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I just found this 40 inch Hitachi Mod 42HDS69 at an ewaste

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I just found this 40 inch Hitachi Mod 42HDS69 at an ewaste drop off site. I plugged it in the stand by light won't come on. I tried two AC cords.
JA: Can you guesstimate how old your Hitachi is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?
Customer: It shows November 200i8
JA: Does the TV menu work? Do you have the same problem on all sources/inputs?
Customer: 2006
JA: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: The tv does not turn on at all.
JA: Anything else you want the TV expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: I just found this tv from an ewaste drop off site tonight.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: TV
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 month ago.

Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this but I'll do my best to help you.

Expert:  Nathan replied 1 month ago.

Unfortunately, the issues you are experiencing are symptomatic of an internal hardware defect, often a faulty power supply or main/control board, though there are many possible failure points. This issue could be a manufacturing defect, but is also often caused by a power event (shock/surge, prolonged over/under voltage condition, etc).

This could also be the result of age related wear and tear; as a 2006 model tv, that type of failure wouldn’t be surprising; this tv is over double its service life at this point, so seeing it having failed and ended up on the curb is to be expected.

There is one step you can take here, both as a possible fix, as well as a diagnostic evaluation:
1) Unplug the power cord from the outlet

2) Wait at least 1 hour (60+ Minutes)

3) Press and hold the power button (on the set, not the remote) for 60 seconds
4) Keep holding power button while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after. When plugging back in, go directly to the wall outlet, bypassing any power strips or surge protectors.

If this reset process does not work, it would unfortunately confirm an internal hardware failure.

This is something that would require repairs to correct; if you're thinking about a do it yourself repair, you'll need to be comfortable and skilled with electronics repairs, which could include dismantling the set (removing the back panel of the tv), diagnostics testing with a multimeter, changing out boards as needed, and possibly desoldering/removing and soldering/replacing individual components.

If you’re considering repair at a local shop, you’ll find a typical repair to be around $300 for diagnostics, parts, and labor.

For a tv of this size/age however, replacement will make more sense. You can get a brand new LED tv with a fresh warranty in the $300 range.

Depending how you’d like to proceed here, I can help with finding parts, finding a repair shop, or recommending replacement options. Just let me know.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,


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