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Pioneer Plasma problems "Starting up. Please wait.", 12 Blinks, TVGuide, etc

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Ok. After reading what seems like a hundred threads on this issue, I thought I would summarize what I've learned in hopes that it might help someone (if not me). Below is what I've found relating to the "12 blinks," TVGuide, and "Starting up Please wait" issue.

Pioneer PDP5010FD. Unit is wall mounted, connected to analog cable (no cable card or digital cable box), HDMI is connected to a Pioneer Blu-Ray player. Power connected through a surge protector.

After powering the unit on it will display a black screen or (about 1 out of 3 times) display a small message "Starting up. Please wait." The message will disappear, but the unit is unresponsive to any remote or keypad input; it will then power down after 1-2 minutes. Once powered down, the blue light on the front panel will blink 12 times and pause.

When I unplug the unit (from cable and power), and plug back in 5-10 minutes later, the TVGuide screen will appear. In some instances, I can navigate back to the analog cable channels, however, if I navigate to the digital channels (my cable provider broadcasts local channels in digital), the unit returns to displaying a black screen and will no longer accept any input from the remote; it powers down within a minute or so.

The TVGuide feature worked up until about 2-3 months ago. I assumed Brighthouse had stopped broadcasting the TVGuide, but had no reason for concern as it affected the guide functionality.

POTENTIAL CAUSES (according to the many posts I've read...)
  • Issue relates to a TVGuide signal that was lost (or is no longer provided from the cable co) [I'm confused as I seem to have lost the TVGuide signal months ago...]
  • Issue relates to a faulty tuner

  • Power off and unplug the TV, wait 15 minutes. Re-connect and turn unit back on. [this doesn't seem to work for many people, but is the solution Pioneer Customer Support and the owner's manual recommends]
  • Do the factory reset procedure [this seems to work for some]
  • Disable the TVGuide [this doesn't seem to work for many; I could not figure out how]
  • Add an antenna [still need to try this; I gather this works if the problem is truly the TVGuide (not a system fault) AND the TVGuide signal is being broadcast over the air...]
  • Complete the firmware update [This seems to work for some; I have a request in to Pioneer for this update, although I've yet to confirm its existence and fear Pioneer will not offer it willingly]

Hopefully this will help someone...hasn't helped me yet. My next try is the antenna route...if that works, I'll request the firmware update. If not...it's the repair shop
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 
OK. I've done a couple things since the last post:

1) Called Pioneer to inquire about the firmware update for the PDP-5010FD. They interrupted me to explain that it was NOT a firmware issue...

2) Bought and connected an HD antenna with no success.

3) Downloaded the service manual and did some troubleshooting...all with no success.

The TV now turns on and will tune to the analog cable channels, but on digital channels, it goes black and powers down.

5) Finally broke down and called the Pioneer authorized service center (100 miles away). They listened to my discription of the problem and called Pioneer to verify their suspicions. They called back and recommended I download and install the firmware update. The only problem now...I CAN'T FIND THE FIRMWARE UPDATE!!!

The only firmware update I can find is the one on the Pioneer website...but it's for the PDP-5020FD, and mine is the PDP-5010FD.

Does anyone know? Can I use the PDP-5020 firmware updates for mine? And will they address my problem? Not until this have I ever seen a firmware udpate without a discription of what problems it resolves.
post #3 of 6
Irwin, I have had no success and like you have read TON's of posts to try to figure out WTF and I am getting very frustrated.
I see it has been several months now and was wondering if you had a solution to the problem of the 12 blinking lights and it not wanting to start up. Mine fits your discription exactly. Same unit, same problem. I purchased mine in the summer of "08".
post #4 of 6
One odd thing I finally ended up doing that worked was changing my zip code to one that the TV Guide liked. For some reason, the Guide didn't "see" my zip code as being one that existed, so I chose a next-door zip code that included a bigger geographical area and it has been working ever since.
The only glitch that has happened was when the local PBS station fried the transmitter that sends out the TV Guide information. That took a few months (it is of little importance to most television stations), but they finally got it up and running again.
post #5 of 6
I think i just found the solution to this problem........On the right side of the tv, at least on mine, about halfway up are some buttons, the top button says Standby/On....push it in and try turning the tv power on, if it doesn't turn on....push the Standby/On button again. This worked for me after trying everything else!! I have a Pioneer Plasma 5070HD. I hope this helps someone!
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Does anyone have the PDP-5010FD/6010FD Service manual and is willing to send it to me?  Please PM if so.  Thanks.

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