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RCA HD61LPW42YX2 TV has a triangular shadow in the upper left corner of screen, it has become larger over the past 3 weeks. I've read that other people have had this problem. Is it a color wheel problem or is it the light engine. I've contacted some repair shops and was told that the light engine was unavailable. I hope you can help, or anyone else who has resolved this same problem.

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  • ksrigg Dec 24, 2007

    I have exactly the same problem with my set and thought a piece of a label or something had gotten in the way of the light projector or something. What are we to do, and how much does it cost? Is this fix a more permanent one? With better parts, so the same thing won't happen 2 or 3 years down the road? Thanks, and misery loves company.....$2900.00 in 7/2004

  • biggcorp Jan 13, 2008

    Same problem, 2004 model, 3rd light bulb? now the triangle in the upper left corner, started @ 4" left to right, and 10" top to bottom.

    Now @ 9" x 20"

    Still trying to find problem...no luck yet,

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010



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I am an RCA tech and can tell you what your problem is. There in an appeture tunnel to the left of the color wheel. The light from the wheel passes thru this tunnel. The tunnel is made of 4 rectangular mirrors which are pieced together in a square. What happens is that the mirrors shift and instead of being square they become rectangular. The only way to fix this is to either replace the light engine of repair it. I take the engines apart and repair the mirrors, however I strongly advise against it because the entire engine must be taken apart to get to this tunnel. I guess this isn't the solution you wanted, but it may save you the money of buying unnessesary parts which you can't return and will have lost that money. If you go thru RCA service center, they can send your engine back to a repair center and rebuild it for you. Hope this helps you.

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I have a 5 year old RCA 61LPW42 HD DLP television. A few months ago a small dark shadow appeared in the upper left corner of the screen. Over time it has creeped down and become larger. Still starting...

It's the light tunnel. The tunnel is a square tube made up of 4 mirrors glued together.

It looks like this from the side: |_| (with a piece on top too.)
When the glue breaks down, it shifts inside the little mirror holder. The shifted mirrors looks like this /_/ what you are seeing is the shadow of the tilted mirror tunnel.
ON the RCA's there's not a good fix.

RCA's response:
"Ok, well sadly they do not offer the light tunnel anymore, which is what you need. Sadly you would be rendered to get a whole new light engine assembly. That would be the D.N.D module, light tunnel,color wheel,optic spanner, and oci. mirror. Your best bet would be to search ebay for a broken engine and replace it that ways."

That is the ONLY response I got from them.

I took the set apart and found the 4 tiny mirrors. I will be attempting to epoxy them together. (The set is dead anyway, why not try?)

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RCA should have recalled this to fix it for everyone.

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