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Home Theater System is stuck in "starting" mode

I had a power outage the other day and ever since, my home theater system is stuck in "starting" mode and won't allow me to change or even start any of the audio options like Aux 1. The system is on a power strip that is a surge protector and nothing else that was plugged into the strip is damaged. But the HTS/blue ray player will turn on only to the "starting" mode and nothing else. Customer service sent me to a repair shop, but I'm not sure it's worth fixing -it only cost about $250 to begin with. Any help is much appreciated. Oh and I already tried unplugging it to reset it. Thanks!! Carolyn

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    My player is stuck in starting mode too... Can't fix. Help anyone?

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Thanks Seattle TimE!!!! I thought it was shot. Did the repair you suggested and wors great!

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I don't see the starting mode described in the user's manual, so I don't know if the buttons on the remote work or not, but you if they do you can try to reset to restore the default settings. Press the Home button, Select Set up and then press oK. Select Advance - Restore Default Settings and then press OK. Select OK and the press OK to confirm.
Also you might want to check if you can if the software is up to date. Compare the version of your current software with the latest version on the Phillips website.

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I solved this problem on my HTS3410D.

Inside there are two circuit boards, the power supply board and the audio/video board.

  • First, unplug your unit and let it sit for a few hours.
  • Now open the unit up, and unplug all of the connectors going to or from the power supply board. You can easily tell which board is the power supply board because it's the one the power cord plugs into.
  • Unscrew the four mounting screws that hold the board to the case.
  • Using a pair of needle-nose pliers, squeeze the two white plastic clips that hold the board to the case (one at a time), while gently lifting the board away from the case.
  • Now that you have the board out, feel the tops of all the capacitors (they look like this). Healthy capacitors should have a totally flat top. (There is probably one that is covered in some sort of heat shrink, so you can't feel the top.)
  • One capacitor most likely has a slightly bulging top. That is the culprit.
  • Using a soldering iron, carefully remove the busted capacitor, making sure to note which side the stripe is on.
  • Buy a replacement capacitor at Radio Shack or www.digikey.com that has the same capacitance (e.g. - 1000uF) an equal or greater voltage, and an equal or greater maximum temperature.
  • Insert and re-solder the replacement capacitor in the same orientation as the one you took out, then trim the excess leads.
  • Reassemble your system, and you're done.
The capacitor that died on mine was 1,000uF, 16V, 105°C. It was located fairly close to where the power cord comes in to the board. I replaced it with a 1,000uF 50V capacitor, and the system powered right up like a champ. The entire process took me about an hour.

I hope this helps some other people have similar results.

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Amp is probable going into protection mode. Disconnected all speaker and av wires (only power) and check if it switches on. Try to plugged it in also at another wallsocket. Presume PSU damaged by surge

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