How to Troubleshoot an LED That Blinks Six Times in a Philips 42 Inch Plasma HDTV

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How to Troubleshoot an LED That Blinks Six Times in a Philips 42 Inch Plasma HDTV
Your plasma television may eventually malfunction and need troubleshooting. (full hd lcd tv image by mattmatt73 from

A Philips 42-inch plasma TV was a very good piece of equipment when it first came out, which is why many people still do not want to replace it. As happens with many electronics after a few years of use, certain problems may arise with this TV. One is that the set may fail to power on. When a user encounters this, and sees a red light blink six times, at least one of the television's parts is close to failing. Commonly it is the capacitors on the main board.

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  1. 1

    Check that the power cable is properly connected to both the socket and the television. Also check the outlet by plugging in another electronic device, such as a cell phone, to ensure that it is getting power.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the power cable from the wall outlet and wait for 60 seconds. Plug it back into the wall outlet and switch on your television by pressing the power key on the remote control.

  3. 3

    Verify that the appropriate source is selected. The settings should indicate the source of the signal, such as your cable box, PC or DVD player.

  4. 4

    Go into the settings menu and check whether the child lock option is activated. An activated child lock will block the picture on certain channels.

Tips and warnings

  • If you possess technical skills and can determine that the problem is with the capacitors on the main board, replace them. Retailers such as Radio Shack and sell the parts. Check for the exact model when purchasing.
  • Call Philips, if it is under an extended warranty. This number can be found in the owner's manual or on the Internet. If your warranty has run out, find a local TV technician and ask him to run additional tests on the television.

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