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Television starts up then goes blank after a few seconds leave it awhile and it will do the same

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  • rnobson Oct 02, 2007

    Checked this out No OBVIOUS sign of damage I see blue and black ones some not standing up straight some touching other components Any other suggestions appreciated


  • rnobson Oct 03, 2007

    Hey I appreciate all this help Both picture & audio goes out Anyway out of town for a few I'll let you know how it goes


  • rnobson Oct 03, 2007

    Thanks will check out of town for some days will post back when home

  • rnobson Oct 03, 2007

    It completely switches off and after it's cooled down with switch on again



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Is the television staying on and going blank or is it completely turning off? I ask because a piece of electronic equipment that turns on, but then immediately shuts off normally is a clear indicator that there are some capacitors that need replacing. If this is the issue, take a look at the capacitors on the board (they look like cylinder batteries standing on end) and see if you notice any with bulging ends or leaking some fluid (it will look like battery acid). If you find this, then you've found your culprit and a $5 shopping spree at Radio Shack will be enough to fix your problem :)

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    Benjamin Petrofsky Oct 02, 2007

    OK, I did do some google-cheating on this one (all in the name of assisting you though, lol). From what I'm seeing in the searches, if your television is not completely shutting off (eg. picture goes black, but audio remains blissfully unaware of any problem), you can try a "kinetic" repair. This is also commonly known as "whacking the side of the TV", hehe.

    In all seriousness, this is a real suggestion as one of the causes of this problem is a slightly loose connection somewhere which, as the TV heats up and parts expand/contract, becomes more pronounced. Hitting the TV may jar the connection back in place. While this won't fix your issue, it will, at the least, identify it for you, at which point we can move forward with trying to get the problem fixed up.

    Another thing you can try is to jiggle the video cable on the back of the TV to see if this brings the pic back as well.

    Let me know what you come up with!



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