Bad News on the Sony TV Front

by Michael on November 9, 2009 · 12 comments

Just a quick followup to me earlier post about a Sony TV that won’t turn on… We’ve been swamped and unable to do any TV shopping, so we’ve been limping along with the hair dryer fix. Unfortunately, the problem is getting worse.

While we were originally able to get the TV to turn on after 2-3 minutes with the blow dryer, it’s now taking 5-10 minutes. I’m embarrassed to admit that we’ve actually resorted to leaving it on when we leave the room instead of struggling to turn it back on when we need it.

To make this work without being annoying, we switch it over to an input source that’s not currently in use. That way have dead silence and a black screen (aside from a bit of green text). Yes, it’s a waste of electricity, but at least we now have a bit of extra motivation to solve the problem.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Ravens fan in PA September 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

How long were you able to “limp along” before your Sony gave up the ghost? (If Sony ever wants to see our business again, they had better get on the move for customer service on these widespread design flaws.)


Tom Steele December 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I am having the same problem, and the same solution, with my Sony 36″ Wega TV as Jammer(Six). We have replaced it with a newer flat screen model, but cannot give more business to Sony because of this. In fact, I’ll probably avoid all Sony purchases in the future, as this was a very expensive mistake….$2000.00. It lasted eight years, so I should probably not feel cheated, but the fact that it’s happened to so many customers makes it Sony’s problem, not mine. If it were in isolated issue, to myself only, I’d merely get it fixed and call it a day. However, this is a known bug, and Sony refuses to address it. Sorry, Sony…I’m taking my hard-earned dollars somewhere else.


jane December 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

We have the same problem. We have a huge rear-projection TV that won’t turn on, sitting in the living room. Such a pain to take it out but I don’t want to pay a lot to fix it if its only going to have more problems soon. I guess I’ll try the hair dryer fix but doubt it will work since it’s December and the humidity is low.


Herb February 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

Add me to the list with the same ‘no start’ problem with a Sony KV-36XBR400l, mfg’d. in Nov., 2000. Initially punches out a 4-blink code, then follows up with 7 blinks. Tried the hair-dryer routine, to no avail.


Andy February 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Our Sony flat screen Bravia was 3 years old and stopped working. I was told it was one of the florescent tubes that provide light to the picture and that it would cost around $1,200.00. Outrageous!


Terry April 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

How about Pulling the power supply out turn your oven on to 400f stick that sucker in for 10 min on tin foil take out let cool refit and try i did this with my HP Pavilion 3 months ago and its still working fine good luck. PS i own a Sony Bravia 32in lcd and it worked And to Andy there are no fluro lights in Sony Bravia tvs someones telling you porkies


tracey December 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

oh my goodness! same problem with our sony tv. decided to move furniture around and unplugged tv. Big mistake, probably won’t come back on until 24 hours. We have been letting it stay on 24/7 and just power down our cable box. Leaving screen black and silent. Its so heavy to lift. Big waste of money. Sony should be top of the line. So I thought.


kirt March 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

Definitely have said goodbye to Sony products. After too many problems with their model KDS-R50XBR1 and lots of money spent it seems to have finally died. Just a black screen, no blinking lights on front panel. Nothing!! Yes, Outlet has power. This happened after a power outage.


Dean September 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I have had this problem since i bouth mine but after 20 mins or so it always turned on. (i had the 7 light code in Jan. 2013
i replaced the 2 IC’s took abot 45 mins very easy. )
But now my Tv will not turn on,i will try the dryer trick.
My GF had the window open behind tv ,so condensation,humidity may very well be the culprit.
Plus she still has heat off very damp in her house.
So if its cool in your home and you turn off tv thats on for a while its quite warm,so it could condense while your out ie. moisture
just a thuoght
luck to all that trys.
i will return and post results


deryl case April 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

I couldn’t believe the hair dryer trick worked ….now let us see how long it last……thank you for the many good suggestions….maybe next stop for the Sony is the gun range….


Dan January 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I am so upset! Sony should be ashame. I cant believe that they wont fix the problem


Tom Steele January 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Sony is dead to me. Especially after the latest publicity stunt with “The Interview.” (Which I saw 15 minutes of and couldn’t take anymore.) Sony was hacked by North Korea? Laugh-Out-Loud!!! Sure, you were! And fairies are living in my shed. Sorry, Sony….now I won’t buy your products or see another movie made by you. I don’t see Sony lasting much longer.


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