I have a 4+ year old Samsung DLP. It's served me well this whole time, I haven't had to do any repairs, haven't even had to change the bulb. A few months ago I noticed a smudge on the screen. It won't wipe off, so I figured it had to be on the inside somewhere, I just don't know where. Since I can't get to it, I don't think it's an actual smudge, it's probably something on a mirror or something with the bulb. I was about to order a replacement bulb when I noticed I have a "dead" pixel as well. Now I know it's not a pixel on DLPs, I just don't know what else to call it. It's a constant white spot, like the light is shining right through that point. I can't imaging this is a bulb issue. So now my problem... Start spending money on stuff and hope to fix the problems. Or just save up a get a new TV. I'm leaning towards new, but I love other opinions as well, and there is always a chance that maybe someone here knows how to fix it. Worth a shot.