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Last night I decided to update the firmware. I downloaded it from Westinghouse's support site (version 2.18) to replace the version I had (2.04 I think) The first time, it went through and I walked away, when I came back the tv was on and still said 2.04. So I did it again, and it says it worked. Ever since then, the W loading screen comes on, then after that the tv screen just goes black with no sound or anything. How do I fix this!?!
 

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Its possible the tv blew a transformer and will need service, which is unfortunate because its a westinghouse. They don't do their own repairs. I have a 32 inch brick myself courtesy of a westinghouse firmware update. Anyway this transformer issue is something I read about in my search for answers to the Westinghouse connundrum. If the set is still under warranty, contact Westinghouse about getting it fixed, but read your warranty closely, they might not honor it, and if they do honor it, expect to shell out shipping and handling costs which can run up to 100$ from what I've read. And then you shouldnt be surprised if it takes a few months before you get a replacement, and that replacement is probably going to have issues since they wont give you a new set or just put new boards in it.


The other option is if you know a reputable tv repairman in your area, you can ask for an estimate. Replacing the board is expensive, up to 300$, and yet if you look around you will find that its unlikely that two of the same westinghouse sets have the same boards in them as I am finding out. It's possible that a repairman can just replace the transformer if thats the issue.
 

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There are two boards from what I read, one is the power supply, the second board, the one you probably need to replace is the one with all the av jacks.


The power board on my unit doesnt appear to have any chips and is the one that has four white plugs that hook direct into the screen. The Video board is hidden in the center under a metal casing. If yours is anything like mine, its not easy to remove as there are screws that hold the casing in, and cables, two grounded to the case, a third taped to the tv, more holding the board in place, and even more stablizing the jacks. There will be a nut on each coax connector, and posts for each pc style pin jack. All in all on my set there are about 35 screws and miscellany that need to be undone before you can look at removing the board as the chipset side of the board is positioned to the back of the unit. Also be very careful with removing the cables as the connector housing on the boards can come off with the cables and you'll want to make sure to note where the primary pin is in case the board doesnt clearly identify the 1 that matches up with the arrow on the cable housing.
 
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