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HELP PLEASE Vizio Plasma tv broken again - possible driver board?

Hi,
Our Vizio 50'' P50 HDM Plasma tv is about 2 yrs old or so. Out of warranty and trying to deal with Vizio is a nightmare.
Last month the tv made a very loud cracking noise, like the snap of a whip and the color went out of the picture. It got very fuzzy, but you could still see some picture on the screen. We took it to a local repair shop who charged us far too much to replace the driver board. Worked fine when we got it home.
Last night it made that same cracking noise twice and now we get no picture whatsoever. No menus... Black screen. When you turn it on it makes the quiet humming noise like it is trying to turn on and then the power light flashes and goes to orange.
Any idea what could be causing this and if it's something we can fix ourselves? We can't justify spending another $400-500 to take it to a local repair shop just to have more trouble in a few months, especially considering the same model is only $1000-1200 new. But we really don't want to have to replace it!
We're somewhat handy with these things - just replaced the lamp on our dlp tv a few months back. But, not sure what to look for if we opened up the back of the Vizio.
Any help/advice/ideas/etc. would be greatly appreciated!

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  • kyates33 Feb 18, 2009

    When you turn it on the led light turns green and you can hear the hum of the tv starting up like normal, but then it goes quiet, the led light flashes and then turns orange. There is no picture. The first time we tried to turn it on after the popping noise you could see a flicker of grey on the the screen and then completely black. You can't see any menus or switch between the cable box/dvd player
    You can't shut it off without unplugging the power cord.
    Any ideas?


  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    when volume button is pushed status bar on screen is snow filled not volume level displayed

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    Incredibly loud noise, then no picture. I can hear whatever channel the cable box is on, but black screen. Help!?

  • phongnv
    phongnv May 11, 2010

    Can the TV turn on? What is the color of the LED? If it can turn on, can you turn it off normally?




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This could cause by the power supply or the mainboard.

- If the LED stay Green when you turn on the TV. But you can not turn it off, in this case the main board has failed. Replace the mainboard will fix the problem.

- If the LED light always stay at Orange, you can not turn on of off. In this case the mainboard also has failed.

- If you turn on the TV you will hear the power supply click on the LED is green then it click off the light turn Orange. In this case the power supply has failed.

Which boards did the repair shop replace?

Hope this will help.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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SOURCE: didnot see cable connection

Thats because it has no tuner. Its a hd Monitor.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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SOURCE: vizio p50 hdm

You need a cable box or a Sat. reciever. Its a monitor, and has no tuner.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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SOURCE: vizio p50 hdm

it is the picture 'mother' board. Sears has replacement parts cheap.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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