Got the lamp (and housing) from a dealer online. It's a new BP96-00826A just like the last one. I paid 95 bucks for it, rather than buy a knock off for 50.. again, the problem is identicle to the previous issue (with the old bulb) If i unplug the set, then turn it on, it iss on for about 5-10 min., then picture only shuts off. maybe the power supply for the lamp??
$95 is way too cheap to be a genuine lamp. It should be about $150. Not saying that's your issue at this point, I just want you to know.
1. Does the picture come back? Off, on, off, on? Or does it just stay off?
2. When it goes black, look into the back of the TV and see if the lamp is still illuminated.
3. When it goes black, do any of the front panel LEDs come on? If so, which ones and are they flashing?