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I have a VP322 32" Plasma TV with bad capacitors

I have a VP322 32" Plasma TV that is about 1.5 years old (so obviously out of warranty.) I already know it's the capacitors that need replacing and even know the ones that need replacing. *grin* Not bad for a girl, eh? haha

This is the list I have and the location of the capacitor:
Loc. V. uF Temp.
------ ------ ------ --------
C233 10V 3300 105 C(M)
C234 10V 1000 105 C(M)
C236 10V 1000 105 C(M)
C204 25V 1000 105 C(M)
C205 25V 1000 105 C(M)
C238 10V 470 105 C(M)
C241 10V 1000 105 C(M)

Those are all the capacitors that need replacing. I have been to several electronic stores in my area and no one... and I DO mean "NO ONE" has the parts I need. I want to purchase parts that are comparable, but have a higher temperature threshold because obviously that is the problem. There's no point in me replacing bad parts with the same parts that are also going to go bad in only a matter of time, so I want to replace the parts with a higher tolerance, higher temperature threshold, and if I have to use a higher voltage that's fine as long as I get the other two conditions.

Anyone have any idea where I can get what I need, or if they have the parts to sell? This is turning out to be more difficult just to get the parts than to do the actual repair. I already have a soldering tool. :o)

Thanks in advance to anyone who responds to my plea for help... (can you hear me now??) haha


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  • terrae May 30, 2010

    Well.. I haven't been able to find any for sale with the same specs.. and actually.. from everything I've read on here, and other forums as well, they have all said the same thing.. overheating of the powerboard.. and since the temp threshold is 105 degrees on ALL of these caps.. I can see why... I live in California and last year during the summer, it got to 110+ degrees here.. so that, coupled with the temp of the unit itself.. I can see why it would be a temp issue... just saying... it makes sense..

    As for the 10V.. if you are referring to how many bad ones I have on the powerboard.. there are 5, 10V caps that are bad... check the list of bad caps that I posted above.. it's not just the 10V caps that exploded.. there are also 2, 25V caps as well... none of the electronic shops around here have those voltage caps with a higher temperature threshold, they do not have a higher voltage cap with a higher temperature threshold either... so, I'm at a loss as to where to get what I need... as I said... I don't want to replace it with equivalent parts or I'm going to be doing this again... and having the same headache finding the parts I need...

    So, would prefer to fix it once and be done with it... right now, my TV is all torn apart and sitting in my room.. lol

    Thanks for responding... I really appreciate it... and I don't care if I have to buy the parts online, I just need to be able to buy parts that I can swap out for a higher quality and more tolerance, etc...

    So... my question is... what caps can I use that are:
    1) higher voltage and higher temp threshold for each of the caps that need replacing??

    2) Once I know what I need, since this is not my area of knowledge base, I have no idea where or how to order the necessary replacement caps...




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I just got off the phone with a Vizio rep - My VP322 also stopped powering on - 2 years and 2 days old. They are sending a repair person to fix the TV with NO charge to me. I had no problem with them, just called and told them what had happened (wouldnt power on), they took my information and informed me that they can authorize a courtesy repair for 1 year AFTER the warranty expires. They returned my call within 5 hours with the name of the company that will contact me to repair the TV in my house. I will let you know if they actually come through

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  • terrae Jun 30, 2010

    Morello, I had the same problem... it would turn on and off a gazillion times before it would stay on... then one day, it just would not stay on at all... took me 2 tries to get it right because this is just not my area of expertise... but I did finally get it right..... I replaced all the burnt out capacitors myself... all it took was a little time, capacitors with a higher voltage, and some soldering... but I did it... pretty proud of myself... I haven't seen too many females on here who take on repairing their own television sets.. ;o) Terrae


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Temp is not the problem you need to replace with higher voltage rating this is a 12v board how many 10v caps u gots?

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I had the very same problem and thanks to great advice from this forum and others, I fixed it! I simply looked for the bad capacitors (since it had no response at all when pressing the power button i assumed it was in that area), the ones that were bulged at the top. I got the specs from them which where clearly printed on the side, and ordered new ones from MCM Electronics. I'm no soldering whiz, but with some expert tutorials and videos, i have to say i did a darn good job and it works like a charm! BTW, someone had put it out at the trash, and i put it in my truck figuring what the heck. $20 (including shipping) later, and I have a $500 TV.

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  • Troy71Phin Aug 12, 2010

    I had the same problem with the capacitors. If its a "turns on/off/on/off" thing it sounds like capacitors to me (though not necessarily). Most other electronic devices either fail to the point of not working at all or not, caps will be intermittent at times, especially when heated to the point of "semi-failing". I found one of these TVs on the side of the road ready for the garbage man to pick up, so I put it in my truck figuring what the heck. It didn't turn on at all when i got home. Upon checking inside I noticed two capacitors on the power board bulged at the top (a sure sign of failure). I couldn't find any matching components locally so I ordered them through MCM Electronics (Good delivery time and service, highly recommended.) Long story short, $20 later I had a $500 TV.

  • Troy71Phin Aug 12, 2010

    oops, posted twice, sorry

  • terrae Aug 13, 2010

    Troy - that is GREAT! Wow... they lost a $500 TV set, and you got a $500 TV set for $20 - how can you beat that?! :o)


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