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Flicker on bright spots

My two year old Vizio P42 flickers, when warmed up on bright or highlighted spots. It looks like burst of lightning on spots like foreheads, cheeks, white hair, clouds in the background, lightsources - like lamps - against darker background. I sent a short piece of footage to Vizio. They are clueless and recommended to contact ITI for out of warranty service.

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  • kjanson1 Jan 17, 2009

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I had the same problem....wasnt the main board but the two smaller boards...vizio changed them and no problem since .....

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SOURCE: Our 3 1/2 year old Vizio P42 plasma made a pop, screen now blank

Hello kilmertwo, my names Dave! What your TV did is called the POP OF Death! In order to repair the TV you will need to replace the Y sustain & the Z sustain board also! The loud POP noise you heard came from the Z sustain! If you take this TV to a local repair shop the cost of the repair is going to be around 800.00 big one! 450.00 parts and 350.00 labor! Not only will you be spending that amount but this is a common problem with this TV! So you take the chance of this happening again! What I'm trying to do is to save you from throwing good money after bad! Do not repair the TV! You can for the same amount of money buy a totally brand new TV! I would suggest that you buy a Panasonic! Trust me!

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SOURCE: I've owned a Vizio VT420M for just over 13 months.

The flickering is most likely due to a faulty fluorescent backlight. Once the bulb heats up the flickering usually goes away. Some bulbs are easier to replace than others so I would contact your local TV repair shop.

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