Gateway/Vizio 56" DLP TV Color Wheel
The Gateway 56" DLP HDTV was manufactured by Vizio. It's the same as the Vizio model RP56. I've had mine for 4 years. The bulb has been replaced once and the picture is great. However, the high pitched wining/buzzing noise comming from the color wheel bearing is so bad my wife refuses to wath the TV. After many calls to Vizio, I got the part number and the name of a stocking distributor. I paid $76.96, plus $8.80 for shipping, for color wheel part number VIV 3250704180 from Vance Baldwin Electronics in Ft Lauderdale, FL (954.723.9191). I have not attempted the replacement to date, because I'm still trying to locate a technical service manual. Vizio emailed me a sevice guide, but it doesn't provide the detials I was looking for.
The color wheel problem has been a major problem on the Samsung DLP TV's. One enterprizing owner documented the color wheel replacement, whith great photos, on www.jangro.com. I was hoping to find a similar site for the Vizio.
If anyone out there has any additional Vizio color wheel replacement information, it would be greatly appreciated.
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