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Vizio P42HDTV sound but no picture just a black screen

It was working fine until Feb 9 2009 then all of the sudden the screen went black but the sound remained working. I checked all the connections and they were fine. I turned the TV off for a while then back on. I'm wondering if it could be the master AV card? Or is there a card that controls only the video? I'm pretty good at working on computers so I am just wondering if this is something I could repair myself. I checked the Vizio website and they recommend shiping TVs to some outfit located clear across the country.

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  • primobob Feb 28, 2009

    While watching the tv, I heard a snapping sound and then no picture. The sound was still there, but no picture.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    Exact same problem..

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. When you hear the snap and the picture goes black with sound still playing you should turn the TV off and unplug the power cord from the back of the television for about five minutes. Plug it back in and press power and TV should work. However, It will happen again.

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    vizio plasma black screen with sound



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SOLUTION: I have a P42HDTV10A that i purchased in 8/06. It went out for the 1st time 9/08, then again on 3/09, then again on 5/09. The same issue, audio but no pic. I appears that this has to do with either the "Y" and "Z" boards. 1st & 2nd times Y board was replaced, then 3rd time the "Z" board. I have now found out that you need to replace both at once because one is the reason why the other gives out and no one can tell why it happened. Parts can be ordered from . I found a 113 pg vizio repair manual that i can send you in case you are interested at trying this. By the way, i purchased ext.warranty for 5 yrs so it has costed me 0...but for those that do not have the warranty and are mechanically inclined give it a shot. It will cost about $400 to buy both

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Who can afford shipping a TV across the country anyway? LOL
Best thing to do if you want to do it yourself, is find a SERVICE MANUAL for your TV. Internet is the best place.
That will show you every part under the sun for your TV. It maybe the video card or the power supply for the screen. has parts has parts for item on the circuit board, the service manual will have part# for your TV.

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