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TV won't come on. Blue light blinks, but TV does not come on?

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Same exact problem, same exact model the FLM-2601. I followed the steps from a you tube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqZG1F_h1CA and had no difficulties removing & replacing the 25 watt capacitors with new 35 watt capacitors, after a quick $10 radio shack shopping spree. The most difficult & time consuming part of the task was removing the housing & its numerous screws, of various thread type, length & diameter...needless to say it is possible. Only 3 extra screws remained after the set was working again. The television is working great again & was well worth taking the time to research the problem and find a solution that I was comfortable in performing myself. I didn’t think my soldering was that great of a job, but the television works great.

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You can download the service manual here: http://www.polaroidsupport.com/polaroid/en_us-sm.html
Look at the power supply first since it is easier to get to, look for burnt parts, bad capacitors, etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague
Please post back what you find.

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Probable power supply failure; I'll paste my usual suggestions below-
If it's failing to turn on, the main power supply is probably at fault and without some technical background and a couple of test instruments, you will not be able to do the repair yourself.
What you can do though is; unplug the set, let it stand overnight or at least several hours, remove the back panel and look for a separate board with mostly larger components on it; it will have a ferrite core (no laminations as with a line-frequency part) transformer on it and several larger capacitors which are cylindrical and mounted vertically to the board.

Before touching anything inside, especially on that board, allow several hours to be safe since the larger capacitors can hold a painful voltage charge for some hours.

If you see signs of overheating such as discoloration of the board material, the PSU may not be repairable but if you can find a part number on the board, you might be able to buy the power supply from the mfr. and install it yourself but it will likely have the same problem eventually unless they have altered the design or improved component quality.
If there are no signs of heat damage to the board, there may be companies offering to repair it as a subassembly instead of repairing the whole set which could be much more expensive.
If you choose to replace or have it done, the main power supply still may not be at fault since most are capable of switching on and off if a downstream problem is causing an overload and the power supply for the backlight may be at fault.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

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