Ever since I had the P60 sitting in the next room collecting dust, the new Samsung Plasma has arrived and is mounted.
That set is a beauty.
Ultra thin and amazingly light compared to the P60.
It lays as flat on the wall as a picture frame.
Picture is what you expect from a Plasma (awesome) and I even watched a few of Dtv's 3D channels.
I'm still a firm believer that 3D at this stage is gimmicky but its a nice feature to breakout whenever you are bored.
Anyway, tonight I decided to take the back off the P60 to see what I could see.
I was half expecting to come across a pitted IC but everything looked okay.
I went through my routine of unplugging the X & Y-Sustains while power cycling trying to get the TV give me a few blinking blue lights but I got nothing but a solid blue light.
Fan cut-on a second then back off again and the PDP (screen) refused to initialize.
By now I kinda know what not to waste my time on so I decided to disconnect the bridge between PSU1 and PSU2 and power cycle the TV. I did this because the PSU was the components I have been spending the most time with and all other components down stream look good.
The status light turned on (blue) then turned back off again (red) and wouldn't come back on. I unplugged the TV and when I reconnected the bridge I got a small discharge (pop) from the stored up juice in the capacitors. Then I replugged the TV with the wires to the sustains still disconnected and and WHALA.... I got my familiar 3 flashing lights. I unplugged the set again and reconnected the Sustains. Upon plugging and powering the TV up the screen initialized and I got a picture again. From removing the back cover to getting a picture again took about 10 minutes.
I smirked and shook my head.
Seems I have (or still have) a power supply problem that came (or was never solved) by the replacements of all the caps on PS2. Whether this strictly a PS problem I cannot know without a replacement PS to try to replicate these behaviors. My earlier suspicions about a sustain problem is looking less and less likely now but it may very well be a combination of the two.
I'm at a loss of what to do now.
I have a finicky TV that goes brain-dead every 2 months like clockwork.
Meaning I can't give it to someone as they would be inheriting my problems.
I really love this TV but its too big to go anywhere else.
I have no stand to sit it on and I'll be damned if I try to mount it on any wall again.
Interestingly I have been seeing a few parts for it popping up here and there but now power supply (Part number HA02001).
There is something funky about this power supply but I am not experience enough to diagnose it.
Back when I was trying to get it to work I tested every component I could with the tools I had available and everything "seemed" fine on a component level.
I'm taking votes on what you guys think I should do with it:
Keep it and make it in my pet project endlessly trying to make it as good as new?
Or part it out leaving the best parts of it (the plasma screen) to rot in a landfill?