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HL-T6187S White Dots

Over the course of the past year, my HDTV has been developing white dots that have gotten progressively worse.
I am currently unable to afford the labor cost to fix this, let alone purchase a new TV, and I am wondering what my options are.

I have read some threads here where they have managed to get this fixed at no cost, but in calling Samsung I was told that my display is not covered for this kind of repair, even though the issue is exactly the same as in the HDTVs that are covered.

I have seen that Samsung_HD_Tech has been very kind in helping users escalate issues to maybe get this resolved. If you read this Samsung_HD_Tech, I humbly ask for your help!

Model #: HL-T6187S
Model Code: HLT6187SX/XAA
Transaction ID: 5108191462

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As it gets farther out of warranty

In reply to: HL-T6187S White Dots

The part in question will fail over time. It's not solid state and there are documents about the expected life span so old posts where it failed earlier than expected and was covered can lead folk to believe it's the same issue but it isn't.

Watch for an example of what to expect if you DIY.
Parts are out there at and

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Thanks, but I have bigger problems now. :(

In reply to: As it gets farther out of warranty

Thank you for that information. Samsung support has gotten back to me offering to cover the cost of the DLP chip and only charging for labor. I put in a repair order for next week. Unfortunately, in my initial process of going through Samsung's support web site looking for information relating to this problem, I just had to notice a firmware update that I never applied.

I mean "unfortunately" because that lead to me attempting to upgrade the firmware, which resulted in an error and now I have what looks like a dead TV. It powers up to a black screen (with the white dots still there but frozen and not flashing) and the LED light blinking. I don't know if I should make a separate post for this, but anyone know of a way to recover from this? I followed the instructions to the letter, and made absolutely sure that the firmware was for this model DLP.

I feel horrible for trying to upgrade the firmware now, and I really have no idea what to do at this point. Went from an annoying problem to a much worse problem.

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Have to ask Samsung.

In reply to: Thanks, but I have bigger problems now. :(

The TV Tech I know installs a new board if firmware updates fail. They do try it from the stick again but if that doesn't take, then the word I have is you swap the main board with the flash memory.

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