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Lcd tv black screen control box no power fix - FLM-4034B

I have the 4034B too and don't know which caps to replace. Did you figure it out?

Or, how do you test the caps with a meter?

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  • reefman27 Oct 28, 2008

    I am sorry to hear that the tv still won't work. I appriciate your reply, it saved me some time b/c i was going to start replacing radom caps as well. I am going to take my tv to a repair shop this week and see what they have to say. It's too bad polaroid won't stand behind their product. I will keep you posted and please do the same if you find anything out.

  • SACH01 Dec 27, 2008

    I have a 4034B LCD Polaroid of which I have replaced two elecrolytic capacitors (both at 25V 470 microFarads) on the power supply board that did not fix my problem. Any other suggestions from anyone else, please post them.

  • Led12 Feb 02, 2009

    Have the same problem with my Polaroid 40 inch LCD

    all the capasitors seem ok, did you find out anything else? Please let me know.



  • bece100 Apr 30, 2009

    I have the 40" Polaroid tv model (FLM-4034B) with the exact same problem everybody here described, I'm a bit hesitant to remove any of the caps on the board since they look ok in appearance. Someone posted a comment saying that they found out that there board has a short in it directly from the manufacturer caused by the 5-screw aluminum plate from the right side of the board (it rests on top of 3 aluminum posts). By removing it they got the tv working again. They removed it

    Has anyone tried this approach already? Did it work? Has anybody found the culprit component?


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When I looked on the board, they all looked fine so I changed 5 of them chosen arbitrarily (the one that best matched the description on the website) but no success, I will try this week end to change the others (I did not have enough caps). I found a way to test them with a meter but it is hard and unreliable to do it when they are still attached to the circuit:

The best would be to have a meter that can test specifically the caps, but if like me you don't have one, use the Ohm-meter mode to charge them then very quickly switch to volt-meter (be careful not to choose a tension too high that would fry your caps). You should see a tension really quickly dropping if the caps is still linked to the board. I found this technique on the internet, I don't know if it is really reliable.

I will try on this week-end to change the caps of the other kind on the board then I will tell you if I got lucky.

By the way, a few weeks ago when I called polaroid they told me they were about to change their policy about their TV so I think you should check that before you decide to destroy it with an axe or get a new TV.

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  • pandours Oct 25, 2008

    I changed all the aligned capacitors (the 16V / 1000µF ) but it did not improve the condition of the TV. There are two 25V/750µF and one 35V/750µF but they seem very hard to reach as they are closely surrounded by circuitry ...

    Please let me know if you find any way to get a working TV from this without having to pay 600$.


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