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I have a Vizio VW42LFHDTV10A. I have sound, can change the channels but cannot see any picture. When I shine a high intensity light at an angle about 1 inch from the screen in a totally dark room, I can sometimes see a faint image if the image is black lettering on a white background. Otherwise, I can't see anything. Looking at the back of the set, I can see a blue light flash on and then off when the power is turned on. I haven't checked anything else at this point.

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It can be the 24vdc power supply for the backlights is bad, may be due to bad caps), or bad backlights inverter boards due to shorted circuits. You need more in-depth troubleshooting.
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Learn about bad caps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague
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Or www.digikey.com, just make sure to use caps with low ESR, 105c, high ripple current and long life rating such as PANASONIC FM or FC series.

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