Question about Toshiba 42HL167 42 in. LCD Television
The yellow LED light blinks three times repeatedly; have tried all suggestions in the troubleshooting section of the manual I am EXTREMELY unhappy. About 16 months ago I purchased my first TV. I am a single mother that only wished for a nice TV to watch with her family. After 14 months of payments and finally paying it off, it wont turn on and the little yellow light keeps blinking. When I called Toshiba Customer Service there was nothing they could do but send me to a service center to get it "evaluated" at MY EXPENSE. The service centers want $50 to $185 to evaluate and are on the other side of town. Customer Service said they "might" be able to assist me with parts. I am FIT! Just another realization that they don't make things like they use to. I will never buy a Toshiba again.
I found it!
I managed to fix it by reloading the firmware.
I posted detailed instructions on my website at:
I hope this is still useful for others. It's so embarrassingly easy anyone can at least TRY it before calling a tech if they have any friends that are computer savvy.
Posted on Aug 09, 2010
Until you get it fixed, i found a way to get mine to come on. I have been doing this for the last three months. I will probably just buy a new (different branded) TV, rather than repair.
But, what I do is watch the yellow light blink three times then i count to three and then press hold the power button(on the tv). the yellow light will blink three times, go off for about three seconds, then blink twice. if it only blinks twice after the pause, then let off of the power button and press it once and then the tv comes on.
If this doesn't work then i just start over and try again and eventually it comes on.
Posted on Apr 30, 2010
Change the batteries in the remote! TV is searching for the remote! SO stupid! It worked though!!!!!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Here's how I fixed mine...
Look inside the back of the TV just above the power cord - there are two small LEDs, one green and one yellow (no need to open the case - you can see them through the cooling slots). In my case, the green LED would light for a few moments after plugging the TV in, then the yellow one would light and stay lit.
Go to the Toshiba site and download the latest firmware upgrade.
Copy the firmward upgrade to a SD memory card using your PC (SDHC cards larger than 2GB don't appear to be supported by the TV, so use a smaller one). I copied *both* the zip file as downloaded from Toshiba, and the contents of the zip file. That is, I expanded the zip file and copied the contents to the SD card as well.
There's a metal cover over the SD card slot on the back of the TV. Remove it (a single screw)...at one point, Toshiba has directions on the firmware download web site.
Unplug the TV and insert the SD card. Plug in the TV again, and in my case, those little LEDs stayed green. I saw none of the instructions on the TV screen - rather I just let it sit for about 10 minutes, then I unplugged the TV, removed the SD card, and plugged the TV in again. Viola - the TV works.
I'm thinking perhaps Toshiba uses a type of memory that requires battery backup, and if the TV is unplugged for an extended period of time, it's necessary to re-flash it.
Posted on Jun 21, 2009
hello the red blinking lights is a service code when this happens it means theres a power problem or a fualty circut. it happens alot with these new plasma and lcd tv's its very common since these units have built in protection and power loss a fualt or short will cuase this.
the tv needs service the tech will know what to look for according to the number of blinks.
hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
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