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No picture or sound!

When I turn on the t.v. the cooling fans come on and the lamp light flashes green. After several times, all three lights in front flash. The lamp looks great and the color wheel spins. What else could it be?

Posted by john hrouda on

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  • john hrouda Jun 29, 2007

    Bulb looks good.
    How do I test the ballast?

  • john hrouda Jul 03, 2007

    I hear a click as if starting the bulb.
    Is there a way to test the bulb or the output to the bulb?
    There is some dust on the components. Could this have anything to do with it?

  • john hrouda Jul 04, 2007

    I have ordered a new bulb. I will keep you posted if it worked.

  • john hrouda Jul 05, 2007

    I replaced the bulb and still no picture!
    There is still a click as if the bulb is trying to start, but no light.
    What else could it be?

  • john hrouda Jul 05, 2007

    The voltage to the ballast seems fine.
    I am now ordering a new ballast!
    I hope this is it as far as parts.
    I am over $320 already!
    Will keep you posted.

  • john hrouda Jul 18, 2007

    It was the ballast board!


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The bulb is bad my friend, even if it looks good, the flashing light is the first indication. You should get the original lamp from here Good Luck

Posted on Jul 03, 2007

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2007

    Oh also the click, like if the bulb is starting is an indication that the bulb wants to start but it cannot.

  • Anonymous Jul 05, 2007

    Get the service manual and measure the voltage on the ballist, if the voltage are good replace the ballist


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