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Old 10-09-2010, 06:26 PM   #106
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Thank you very much. My TV died tonight. I just open my 50 inch Plasma tv and I see the two 3300 uf capacitors. Both are bulging at the top just like in your pictures. Thanks for the pictures. I would not have notice them. I just chceked with a local electronic supply house and I can get the capacitors for $3.65 each. I will pick them up on Monday and replace them myself. Much Thanks! I hope this will take care of the stupid blinking red light. I'll post the outcome.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:37 PM   #107
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My Plasma is now working. I bought the two 3300 uf capacitors for $10 each. That was a bit much for a capacitor, but I only had to go 1/2 mile to get them from a local TV repair shop. I replaced both caps and powered up the TV and it worked the first time. I watched a movie last night and it was sweet to know the repair only cost $20.
Here area few tips if you decide to change the caps yourself.
1. The caps have a polarity. Besure that you put them in the right polarity.

2. Get somebody to hold the board for you when you remove the old caps and while you are putting in the new ones.

3. Get a solder sucker to remove the old caps. (Radioshack sells them for under 10 dollars.

4. Don't let the cap get hot.

5. Take your time.

Anyway, thank you all for your help and thanks to the person who post the comments and the pictures.




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Old 10-15-2010, 10:47 AM   #108
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i have ordered the relays from future electronics. i neglected to pay attention as to how they came out. is there a negative/postive side. the leads are of different sizes, does it matter how the relays are solder them back in place? can anyone help?
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:38 PM   #109
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can anyone help?my television turns on but there is a blank screen,the speakers pop and the led light flashes red.ive looked at the capacitors and they are all fine.im stumped!it seems like these televisions have these problems alot and im hopeing i can fix the problem before sending it to the repair shop or to recycling.thanks for your help....
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:13 AM   #110
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Guys, i have a problem, same thing, i replaced the caps but when i put power to the tv the green light on the back panel glowed then shut off, and now it seems that there is no power....any thoughts on what happened?
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Did you make sure when you replaced the caps that you matched the polarity (+ to + & - to -)?
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Did you make sure when you replaced the caps that you matched the polarity (+ to + & - to -)?
You definitely need to get the polarity correct on an electrolytic cap or you can quickly create an electrolytic firecracker. Did you happen to hear a small pop or notice if you otherwise let the smoke out of those caps?
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:01 AM   #113
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Hey everyone,

The same issue has popped up today with my 50" Philips Plasma set. I have 6 flashing red lights then the cycle repeats.

Has anyone noted what the number of flashing lights means? I'll try the power cord first then the capacitors.....

We'll see how it goes.

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Old 11-05-2010, 12:36 PM   #114
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Sundook - thanks for the valuable advice and picture.
After learning about things here on this forum and finding a helpful video, I easily fixed my 42" Philips for $10. Yes, I am rejoicing right now. Until I found this forum, I was thinking my plasma had died. Thanks so much.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:38 PM   #115
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Chris,
Take a look at the earlier posts of this thread. It seems you had the same issue me and many others have had. By reading the threads here and watching one video on the issue, I repaired my 42" plasma for $10.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:31 AM   #116
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Take a look at the earlier posts of this thread. It seems you had the same issue me and many others have had. By reading the threads here and watching one video on the issue, I repaired my 42" plasma for $10.
Another 7 flashing lights on my 2006 made and $1600 purchased 42" Philips plasma. Been turning off and back on randomly for past year. Now flat out off and will not turn on. Looks like I need to order some caps.

I missed where the video is? Or is this the video on Philips as a company and not the fix needed?


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Old 11-11-2010, 06:04 AM   #117
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I thought I would add myself to the (what has become) long list of consumers who encounter the flashing red light after owning the product for close to 3 years. I was about to trash the TV before I found this thread. After checking the capacitors last night, I have the same issue most of us seem to be having (bulging at the tops). I am going to order the new capacitors from Future Electronics today and will let you all know the outcome.

I hope you all have voiced your unhappiness to Philips customer services. It is outrageous that the general public is able to come up with a $2 fix that the manufacturer could not figure out or make any attempt to correct.
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:12 PM   #118
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Another 7 flashing lights on my 2006 made and $1600 purchased 42" Philips plasma. Been turning off and back on randomly for past year. Now flat out off and will not turn on. Looks like I need to order some caps.

I missed where the video is? Or is this the video on Philips as a company and not the fix needed?


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Yup pulled it off the wall removed the back and sure enough they are bulging. My neighbor helped pull it down and he said his 37" one year ago was the same problem but he got Philps to pick up the tab. No go for me now so I (All of US!) seams to be on our own so time to fix it. Last Philps product for me.

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Who's got two thumbs and seven blinking red lights? This guy.

Tried swapping out the power cord, didn't help. So at least I know it's not that.

I'm hoping heating the place up (we're having a cold snap here in Seattle right now) will help for now, at least until I can get myself into a position (I'm by myself here, don't feel confident about moving the TV by myself, have no info as to how to get the back off, etc.) to get the back off and see if the caps are blown. Wouldn't surprise me, given my luck over the past two weeks.

If it IS the caps, I might have a place locally I can get some more (though, of course, if the roads are undrivable, that also might be an issue), but I'm uncomfortable replacing caps on my power board, even if I can get the board off. I'm fine with soldering, but nervous mucking around with things that can shock me. So I ask: is there a way to make sure the board is completely discharged before I do any of this, if I end up needing to do it?

I was going to ask if someone could verify a part, but apparently I can't post a URL. That's INCREDIBLY stupid, for exactly this reason. So instead I shall ask if "3300uF 10 Volt Electrolytic Capacitor" is what I need a couple from. Vetco Electronics is on the other side of town and I can get there directly.

(Also, yes, a link to that video would be REALLY useful right now.)

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Old 11-22-2010, 02:37 PM   #120
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Update: Heating the place up seems to have worked, TV is back up and running now. Dunno for how LONG, and I am still concerned that there will be a problem in the future, but at least execution has been staved off for now.

And the TV gets warm, so after it's on for a bit I would bet I am good for the rest of the day at least.
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