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I have a Panasonic TH-42PX70A plasma flat screen - the

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I have a Panasonic...

I have a Panasonic TH-42PX70A plasma flat screen - the picture has gone - not even the menu or guide apoear

Technician's Assistant: How old is your TH-42PX70A?

2007

Technician's Assistant: Does the TV menu work? Do you have the same problem on all sources/inputs?

No

Technician's Assistant: How long has this been an issue with your TH-42PX70A? What happened right before this?

Nothing i can think of - it worked one night- the next not but then it worked again for a couple of hours on thursdat

Technician's Assistant: Anything else you want the TV Expert to know before I connect you?

Sound works om

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: TV
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TV Technician: Nathan, Installer replied 6 months ago
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TV Technician: Nathan, Installer replied 6 months ago

Unfortunately, the issues you are experiencing are symptomatic of an internal hardware defect, meaning a faulty sustain 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 2007 model tv, that type of failure wouldn’t be surprising. This tv is well over double its service life at this point and plasma technology is long obsolete.

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 $400 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.

I can help you with finding parts, finding a repair shop, or recommending replacement options, if desired.

My apologies for the news,

Nathan

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TV Technician: Nathan, Installer replied 6 months ago

Hello, it appears your question is still open.

Do you need more help with this?

Please note: You have already paid your fees to the site; I'd like to help you and provide value for that fee, but I do need to communicate with you here to do so, if more help is needed.

Nathan

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