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Red light flashing 6 times

Hello,   came home and found tv wouldn't turn on and a red light is flashing 6 times in the left hand corner. Do you know what is wrong and how to fix it. thanks in advance!!! Trish

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  • Purple J Jan 17, 2008

    Hi,

    I find this weird, & I don't know where the previous person lives,

    BUT I had exactly the same thing last night (January 16th 2008).

    I still cannot get the TV to work. Can't even turn it off.

    After turning everything off at the power points, checking all cables etc, I turned the TV back on, the green light came on for a second & then immediately went to a blank screen & Red flashing light.

    I have left it off at the power source last night, tried again this morning & the same thing. PLEASE HELP ASAP.

    Cheers

    Jan

  • the Bert Jan 24, 2008

    My philips 42fd9954 won't turn on. The red LED light is on but can't get it to turn green when I hit the power button. Any ideas?

  • dunnavants Mar 14, 2008

    same exact problem happened to us last night. took all the same steps to recover, but nothing. HELP! only a year and a half old and $1700 --- yikes!

  • 73lespaul Mar 21, 2008

    I have had the same tv for two years and one day and mine did the same thing this morning. I have the repair people coming to look at it and I will post what they say is wrong with it.

    It has to be fixed as I have the 5 year bumper to bumper warranty from Circuit City.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2008

    Plz,bought 50" plasma,after 4months stop working..keeps flashing a red stanby light..

    Anyone know wot this means..or has the gas that produces the picture need refilling...

  • docBB May 15, 2008

    Same thing here. I have had this set for 16-18 months now. It has worked perfectly up until this AM when I tried to turn it on as usual. All I get is the flashing red light. If anyone finds out anything I would really love to know what the issue is!

  • gotwice Aug 06, 2008

    I have the same problem, every now and then I get it to turn green but it's been really hard, what's the solution?

  • gccorona52 Sep 09, 2008

    I also have the same problem. red light flashing. left hand corner of tv.

  • horseshoe69 Oct 27, 2008

    Philips 42FD9966 Well I'm glad its not me. My tv started to turn itselve off then kept doing this on/off as if the power supply was not enough, then the other night the tv started to flash red lights in the power sorce 1 flash then 6 flashes as if someone was trying to switch channels.

    this can't be right for a tv that cost 2100 pounds 3 years ago.

    i contacted Philips and they did not want to know. Where do I go now?

  • Staupster Dec 11, 2008

    I have the same problem with the turn on, couple seconds goes by and then turns off and the red light blinks 6 times. This must be code for some kind of error pre-programmed into the tv, but even the people at Philips didn't know. I tried the 2 existing solutions, but struck out each time. Does anyone have an error code book that tells what one, two, three...or six flashing red lights mean?

  • llesu07 Dec 13, 2008

    as of this morning, my wife try to turn on the tv, nothing, the red light on the left side of the screen blinks a couple of time, then it turns off, no power or whatsoever, what cause this to happen? can anyone help me how to solve this problem?

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I found the above web site pretty helpful, too (AVForums), and have spent a couple of hours reading that thread.
Seems like the capacitators are often why the power won't come on. Also, some people mentioned that holding a blow dryer to your TV will make it come back on. According to the tech-savvy people that could mean that your "solder joins" are cracked. So when they're cold they'll contract and lost the connection,and when you heat them up, they expand and reconnect where they are supposed to. I'm not tech savvy and this doesn't explain much to me, but it's interesting, and I'm sure somebody will go "aaah, I see...."

I'll quote a post from AVForums:

"The main components that wear out are the capacitors which, with aminimum amount of electronics knowledge and a suitable soldering iron(you need one with a tiny point, preferably a butane gas powered one)and a powerful magnifying glass. This must be self supporting or onethat hangs from a neck cord.

The capacitors and any other parts you need can be purchased very, verycheaply from rswww.com and they offer a free delivery service or, foran extra fee, a next day service!

When you remove the back panel from the TV, you will see a few circuitboards and you need to locate the one for the power supply.

On mine it is really obvious as it is situated at the top just left ofmiddle. They all have numbers printed on the circuit board. Mine are2662 (25V 1000 uF) 2663 and 2664 (both 50V 100uF)
The ones originally fitted are '85 deg C' but it is best to replacethem with ones that are '105 deg C' because they will last longer.

These '85 deg C caps' normally have a guaranteed life of of 1000 hours,whereas the '105 deg C' ones have a guaranteed life of 2000 hours!

This being the case, when Philips build the sets they know that theywill probably break down after a minimum of 1000 hours of use. If wesuppose that the caps last for twice their minimum life span (2000hours) and the TV is switched on for an average of 5 hours per day overthe year one, ore more, of them will probably fail in the secondquarter of the second year.

With this knowledge, for high cost items such as this, you would alwaysbe wise to take out an extended warranty and Philips, or any othermanufacturer, should be obliged to include an information card warningconsumers of this fact!

The Aluminium Electrolytic - Radial capacitors in question are,usually, 2 x 100uF. The voltage, I believe, depends on the screen size.My 42" screen requires 50V whereas the 32" version uses 25V caps.

There is also a larger 1000uF capacitor, of a similar type, that willbe sighted close to the other two. This seems to be 25V, whatever thescreen size!

The only thing you must remember when replacing these caps is that thelonger leg on the capacitor is 'Positive' and the shorter one is'Negative' and you must ensure that you do not damage the circuit track!

If you are careful and have a steady hand it is quite an easy job butif you are not too sure, you will probably be able to find a localrepairer that is able do the job.

However, you have to beware of the Companies that offer a service wherethey come and collect the tv for a set fee, usually just under £100!They then work out the cost of the repairs and, if you give them the goahead, they deduct the amount paid from the overall repair cost.

I have looked into many of these and, even if you agree to the repairestimate, usually in the region of £300, they never seem willing toguarantee the repair for longer than three months, six months at thevery most!

When you consider that these components cost a matter of pence you can see the value of trying to repair it yourself."

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Check this thread...i have the same problem.

http://www.avforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-400763.html

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I had the same problem, one minute the red flashing light then the tv would just go off. turned the tv off for 5 minutes then turned on all ok for couple of days. while watching the tv it sounds like crickets in the tv. I took the tv to a repair shop and they tell me the video card is on way out. also the power supply card is running out of time.
This means the gas has come to the end. All plasmas have 5000 hours of life spam so everybody looking just drop it on the screen and call your insurance for a new plasma, beware they only want to give you 500 so good luck.

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Hold down the power button on the remote until the light turns green then it will come on.

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