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I have an rca 61" dlp hdtv. It is about 5 years old. I have a shadow over part of the picture and it has suddenly lost most of its brightness.

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In terms of figuring out what was causing the problem, I have answered that question. I disassembled the light engine and found that I have a burned plastic optic lens in a part I believe is called the "light gate". Now the challenge is to find a place where I can get one since you apparently cannot get it from RCA. I certainly would never buy another TV from RCA or Thompson.

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