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post #1 of 19
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I have a Panasonic 42" plasma TH42PZ77U that I bought in 2007. In 2009 I had the SC Board replaced under warranty when I lost the picture and sound and the LED blinked 7 times. The same thing happened again this month. Assuming the SC Board was again the problem, I pulled it (since the warranty has expired) and had it refurbished. I just reinstalled the refurbished board and while the set still won't turn on, the LED now blinks 10 times instead of 7. I read online that the 10 blinks may be due to a bad power supply board. Before I pull it, is there a way to test it without taking it out of the TV? Has anyone else had this same problem with the LED going from 7 to 10 blinks? Thanks.
post #2 of 19
You'd get more help if you put your question in the subject line.

Here's thread that you should read, as well as post your questions in:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...001318&page=37
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by DottieG View Post

I have a Panasonic 42" plasma TH42PZ77U ... Assuming the SC Board was again the problem, I pulled it (since the warranty has expired) and had it refurbished. I just reinstalled the refurbished board and while the set still won't turn on, the LED now blinks 10 times instead of 7.

This forum has a few posts that state your model TV suffers from bad firmware that can destroy the SC board and other components. Panasonic apparently has extended the warranty to cover this issue, and has replaced the SC board and firmware in those cases. Here is one post where Panasonic covered the repair.

You may wish to contact Panasonic and see if your TV is covered.

Here is a Craigslist's ad that is selling the same TV as yours, a tech stating that after replacement of the SC board, the power supply board will need to be replaced because of 10 blinks.

Also, there are technical guides available to aid in further diagnosis.

Panasonic TH-42PZ77U Service Manual

Panasonic 10th Generation Technical Guide #1

Panasonic 10th Generation Technical Guide #2
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for getting back to me so fast. I'll start with a call to Panasonic and see what happens from there. I do appreciate your advice.
post #5 of 19
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I called Panasonic and they're only repairing 7 blink, not 10 blink problems. I then followed the flowchart for the 10 blink problem and the only time the tv shuts off is when the SC board is connected. This leads me to believe the SC board is still defective. I don't think the power supply board is bad because it keeps the fans running when there's no power to the SC board. Can you recommend someone who can provide me with a fully functioning SC board? Thanks.
post #6 of 19
The two websites that seem to be mentioned most on this forum, other than eBay, is ShopJimmy, and Discount Merchant.
post #7 of 19
It is really sad that you didn't know about Panasonic's extended warranty. Here is another member who had his TH-42PZ77U repaired for free by Panasonic.

I wonder if your repaired SC board might have fried the power supply?
post #8 of 19
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I'm not sure the power board is fried....would it power the fans if it was? Is there a simply test to determine if the power board is OK? Thanks.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Panasonic came out and fixed my set for free. It was the SC board after all which was great because they would have charged me if it had been anything else. Not a bad result. Thanks.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by DottieG View Post

Panasonic came out and fixed my set for free. It was the SC board after all which was great because they would have charged me if it had been anything else. Not a bad result. Thanks.

happy ending
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by DottieG View Post

Panasonic came out and fixed my set for free. It was the SC board after all which was great because they would have charged me if it had been anything else. Not a bad result. Thanks.

Happy that Panasonic stepped up to the plate and helped you out. I just hope they installed the newer firmware, so that it doesn't happen again.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by tomwil View Post

Happy that Panasonic stepped up to the plate and helped you out. I just hope they installed the newer firmware, so that it doesn't happen again.

Good point! If they didn't, OP can/should go to Panasonic's website, download it and install it. That is what I had to do after they replaced my board without updating the firmware.
post #13 of 19
Guys,
My Panasonic 42" just died with 7 flashes any suggestions on how to fix this myself? Thanks in advance.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by grhughes2 View Post

Guys, My Panasonic 42" just died with 7 flashes any suggestions on how to fix this myself?

What's the exact model number?
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

What's the exact model number?

It's a TH-42PZ700U manufactured October 2007
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by grhughes2 View Post

It's a TH-42PZ700U manufactured October 2007

That's one of the models that Panasonic has been repairing at no charge when it has the 7 blink issue. Scroll up to my post #2 above and click the link for the other thread with info about it.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

That's one of the models that Panasonic has been repairing at no charge when it has the 7 blink issue. Scroll up to my post #2 above and click the link for the other thread with info about it.

Thanks but that thread has 40 pages any clues as to which page range to check? Thanks again.
post #18 of 19
Well good news. Called Panasonic and they are sending someone out on Friday to replace the SC board. Let's hope this fixes the issue. Thanks for the info guys.
post #19 of 19
Sorry for bringing this up from the dead.. But I just wanted to let y'all know, that I bought my PZ77U in 2007 and today I got the 7 blink of death. I called panasonic, and they will be sending someone out (in a week).

I highly recommend anyone finding this thread by googling TNPA4251, or TH-42PZ77U to give Panasonic a call. They seem to be quite willing to work with you.

BTW. I did _NOT_ have the upgraded firmware, which was released in 2008.
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