A neighbor recently gave me her Magnavox 50ML6200D DLP tv. She told me that her kids had used it for videogames, but left it on too long and the bulb was shot. Magnavox deliberately makes it difficult to repair this model, and the manual says that for any repair (including replacing a lamp bulb), you should contact an authorized service tech. My neighbor did that, and claims she was told it needs a new bulb. She was quoted $800, and not being technologically inclined, dumped the tv. (The manual is available here: http://tv.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg ... 6200d.html
). My conversation was brief, and I don't know if she was told there were other problems as well.
I popped the back panel off, and visually inspected the bulb. It looks fine. When I plug the tv in, the fan next to the bulb housing comes on, and the bulb briefly lights up before going dark. (By briefly, I mean for 1-2 seconds). There is a blue LED light on the front that according to the manual is supposed to come on for 45 seconds when you initially plug it in. It comes on, but flashes the following sequence repetitively: 6 long blinks, followed by 5 short / fast blinks. Pause and repeat, until unplugged. This is apparently a repair code of some sort, but I can't find anything on it on the web (other than that some other user had the same problem). The manual also references a bulb indicator light, which best as I can tell from fishing around on the web *may* be a red light on the front of the unit, below the screen. I have not seen a red light when I plug it in.
Nothing else happens when I plug it in. The screen is dark. I hooked the cable box up (via HDMI), and did not get picture or sound. If it's just a bulb, I can get one on ebay for about $100. But I don't want to shell out $100, only to find it doesn't solve the problem. Two other pieces of information that may be relevant: (1) the neighbor initially put the TV out with her trash. Someone picked it up, kept it an hour or so, and apparently determining that it didn't work, put it back in front of the nieghbors. The TV may have been jostled or handled roughly, but shows no scuffs or obvious signs of external damage. (2) The TV sat out overnight in 20-30 degree (Farenheit) weather. It didn't get wet, and I allowed it to warm up in my house, but I'm not sure if the cold would affect it.
Any thoughts? In particular, any information on the 6-5 blinking ode on the front? Thanks in advance!