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Tv comes on for 3-4 seconds and shuts itself off. repeat repeat etc

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Hi,
You have to check the back light inverter of your lcd tv. In all lcd tvs there are back lights to illuminate the pixels. There are two types of back lighting in use . CCFL ( cold cathode fluorescent lamp) and LED (light emitting diode). In you your tv it will be CCFL. If it is CCFL then it need an inverter (voltage step up circuit) for getting its working voltages. Normally it will produce above 1000V in low current. In the inverter circuit there will be inverter transformers. If the winding of the transformer get shorted then the inverter will drain a high current from the power supply. If so then the current sensing circuit senses the same and it will shut down the power supply. That's why it do the cycle ON an OFF repeatedly.
Just check the inverter board. Normally there will be three circuit boards in LCD TV. Mother board, SMPS (switch mode power supply) and inverter board. In some tvs the SMPS and inverter bord will com-pained as one board. you have to check the inverter transformers. there will be 4 or 6 inverter transformers. if available replace the inverter board as a whole.
Also check the electrolytic capacitors in the power supply. if any of the capacitor seems like one that in the picture, then replace the same and then only go for the inverter board.



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There's a good chance you have failing electrolytic capacitors either in the power section or the inverter section or both.
Any caps in these sections that look bulged at the top, or bulged/leaking at the bottom need to be replaced.
If you repeatedly turn it off and on, eventually it'll probably stay on, but every time you turn it off, the TV will get harder and harder to start up until one day it just won't.
Sometimes you have to do the opposite to start it up and unplug it for some time and then try again.

If you aren't tech savvy, don't worry, read the rest of this solution and watch the videos.

If you are handy with a soldering iron and can identify the power supply and inverter / FM section for the backlights, an inexpensive handful of capacitors will likely fix you right up.
Match the capacitance on the capacitors. Go over voltage if you can, and still have them fit.
IE - it's not a bad idea to replace a 10V cap with a 16V or 25V or even a 50V, but don't replace a 680uF cap with a 500uF or a 1000uF (unless you are positive it's only doing ripple filtering, and even then, you should go OVER, not under the uF rating).

Most of the caps that go are 10V 1000uF or 3300uF.

I found some great videos of the procedure (for many Samsungs with the same issue) on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm51C_RDIZE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHHrgX_6cs&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l0AUj8QUkg&NR=1&feature=fvwp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7b_nTaZYcU&feature=related

As you can see, this issue spans plasma TVs, as well as large and small LCD TVs and monitors.
The parts are cheap, and skill required is minimal.

Posted on May 27, 2011

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