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RCA D52W27D The Three Blinks of Death

Hello Willtab,

I have a RCA HDTV Model D52W27D. Similar to others' problems, the front light will light up and turnoff three times. However, twice now it has come back to life. It still blinks three times, but comes on after the third. This morning it did the three blinks of death so I gave it a minute and then tried pressing the DVD power button and it came on.

When the TV finally comes on, the picture and sound are fine.

I opened the DVD and removed the disk that was in it thinking that may have something to do with the problem.

Also, before the three blinks of death started, I noticed that at powering on, the TV was not starting on the channel I was watching the night before, but on channel 2.

I hope I've given you useful information to help me fix this problem.

Star Smith
Somerset, KY

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  • Star Smith Oct 07, 2008

    Update...I removed the DVD I had in the Built-in player and the TV now comes on like it should. It still starts on channel 3 however, that's not a significant problem. Still, any input from you is still very welcome.

  • Anonymous Oct 09, 2008

    WHen I try to turn on the tv ithe light comes on and then goes off 3 times but the tv never comes on

  • Star Smith Oct 17, 2008

    Is this something I could fix myself? If so, where can I find the circuit board schematics? Thanks you for the fix!



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Check 3 capacitors on deflection board cp150,cp111,cp114 most of the time this is the problem 2200uf16v /330 uf 35v /220uf 35v.

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Is this something I could fix myself? If so, where can I get the circui drawings for the board? Thanks for the fix!


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