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Vizio 32" Plasma Freezes up

I have a 32" Vizio plasma that is only about 7 months old or so and recently has started to freeze up. For example, the TV will be on for a short period of time and then the screen just freezes with no sound and I cannot change the chanel or even turn it off. The only way I can turn it off is by unplugging it. Is this due to too much heat or is there a known issue with this model. It sits inside an armoirre.

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  • hotdog_49945 Apr 30, 2009

    Same thing is happening to me.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    I have the same problem, Vizio replaced it with a new one and it does the same thing after an hour or so.

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A lot of picture freezing issues are signal based. Check the signal strength and quality.

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SOURCE: VIZIO 50" PLASMA

The power supply in these sets have had bad electrolytic capacitors which short and actually blow their top because of increased pressure. Only part of the switching power supply is now running so you may see a power light but nothing else. I am not sure what Vizio would charge to replace the cap or supply. If this is the case, we would charge for 1 hour labor ($120.00) and for the capacitor ($3-4.00)unless the manufacturer recommends replacement of the power supply. Hope this helps you. Joe Weibel Custom Electronics (customelectronics.org)

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SOURCE: vertical red line on my Vizio plasma

Spent 3 hours removing all what seemed like 100 freaken screws.

Took out the OEM 038A, caution the factory placed some type of heat transfer silicon clear grease on the back of the board so it will feel like it is glued on. Just be very carefull and gentle when prying it apart.

Be warned, you will need a magnifying glas to check those little resistors. They all checked out, no broken solders.

What I did observe is the grease melted down the back of the board and puddled at the bottom of the board and where the resistors sit.

I used rubbing alcohol to clean it all up but left the reside on the square pads. Cleaned the resistors and used a dry paint brush to dust of any lint.

Placed the component back and after 10 minutes the Vertical Red Line Disappeared.

Turned on the set next morning it was still gone. 10 minutes later it re-appeared for a couple of minutes then went away.

I spoke to a kind gentlemen at Electronica-USA.com, he stated that the 060Q is an upgrade to the defective proned 038A ( 038C is also an upgrade ). A tech in Cali stated the 060Q worked perfectly. He has had zero complaints about the 060Q in the Vizio plus he offers a 90 day return policy. Funny thing is the 060Q was designed for LG and Goldstar Plasmas but for some reason they do not work for them but do work for Vizio's. He even states that on his site.

As I type the red line is still gone and stayed off several hours last night.

I think I am going to pull the trigger and replace the 038A to the 060Q and be done with it.

Oh yeah, I asked him if the 060Q needs to be "flashed" with the Vizio program. He never heard of it requiring it.

He has 038C on order they are couple of bucks cheaper. the 060Q is $224 plus S&H.

I found on ebay for $184 free shipping but waiting for the guy to verify no "flash" requirement.

Hope this helps someone.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

P.S. use a power screwdriver, your wrist will thank you. I put mine on low torque as not to strip the heads.

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SOURCE: Vizio tv chanel search is not finding digital chanels.

On your remote, select input as TV, then verfiy that you have set to Antenna, Then scan for channels.

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SOURCE: vizio 32" plasma 1st clicked off & on 4-5 times

Power supply board. Some times you can find bad caps on the board, if not have to replace board.

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SOURCE: Vizio 42 Plasma Pop

My 42 Inch Vizio experienced the pop of death out-of warranty. I bought mine at Sears and they sent a technician over within a day or so. It turned out to be in the power supply and they shipped a board right out. Total including parts and labor was $280. Although no expensive TV should die after less than 2-years, Sears seems to be able to deal with repair in the home without drama.

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