advise.
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I haven't worked on an RCA DLP but have on Samsung DLP, based on your description it sounds like the color wheel is bad. Take the back off and turn on TV make sure its not a fan making the noise ,but most likely its the "wheel" it is inside the light engine probably right next to where the lamp is plugged in. If the whine comes from this area definitely the wheel.
ok does the set show a picture durring this whinning
i have ran into this problems .. sometimes it has to do with a coil that is oscillating...ll037 or ll029...the fix for this is simple if it is the problem. dampen the coil with silicon.