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Hi, my vizio 50" plasma just made a loud pop sound and then the picture disappeared. the set powers up but no picture and no sound. How can this be fixed. how much will it cost to call vizio to come fix it. Any ideas, comments.? thanks


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  • MARIO ALVARADO Feb 14, 2007

    Thanks for your quick reply. We will check with Vizio and keep your service in mind.

  • atimere Feb 21, 2008

    Vizio plasma 42in model # P42 SP42A input 100-240VAC47-63hz 5.0 amps manufactered 2004

    Watching tv and the picture disappeared BUT the audio can still be heard. I think it might be the power supply or video board

    Steps taken

    unpluged power cord from outlet

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    I was watching the tele. and heard a click as the one when you turn on the tele. I lost the picture but can still have sound. What can I do? Is it fixable?
    How much? How do I need to call? I'm in Havelock, N.C. 28532.
    I unplugged everything and turn on again, I call the local time warner cable. co.

  • cwoods98 Feb 29, 2008

    I have the same problem, unit powers-up has audio with no picture. When I power down, the green light flashes 10 times then turns yellow. I replaced the power supply board from Vance Electronics, they are the distributor for Vizio replacement parts. After the board swap there was no change.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2008

    Exact same problem with my 50" Vizio Plasma. Heard a loud pop and the picture dissappeared. My set powers up, I have sound but no picture. I called Vizio, since my set is outside warranty, they gave me the # of an outfit that fixes out of warranty Vizios and they quoted me $815 to fix. I was so close to buying another another set, now I have to really think about it. Will Vizio extend warranty on a recurring problem?

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2008

    We have a 50" Vizio. We have had no problems until now. The television went black. We do have sound. HELP!!!

  • Enriko Apr 20, 2008

    Heard a loud pop also. Then no picture. The support at Vizio said it was the "y" or "Z" board. Very expensive part. Sounds like this is a very common problem with this model. Vizio said they would not help me because it is out of warranty. It looks like many people are having the exact same problem.

  • mjl92 May 17, 2008

    I have a 2 1/2 year old 50 Vizio Plazma TV. I just heard a loud pop inside the TV as well. The TV still powers up and has a picture, but the color is poor and the picture quality is poor.

  • mad201 Jun 03, 2008

    Heard a loud pop also. My 37" is about 2 years old. Sound went out and picture is poor. TV turns off when switching channels. Vizio told me it was main control board. Almost as much as buying a new TV. No more Vizios for me.

  • shakena Jun 11, 2008

    I have the same problem with my Vizio 50" plasma, but get this this is the 2nd one that went out on me. I thought that I had gotten a bad on one the first time but I got the 2nd one home and a month in a half later it broke. The 1st went out while my daughter was watching cartoons. She started yelling that it cut itself off and wouldn't come back on. The power light was on for standby but i couldn't turn it on. I tried plugging it into a different outlet to see if that could have been the problem and that didn't work. I tried unplugging and replugging all the cords in the back to different receivers and that didn't work. I called the Vizio company and they didn't help: they asked if I had a warranty and if so to go get another one. I do have a warranty and they let me get another one; so that is what I did. I got the 2nd one home and my husband told me that I turned itself off and I thought this had to be bad news. It worked after that, but two days later, after returning home from the store, I turned the TV on only to get sound with no picture. That's when I decided to look for reviews on this TV. This time I refused to try to see if I could fix it, cause I don't even want it anymore. This is a heavy TV to keep lifting and carrying back to the store. Low and behold here it is, the TVs all have the same problems. If you are on the market to buy a 50" plasma TV this is not the one you want! Lesson Learned check reviews 1st then buy.

  • victcosc Oct 02, 2008

    This is crazy! I got two popping noises and the pitcher went out. It came back on after a while but now the pitcher is real dark. What can I do?

  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    Wow, indeed. I bought one (50") in 2005, now, 2 loud pops, screen is dim, not watchable. I do have 5 year warranty, will give them a call. If the problem is that a capacitor blew out, it is really unfortunate for an expensive (at the time any way) TV to have such a problem that the end result is disaster for end users.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    How do you piggyback F3 fuse or take it out?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Sound comes on and "thank you for your patience" notes but picture won't stay on



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Wow. This is more comon than I thought. My 50" Vizio plasma just went out as will after a loud pop noise. Power button is still lit. Sound continue to come through but no picture. I will dig into it and see if I can find a appropriate solution.

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The power supply in these sets have had bad electrolytic capacitors which short and actually blow their top because of increased pressure. Only part of the switching power supply is now running so you may see a power light but nothing else. I am not sure what Vizio would charge to replace the cap or supply. If this is the case, we would charge for 1 hour labor ($120.00) and for the capacitor ($3-4.00)unless the manufacturer recommends replacement of the power supply. Hope this helps you. Joe Weibel Custom Electronics (

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  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2007


    The service bulletin issued indicates the problem was resolved a the factory beginning with serial number 133_____. Excessive heat from poor ventilation contributes to this problem as well.
    Hope this helps you.

    Joe Weibel




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My set turns green some times.we turn it off and back on and this helps for a while and then starts all over the set is only 6 months old. Vizio 47" any buddy having the same problem??

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