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Vizio VP42HDTV sound no picture

Tv has very low hour use in my bedroom (120 hrs.). Went to turn on and I had sound and no picture or menu display. Tried doing what Vizio says to do on there site unlug for 3 minutes to reset with no results. looked for blown fuse and they are still white. from what I have read on the forums it could be a bad power supply. Is there someting else I need to look at or should I just try changing out the power supply. Production date is October 2006 and like I say very low hours. Thanks for any help

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  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, I tried replacing the power supply but it didn't fix the problem. Did replacing the fuses work? Thanks

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2008

    Where do you find the fuses

  • Anonymous Jun 19, 2008

    When I first bought in 2006, I had the unit for about a week, and then the picture went out. I exchaned it at Costco, and the new one has been working ever since...until today. There was a click, and then there was no picutre, or any media, but the sound works fine.

  • md_briggs Jun 23, 2008

    I've had this same set for about 18 months. It worked fine until mid-week, and then the picture went out (sound still works fine). I reset the power by flipping the switch on my strip surge protector, turned it back on, and the picture came back (for about 45 minutes), and then went out again.

    This is the TV in my gym, so I only use it for about 60-90 minutes at a time.

    I'm guessing that its not fuses, and I would have thought that if the power supply was bad, resetting the Power (unplugging it) wouldn't bring the picture back.

    Any other ideas?

  • Brugg Dec 23, 2008

    Mine just went out today. I've had it since April of 2007. I watch it frequently, but still, it's quite new for a tv. The tv was fine, i walked into the other room but went i returned the sound was still on, but the screen was black. no menu shows up or any remote commands. it changes the channels and adjusts the volume, but has no picture whatsoever. Checked inputs and power source. Where are the fuses to check? i read that on another comment...

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. Vizio tech says he suspects that the backlight has failed and says I should have a pro come out and fix it on site.

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    I have this problem as well on my LCD HDTV. When I first turn on the tv, I will get sound with no picture. I then turn off, and turn back on; then I will get the picture again. I think something is going bad...

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    we are currently experiencing the same problem. we purchased our set in Feb of 07. we woke up this morning with sound and a black screen. it will not respond to the remote or any of the power buttons. i am just a bit angry right now to be friendly about it. has anyone found a resolution to this problem. is it just bad fuses?

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    42 inch HD flat screen worked great. The picture is now black. I called the service number and followed their directions to get the picture back.

    A waste of time. My Vizio is only 8 months old. I found the detailed warranty information online. I will never purchase this product again and I will tell my family and friends not to purchase the product.

  • Anonymous May 19, 2009

    I Have a Vizio VP42HDTV with no picture-just audio. I read a Lot of similar Posts and this is an LG made TV with notorous bad Y sustain board(has 1 blown fuse). You have to replace the Y and Z boards to be sure and it is very expensive. Visio and LG should pay for this-there are thousands of similar complaints and this is a factry defect-usually right after warranty expires.

  • r keel Jul 29, 2012

    I pulled the plug for 3 minutes and voila!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!

  • Clive Christie
    Clive Christie Apr 26, 2013

    if the set power up and the standby light change it is the z- sus board try changing the board and that will solve the prob i repair three ot those sets that way



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My VIZIO P42HDTV10A had sound but no picture. I checked the fuses with a continuity tester and found one of the fuses on the board that controls the picture was bad. With a little luck this will solve the problem, and save me a $400 repair with about an hour of my time and $3.00 spent at radio shack. The tester did cost me $19.00. So all together a $25 solution.

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  • thealiakbar May 07, 2011

    Where were the fuses? Are there schematics of the board that I can find online?


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Yes you need to check the fuses for continuity first. They may look good but could still be bad. Do that with an ohm meter. Let me know if you have one. Thank you and have a good day. jay

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