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POLAROID FLM-2601 - PLEASE READ !

I just repaired mine , Wouldn't power on and replaced 2 capacitors for less than $8.00 , email me at flafyrman37@yahoo.com with Polaroid FLM-2601 in the subject line and I will be happy to help with out any long winded reasons as to why a consumer shouldn't do this repair themself , Took me a whole 10 minutes for the relacement of the cap's ,They are not soldered on both sides of the board and unless you are totally bling anyone can tell the direction the cap's go on the board.

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  • flafyrman37 Aug 31, 2008

    I even have a service manual in pdf format if you need me to mail it electictronically to you

  • Anonymous Sep 18, 2008

    My FLM-2601 doesn't power on either.

    The tech said it needs a power supply.

    Is this part readily available?

  • detail911 Oct 14, 2008

    my screen all of a sudden will not turn on now as well. This is maybe 2 yrs old and I use it as my computer monitor. I hit the power button and a red light comes on, not the green power on light???? This thing is a piece of ****!

  • flafyrman37 Oct 15, 2008

    You can Google FLM-2601 and find power modules for this TV anywhere from I believe the lowest I found was $79 up $159.

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    We have 3 options with the tv,The cheap route,replace the
    capacitors.less than $15 for parts and shipping or The expensive way,Buy a
    replacement power module for under $100,it's plug&play but still need to go
    through the trouble to take the back off,Or The more expensive route is to pay
    hour bench time for a tv repair shop if you can find one that will do
    electronics work,most will replace the whole module themselves and charge at
    least a 50% markup on the price of the part.



    Here is the link to the parts I bought online and their shipping was
    fairly quick to me :


    http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/31...



    First,remove the tv stand then take the back off the tv,about 54 screws
    and look everywhere for screws,especially on the sides at the input/output
    connections,all the little silver screws and there's a chrome metal bracket
    that needs to come off, Gently work the back off and watch for the small
    control panel thats screwed to the inside of the tv,controls the
    power,channel,volume,etc buttons,Not sure if it un-plugs but I just pulled the
    2 screws out, Keep in mind to do all of this looking at the back of the tv
    right side up/upright ,just as you watch tv from the front.



    Now that the back is off there's a metal swing-arm support bracket inside
    that needs to come off.From there you'll see 3 modules,follow where the power
    cord plugs into the back of the tv up to the center/smaller module,Unplug all
    the connectors going to it,about 4 I believe and they all only plug in 1 way so
    it's hard to not be able to figure out where they go,The module will need to
    come out/off the tv and onto your bench/desk to work on , Remove the outer
    screws to remove the black outer cover,Once you're looking at the inside of the
    power module I believe there is 4 screws holding the pcb/circuit board to the
    inner aluminum box and 4 or 5 silver clips along the outer edge,all need to
    come off to get the circuit board out.



    Once the board is out still oriented the correct way and looking at the
    upper left corner will be the two identicle capacitors that need to be
    replaced,You can tell by looking at the flat top of them,if they're bad the top
    will be "puffed" up,Not only are they soldered to the circuit board
    but also glued to it on the top side under the capacitor so you'll need a pair
    of fine point needle nose pliers or what I used is a small set of forceps which
    are also available at Radio Shack or even Walmart stores,Anyway,you'll need to
    dig out the white glue,I believe it's a type of hot melt glue so it's
    semi-soft/pliable.



    Once the glue is out of the way I took my pre-heated fine tip soldering
    iron and touched the back side of the capacitors to free the solder points,On
    the soldered side of the pcb board will be marked with a dotted outline circle
    of where the capacitor is located, Make sure you pay attention to the stripe
    location on the old and new capacitor and make sure the new capacitors go in
    the same direction the old ones come out,they are polarity concious.



    The new capacitors are a little taller , From here you have 2
    choices,with the length of the new pins on the capacitors you could solder them
    in and lay them over or push the pins through and the capacitor as close to the
    board as possible which is the way I did mine, If you stand them upright then
    when putting the outer cover on the module you'll need to "notch out the
    corner around the new capacitors,I used a Dremel on mine just to get a clean
    straight cut,It is thin enough you can use a pair of sheet metal snips on and
    don't worry, The back of the tv will still fit back on,



    If you get stuck somewhere in the process,shoot me another email,I'm at 1 of
    our slower stations and will try to reply as quick as possible,If all else
    fails I work 24 on and 48 off,

    Now i'm going to copy&paste these directions to a word document for
    the next person who ask's for them




  • preludedez Feb 23, 2009

    I am looking at the tops and they are not puffed. I am going to replace them anyway and hope tihs works for me.

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