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Unless you are skilled at trouble shooting power supplies , you will be better off getting a skilled repair center to repair yourset. If its repairable I have seen surges from lightning strikes make the set no longer cost effective to repair.

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Our electricity went out for a few minutes, and since then the TV will not turn on. The green light is flashing. We tried resetting it by pushing a pen point into the reset hole, but it does nothing. ...


Your power outage may have been caused by a nearby lightning strike, or any number of
1000 different reasons that cause power surges, brown-outs, voltage spikes, inductive loading,
and/or utility pole breaker trips and resets (this accounts for your power loss (a pole breaker trip),
followed by restoration of power (the pole breaker automatically reset) - even plain old high electrical demand causing an overload due to air conditioning demands caused by hot weather.
When the pole breaker reset, your TV caught a power surge.
Whenever a power outage occurs, quickly power off (or better, unplug) any/all computers, TVs,
etc. that are not protected by surge-protection.
As an electrician, when someone loses an item of electronics concommitant to an electrical
anomaly, its almost
always traceable to a nearby lightning strike (or the power company provided equivalent), accompanied by inadequate surge protection for
the VCR/TV/Computer/Stereo/uninsured valuable electronic item/XBOX 360/Nintendo Wii.
Surge protection can
be provided by the consumer at the power strip (a good one with builtin MOV protection and a
warranty costs $20, whereas a zero-protection 4-outlet or 6-outlet power strip will cost $4-$5).
Your electrician can provide whole-house surge protection where a whole-house MOV-based (metal oxide varistor) surge protector, or per-circuit protection can be installed with
a GFCI breaker (or better, an AFCI breaker) can be installed.
GFCI = ground fault circuit interruptor
AFCI = Arc fault circuit interruptor
Lightning protection is especially important in Florida, which is the "lightning capital of the world."
I've never found a good solution to lightning-fried electronics (random power supply components are destroyed and/or fuse blown), other than renters insurance or homeowners insurance.

Your only real hope for an economical fix is to look for a blown fuse, and replace it.

If desperate to attempt a fix on your own, you could try replacing the entire TV power supply as a module, but even this provides
no guarantee of a fix - lightning damage can extend beyond the power supply.
When traveling, I will always unplug everything before I leave (except the security system),
and also turn off the breakers to unneeded house circuits (which kills the wall switches that
control interior lighting - forcing a burglar to use their flashlight instead of interior lighting)
which is the least convenient lightning protection, but highly effective, and cheap (free).

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Won't turn on. No click, no power light, nothing.


dear,

check its fuse first..yes, the basic thing is fuse..if its ok then we will do further..

regards,

Oct 12, 2008 | Toshiba 57H82 57" Rear Projection...

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The kids left the tv on all night and turned off in the morning. Next time we tried to use it, we had no picture (blank screen) and no sound, but the power light does come on. Where can I start looking for...


I don't know of a parts outlet but searching will find this part. I am betting that you blew out the video card itself. This usually happens with a lightning strike or a power surge and a power surge strip you buy from a home center is not what it advertises and will not work. It will be obvious if you pull the back off of the TV and look at the input cards, one of them should be fried. If you find the fried one you can pull it, take off the part number and start looking for a replacement. These cards can be fixed but it will take someone that knows what they are doing and a ton of patients.

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Have a Toshiba MW24F11 combo tv. Near lightning strike through surge suppressor. Will not turn on. 6.3 amp fuse blown; replace, blew again. Next step, or start looking for replacement. Set is 25...


power surges generally damage diodes and capacitors causing the fuse to blow, any reputable tv shop can repair for a fraction of replacing this set.

Sep 15, 2008 | Televison & Video

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Lightning struck the cable tv line coming into the house. All of the electronics connected to the cable quit working. I took the back off of one of the tvs, and could not find any sign of scotch, burn,...


A lot of electronic devices have built-in on-board surge suppressors such as MOV's, and avalanche diodes - these could get damaged during a lightning strike. Fuses are another possibility. Beyond that, gotta take out your DMM and oscilloscope and start troubleshooting, or see a technician.

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Will not turn on


Yes this would have damaged the tv IC"s and power unit of the tv you need get it serviced ...............

Jun 14, 2008 | Hitachi 60SBX72B 60" Rear Projection...

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Lightning Problem


I HAVE A 61" RCA INFOCUS ALL THE LIGHTS IN FRONT OF THE TV IS BLUE YOU UN PLUG IT AND PLUG IT BACK IN IT STAYS BLUE. YOU CANT TURN IT OFFOR ON

Apr 14, 2008 | RCA HD61THW263 61" Rear Projection HDTV

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Dura brand bh2004d will not come on custamer said lighting hit it but the fuse was not blown.


If the TV was not on a surge protector during a lightning strike there could be more wrong than just a fuse. Any number of components could have gone I.E. capacitors, relays, or transistors. Unless you have extensive troubleshooting skills down to the component level...i would just call it a loss.

Feb 22, 2008 | Televison & Video

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Rca hd61thw263 61 in. dlp


Seems a lightning strike took out my bulb
eventhough i have a surge protector.
after replacing the bulb perhaps 1 hour later a shadow began to appear at the top of the screen and progressed slowly down until only the edges are visible.
please can you help?

Sep 09, 2007 | RCA HD61THW263 61" Rear Projection HDTV

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No power to my tv


The reason could have been a power surge(lost power in the whole house while you were out)or a lightning strike specially if you have no indication of power(no lights,no click sound),if this is the case you can start by checking the main fuse and it should be close to where the power cord comes in the tv,if the fuse is black you can expect more damage ahead and it will blow up again as soon as you replace it,if the fuse is not black replace it with the same kind and try it,if the unit does not power up you will need the assistance of a service technician to diagnose the problem.

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