Question about Akai PDP4294 42 in. EDTV-Ready Plasma Television

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Akai Plasma 42" PDP4294

No picture. The unit has been working fine for the last two years trouble free and the other day we turned it on and it was fine then a couple of hours later the picture was gone. The sound works fine and I unplugged it for about 5 minutes to try and reset but still No picture.

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  • racyn_nv Sep 17, 2008

    I have same problem also. Watching a movie one night when the screen suddenly went black. Sound is fine , but no picture, no menu display ...just black. Would like to know how to repair it myself.

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Sounds like time for a class action lawsuit.. mine went blank too.. and it seems like everyone with this model is having the same problem.. i wonder if akai has a solution i'll call them tomorrow.

Posted on Jun 04, 2007

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My set has been working well for the past three years, then last night the video went dark with occational flashes of vertical lines and/or bars - one or two horizontal - and the sound is ok. I'm trying to find an economical solution. If the problem is in a video module separate from the plasma display module, it might be worth it. On-screen menu is gone also. Is yours? Do you have flashes? I will post again if I have more info.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007

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I had the same problem I was told to unplug then reset but still no luck. Mine have been broken since Aug 2006 and seems like it's so hard to find somebody to fix it. Please let me know if you fix yours.

Posted on Feb 17, 2007

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