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Element FLX 3202 no power

I have a 2 year old Element FLX 3202 lcd tv that doesn't work- I checked and replaced the fuse but to no avail. Anyone know what I can do next? Thanks

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  • dbenyo Feb 01, 2009

    The same thing happened to me. I don't know anything about tvs but ive been googling this for awhile and this model seems to have two majors problems. 1) the video board blows out when hooked up to a computer and 2) the power supply goes out.....My tv does not have the red light in the front when plugged in so I think ill need the power supply board (ive already checked the fuse and took the tv apart to see if there is anything visual) Is your light, out, red, or blue? You might want to start there....

  • ed08 Feb 05, 2009

    Ok Ron that sounds promising...I called element also and they gave me 2 options:

    1. Have a tech come out and for $250ish they would fix (replace entire control box) the tv and give me a 90 day warranty on the control box. BUT if after 90 days the same thing happened, i was out of luck.

    2. I could purchase the control box for $225 and get the $100 warrant BUT it was sold "AS-IS" with no warranty. So if I received a DOA control box I was out $225. Did you pay a net total of $115 or $15?

    For me now, I see costco has a Vizio 32" for $389 that comes with a 2-year warranty. I don't see paying another $100+ bucks for a tv that I already paid $500 for 2 years ago to have it break again. I am not as advanced as you to take it apart and problem-solve.

    My tv (actually my mother's XMAS present 2 years ago) stopped working out of the blue (was never hooked to a PC) and the red standby light that used to be on was out. I checked the fuse and it was ok but replaced it anyways. When I hook up the plug into the back I hear a "faint click" like power is getting to it but nothing happens. Any help is greatly appreciated and I thank you in advance!

    I too have done a TON of research on this and cannot find the control box anywhere else besides ebay for $400 +. Please let me know how you bought the control box and I would be so grateful!

  • ed08 Feb 08, 2009


    Thanks SO much for the web link- it was perfect!!! It definately gives me a better idea of what I am going to have to do. I will give element a call and see if they can give me the same guarantee as you- send me the contol box and if it is DOA they will let me send it back and get another one. I just don't want to pay money for something that doesn't work again!!!!

    If i get the new control box, do I replace the whole thing? How hard was it for you to change-

    You anywhere near Raleigh, NC??


  • ldyleski Mar 28, 2009

    Thanks for the info everyone. I have the same problem with mine. I'm still debating whether or not to take it apart. How do you test the the power supply? With a meter? If the capacitor (largest on the board) is blown how can you tell?



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This was the same thing that happened to me. When I took it apart and checked the power supply the capacitor (largest on the board) was blown. I called Element Electronics, which turned out to be Polaroid, and they sold me the entire control box assembly for appx $115 with a $100 core deposit to ship my old assembly back. My core deposit was credited back to my account within 2-weeks. BTW, when mine went out I had no power light on at all. Lastly, If you have questions about doing this yourself let me know, while I'm no electrical engineer, I did a ton of research trying to solve the problem.

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  • ronawilson Feb 06, 2009

    Hello ed08,

    Here's what I did. Paid $214.75 for the new control box assembly. Element stated that if I received the new box and it was DOA I would need to send it back to them and have them verify if it was DOA or not. If it was they would send another at no additional cost. If it wasn't they would ship it back to me at my own cost. You are correct there is no warranty. After I put the new box in I took my old one put it in the carton they sent me, used a prepaid shipping label they gave me and shipped my old control box assembly to them. You probably already know this but the control box they sent me, while it worked perfectly, was not brand new, it was refurbished. After they received mine they creditted my account $100. Therefore my total cost was $114.75 and about 15 minnutes of work. It wasn't difficult, here's a link I found while doing my research I understand your comment about spending the $100 without getting a warranty versus buying new. Actually I did both and put the Element in another room. I just enjoy taking things apart to see what makes um tick. Hope everything works out for you.

  • ronawilson Feb 09, 2009

    Sorry Ed08 I'm in the freezing state of Indiana. Had I lived in Raleigh, NC, I would have gladly helped you out. Anyway, yes the whole control box assembly gets replaced. There is only one cable to be careful with. It's called the LVDS cable. I think there was a picture in that service manual link i sent. One thing that will help is doing the work with it laying flat on it's face with the back up to you. I know this may sound obvious, but i tried replacing mine like it was standig up vertical on it's stand, which was more difficult. If you send me an e-mail I can take a few pictures of the box assy and point a few things out, namely the power supply capacitor on mine that blew. Compare it to yours and maybe it help you to know if that's what's went wrong with yours also. Basically you remove two small black screws and one large black screw on the back. This allows you to slide the back downward and off the back of the tv exposing the control box assy. Next you grab the box assembly and slide it upwards toward the top of the tv slightly. Next tilt the box upward holding the bottom end (the end with all your inputs). Be looking under the bottom as your tilting upward and you will see the LVDS cable I was talking about. It should have some aluminum tape securing it. don't pull on the cable but you wil need to cut the tape to free the reove the cable (it stays with the box assembly, your new one will coe with one) all you need to do is pinch the ends inward and pull easily down. It should unclip very easily. After that the box will lift out. Install the new box in the reverse order. Like I said I can send pictures but that service manual shows good pictures as well.



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