Question about Gateway GTW-P42M303 42 in. Plasma Television
The model of this tv is GTW-P42M403. This model isn't listed among your choices. The tv comes on but the image doesn't appear. There is no noise or picture. The remote will turn the tv on but will not turn it off. I tried plugging my dvd player into the tv but no images appeared. The channels don't change either. The only thing the tv does when turned on is flash like it's not getting enough power.The screen shows a is a blank black image. What could be the possible problems and solutions. Don't tell me to take to a repair guy. I don't have the time or money to waste with them! Is there common problems with this model? You can reach me at email@example.com. My name is Eric.
I was able to resolder the pin shown in the picture and it fixed my problem as well. I also used a razor and cut off the last socket for that pin on the connector and put a dedicated connector on so that it will take the heat a little better. Also when I re-soldered that pin on the bottom side of the board I scraped away some of the protective coating around the solder puddle so that I could make a bigger solder puddle to add a little more strength and heat resistance.
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Mike, I too have the GTW-P42M403. And "had" the exact same problem which I was able to fix by a little soldering.
If you flip the board over and look at the exact location of the pin in question in the picture you have shown. You should see some separation in the solder as I did.. (Might need a magnifying glass)
I simply cleaned and re applied new solder and it filled the open area nicely. Resembled and has been working perfectly.
Hope this is the same case for you as it is a easy fix.
Posted on Oct 27, 2008
I had the same problem outline by other posters here:
- no image on screen
- no control by remote
- ocassional flashing of screen back-light (while still no image)
- amber led when rear "master switch" engaged, then green led when powered "on" with remote power button or front panel power button, but still no image
- could not power off with remote power button or front panel power button (had to use rear "master switch")
And, as noted by at least two others below, found the same cause/culprit: a pin and connector on the power board pictured by Mike (posted Oct 11) was discolored and apparently over-heated. Whether this was the cause or effect, I don't know, but the end result was separation of solder on the rear of the pin and poor contact between the pin, connector and ultimately applied power.
As Mike posted Oct. 11 and bitzzy posted Nov. 22, the solution is to fix the bad connection. After removing the power board I re-soldered the weak pin connection and also removed the corresponding connector on the cable connector to clean and check the connection. After reassembling, I am happy to say everything is back to working perfectly!
Thanks to the internet and kind posters on this forum for helping me find the problem and fix it without dropping $hundreds$ for a repair or a $thousand$ for a new set!
Posted on Jan 10, 2009
I have a little 13 inch gateway that really is a piece of work. I use it as a second TV for cable while my main TV is on Xbox. Anyways sometimes I turn it on and it just shows a blank screen, channels flick like usual when you change it but no numbers show up or anything of the sort. Volume also will not show. If I smack the side however it usually kicks back in. For all of you who haven't tried smacking the side of your Gateway before you decide to haul it away please give it a shot!
Posted on Aug 23, 2015
Where is the picture that should be shown. I am now having this exact same problem.
Posted on Aug 23, 2013
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Posted on Aug 23, 2010
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