Technical Guide

Plasma Training Course
TH-37PX50U, TH-42PD50U, TH-42PX50U, TH-42PX500U, TH-50PX50U, TH-50PX500U GP8DU and GPH8DU Chassis

Troubleshooting

Panasonic Services Company
National Training

Prepared by Jean Magloire & Cesar Perdomo Panasonic Services Company National Training

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Warning
This service information is designed for experienced repair technicians only and is not designed for use by the general public. It does not contain warnings or cautions to advise non-technical individuals of potential dangers in attempting to service a product. Products powered by electricity should be serviced or repaired only by experienced professional technicians. Any attempt to service or repair the product or products dealt with in this service information by anyone else could result in serious injury or death.

Table of Contents
Objective ........................................................................................................................ 1 Specifications (Models Comparison) .......................................................................... 2 Safety Precautions ........................................................................................................ 3 TH-42PD50U Board Description and Part Numbers ................................................... 4 TH-42PX500U Board Description and Part Numbers ................................................. 5 TH-50PX500 Board Description and Part Numbers.................................................... 6 Power Supply Outline for 42”and 50” Models ............................................................ 7 Standby Circuit......................................................................................................... 8 Power On Operation .............................................................................................. 12 Power Supply Connections........................................................................................ 15 P Board .................................................................................................................. 15 PA Board................................................................................................................ 16 PB Board................................................................................................................ 17 TH-42PX500U Block Diagram..................................................................................... 18 TH-42PX50U Block Diagram....................................................................................... 21 TH-42PD50U Block Diagram....................................................................................... 23 Video Input Selection Block Diagram........................................................................ 25 Audio Input Selection Block Diagram ....................................................................... 26 ATSC, SD and PC Card Input Signal Flow ................................................................ 27 DG Board Block Diagram ........................................................................................... 28 Signal Process Circuit ................................................................................................ 30 Main Picture Signal Flow........................................................................................ 30 Sub Picture Signal Flow ......................................................................................... 30 RGB Processor ...................................................................................................... 31 D Board Block Diagram .............................................................................................. 32 C1 Board Block Diagram ............................................................................................ 33 SC Board Explanation................................................................................................. 34 SC board Waveform............................................................................................... 35

SU And SD Board Shift Registers .......................................................................... 35 SS Board Explanation................................................................................................. 37 SS Board Schematic .............................................................................................. 38 SS Board Waveform .............................................................................................. 38 TH-42/50PX500U .......................................................................................................... 40 Power LED Flashing timing chart .............................................................................. 40 SOS Detection Circuits ............................................................................................... 41 SOS Detect (D Board)............................................................................................ 41 SOS Detect (DG Board)......................................................................................... 41 SOS Detect (D and PA Board) ............................................................................... 42 PA Board SOS Detection Circuits.............................................................................. 43 Over-Voltage Detection of Main Voltage (10 Blinks) .............................................. 43 Short Circuit Detection of Main Voltage (10 Blinks)................................................ 44 Short Circuit Detection of Sub-voltage (10 Blinks) ................................................. 45 Other SOS Detection Circuits .................................................................................... 46 SOS Detect (P, SC, and SS Board) ....................................................................... 46 P Board SOS Detection ......................................................................................... 47 Voltage Distribution of the PA board and SOS Detection ....................................... 48 Z Board (Sound) SOS Detection ............................................................................... 50 TH-42/50PX500U Self-check Function (Reset) .......................................................... 51 Diagnostic Procedures ........................................................................................... 51 How to access the Self-check Screen (Reset) ....................................................... 51 How to exit the Self-check Screen ......................................................................... 51 Screen Display ......................................................................................................... 51 TH-42PD50U................................................................................................................. 53 Power LED Flashing timing chart .............................................................................. 53 TH-42/50PD50U Self-check Function......................................................................... 54 Diagnostic Procedures ........................................................................................... 54 How to access the Self-check Screen (Reset) ....................................................... 54 How to exit the Self-check Screen ......................................................................... 54 Screen Display ......................................................................................................... 54 Serviceman Mode........................................................................................................ 56 How to enter the Serviceman Mode ....................................................................... 56 Adjustment method ................................................................................................ 56 Cancellation ........................................................................................................... 56

............................... 80 ................................................ 77 How to determine whether the D board or SS board is defective?.................................................................................................................................................................................C. 57 Adjustments ................................................................. 73 No picture.......................... sound ok .................................................................................................................... 60 Adjustment Volume Locations...... 66 Scan and Sustain Drive Check points .............. 62 Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................................................B......................... 56 Internal Pattern Generator ...................... 63 No Picture or Partial Picture ..................................................... (Printed Circuit Board) exchange procedure .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 74 How to determine whether the D board or SC board is defective?...................................................................................................................................................................... 71 Picture ok................................................................. 58 Initialization Pulse Adjustment .................................................... 59 P................................................................ 75 Additional Troubleshooting Hints............. 63 Scan and Sustain Drive Waveform ........................................................................... 58 Driver Set-up ............................................................. 79 Glossary and Acronyms ... 78 Defective Board ................................................................ 59 Drive Waveform ........................................................................................................ no sound ...... 76 SC20 or D20 Connector................Contents of adjustment mode .............................................. Sound NG ................................................................... 72 No picture............................................................... 61 Test Point Locations .......................................................................................................................................... 57 Cable Diagnostic Screen .................................... 66 Vertical line problems...........

Objective This technical guide was prepared with the following objectives in mind: • Provide the servicer with a brief overview of the concepts of operation for new circuits employed in this line of Plasma models • Provide drawings with emphasis on signal path to simplify the task of signal tracing and locate the cause of a defect • Furnish troubleshooting procedures that contribute to a speedier repair of the product • Provide examples of typical problems that may have occurred in similar types of circuits 1 .

Specifications (Models Comparison) Features TH-42PD50U TH-42PX500 TH-50PX500 Resolution Altitude Contrast Input Signal PC Input Input Terminal (Video Input) Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Component 1 Component 2 PC Input HDMI Input Card Interface Cable Card Slot SD Card Slot PCMCIA Slot 852x480p 2400m 4000:1 720p 1080i 480p 480i No 1024 x 768p 2400m 3000:1 720p 1080i 480p 480i Yes 1366 x 768p 2400m 3000:1 720p 1080i 480p 480i Yes S2/RCA (Rear) S2/RCA (Rear) No RCA (Rear) RCA (Rear) No Yes x 1 (Rear) No No No S2/RCA (Rear) S2/RCA (Rear) S2/RCA (Front) RCA (Rear) RCA (Rear) Yes x 1 (Mini D-Sub 15 pin) (Rear) Yes x 1 (Rear) Yes Yes Yes Table 1 S2/RCA (Rear) S2/RCA (Rear) S2/RCA (Front) RCA (Rear) RCA (Rear) Yes x 1 (Mini D-Sub 15 pin) (Rear) Yes x 1 (Rear) Yes Yes Yes 2 .

Safety Precautions Please follow these general guidelines before servicing the models mentioned in this technical guide. 3. Minimize bodily motions when handling unpackaged replacement ES devices. These can generate electrical charge sufficient enough to damage an ES device. Some semiconductor (solid state) devices can be easily damaged by static electricity. 9. Some solder removal devices not classified as "anti-static (ESD protected)" can generate electrical charge sufficient enough to damage an ES device. (Most replacement ES devices are packaged with leads electrically shorted together by conductive foam. 11. 10. 5. place the assembly on a conductive surface such as an aluminum foil. aluminum foil or comparable conductive material). 1. Drain off any Electro Static Discharge on your body by touching a known earth ground. please observe the original lead dress. Do not remove a replacement ES device from its protective package until you are just ready to install it. After servicing. While servicing. (Harmless motions such as the brushing together of your clothes fabric or the lifting of your foot from a carpeted floor can generate static electricity sufficient enough to damage an ES device). and observe all other safety precautions. 8. 4. 6. immediately before handling any semiconductor component or semiconductor-equipped assembly. 3 . replace all the parts that have been overheated or damaged by the short circuit. 7. The following techniques should be used to help reduce the incidence of component damage caused by Electro Static Discharge (ESD). Examples of typical ES devices are integrated circuits. Use a grounded-tip soldering iron to solder or unsolder ES devices. Use an anti-static solder removal device. After removing an electrical assembly equipped with ES devices. Caution: Please make sure that no power is applied to the chassis or circuit assembly. and insulation paper shields are properly installed. If a short circuit is found. obtain and wear a commercially available discharging ESD wrist strap. some field-effect transistors (FET) and semiconductor "chip" components. please make sure that all the protective devices such as insulation barriers. Such components are commonly called Electrostatically Sensitive (ES) devices. 2. which should be removed prior to applying power to the unit as it may cause an electric shock. Immediately before removing the protective material from the leads of a replacement ES device. Alternatively. to prevent electrostatic charge buildup or exposure on the assembly. touch the protective material to the chassis or the circuit assembly into which the device will be installed. Do not use freon-propelled chemicals.

Plasma AI Processor Data Driver (Left) Data Driver (Right) Scan Drive Scan out (Upper) Scan out (Lower) Sustain Drive Remote receiver.TH-42PD50U Board Description and Part Numbers Figure 1 Board Name P PA PB H DT DV DG Z D C1 C2 SC SU SD SS K S Board Description Power Supply DC-DC Converter. Power SOS Audio Power AV Terminal. Keyscan Power Switch Table 2 Board Part Number TNPA3570 TNPA3620 TNPA3643 TNPA3598AB TNAG156 TNPA3626 TNPA3625AF TNPA3621AB TZTNP010YFS TNPA3545 TNPA3546 TNPA3543 TNPA3242 TNPA3243 TNPA3544 TNPA3603 TNPA3604 4 . AV Switch ATSC Interface HDMI Interface Digital Signal Processor Speaker out. Audio AMP Format Converter.

OPT Power Switch Data Driver (Up Left) Data Driver (Up Right) Data Driver (Down Right) Data Driver (Down Left) Scan Drive Scan out (Up) Scan out (Down) Sustain Drive Sustain Connector (Up) Sustain Connector (Down) PC Card Slot. Fan control AV Terminal.TH-42PX500U Board Description and Part Numbers Figure 2 Board Name P PA PB H DT DV DG Z D K S C1 C2 C3 C4 SC SU SD SS SS2 SS3 G GS GK Board Description Power Supply DC-DC Converter. Power SOS Audio Power. Front Terminal SD Card Slot Key Switch Table 3 Board Part Number ETXMM563MDK TNPA3620 TNPA3643AD TNPA3598 TNAG157S TNPA3626 TNPA3625 TNPA3621 TZTNP010YDS TNPA3498AB TNPA3499AB TNPA3553AB TNPA3554 TNPA3555 TNPA3556 TNPA3557 TNPA3189AB TNPA3190AB TNPA3558 TNPA3675 TNPA3676 TNPA3496AF TNPA3497AF TNPA3503AB 5 . AV Switch ATSC Interface HDMI Interface Digital Signal Processor Speaker out. Audio AMP Format Converter. Plasma Ai Processor Remote receiver.

Fan control Data Driver (Up Left) Data Driver (Up Center) Data Driver (Up Right) Data Driver (Down Right) Data Driver (Down Center) Data Driver (Down Left) Format Converter. AV Switch DC-DC Converter. Power SOS Speaker out. OPT SD Card Slot PC Card Slot. Front Terminal Key Switch Power Switch Table 4 Board Part Number TNAG157S TNPA3598 TNPA3620 TNPA3621 TNPA3625AB TNPA3626 TNPA3643AD TNPA3561 TNPA3562 TNPA3563 TNPA3564 TNPA3565 TNPA3566 TZTNP010YCS ETXMM564MEK TNPA3567 TNPA3220AB TNPA3559 TNPA3568 TNPA3560 TNPA3219AB TNPA3498AB TNPA3497AF TNPA3496AF TNPA3503AB TNPA3499AB 6 .TH-50PX500 Board Description and Part Numbers Figure 3 Board Name DT H PA Z DG DV PB C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 D P SC SD SS2 SS SS3 SU K GS G GK S Board Description ATSC Interface AV Terminal. Audio AMP Digital Signal Processor HDMI Interface Audio Power. Plasma AI Processor Power Supply Scan Drive Scan out (Down) Sustain Connector (Up) Sustain Drive Sustain Connector (Down) Scan out (Up) Remote receiver.

The basic operation of the new P board is the same as that of the older Plasma Display Televisions. The function of the line filter is to block incoming noise from the AC outlet to the unit and outgoing noise from the unit to the AC outlet. 15V for sustain. Vda voltage for data drive (C boards). The F_STB14V is used on the PA board to generate other operating voltages.Power Supply Outline for 42”and 50” Models Figure 4 The PF board of the older Plasma Television models is now incorporated into the P board of the GPH8DU chassis. The main circuit supplies Vsus voltage for sustain and scan operations. scan. The Standby circuit supplies STB5V and 5V for FAN SOS. and fan operations. and 12V for audio power. 7 .

Standby Circuit Figure 5 The diode D602 and the transformer T501 are used to develop the STB5V supply. 5. (See Fig. The STB5V is applied to pin 5 of the Power control IC MC701 and pin 1 of the Power Control IC MC501 (Use hot ground to measure voltage on MC501).) Figure 6 8 .

STB ON) of the “Power Output Control” IC. 6). Pin 22 of IC4005 outputs 2. as it shows in the diagram. Figure 7 The Microprocessor on the DG board (IC4005) receives the regulated STB3. MC701. (See Fig.3V from IC4010.Instead of a standby power switch.) 9 . 7 & 8. the TV has a jumper wire on the “S” board that connects pin 8 of the connector P12 to ground. As a result the transistors Q553 and Q554 turn on.5V (Tuner SUB ON) to the P board via pin 14 of the connectors DG3/D3 and pin 13 of the connector P25/D25. It is then connected to pin 21 (F. (See Fig. allowing the STB5V to be applied to the D and the DG-board via pin 10 of the connector P25.

This turns on the photocoupler PC503 to provide a low to pin 2 of the “STB Power Control” IC. 10 .Figure 8 The power control IC. MC501. (See Fig. upon receiving the “F. MC701. outputs the “PC PFC ON” control signal at pin 20. MC501 outputs the “relay ON” control signal to activate the relay K601.STB ON” voltage. 8) Figure 9 The rectifier MC604 rectifies the 120VAC from the relay and outputs to the “PFC Control” MC602.

10) Note: The above description is true for standby mode only. Figure 10 The “F14V ON” command (5V) from pin 10 of MC701 turns on Q452 and the “F STB 14V” is output to the PA-board through pins 1. This DC voltage is applied to three different circuits. 15V. both the Vsus and the Vda power supply circuits are off. and 12V) power supplies. 11 . the power has not been turned on yet. (See Fig. the Vda and the Low Voltage (F STB 14V. 2. and 3 of connector P10. the Vsus. Only the “F STB 14V” section of the Low Voltage power supply circuit is on. During standby operation.The DC voltage from the rectifier is converted to 395Vdc by the “Power Factor Control” circuit to improve the power ratio.

The R/C receiver receives the power on command of the remote control and outputs the IR data to the amplifiers Q4006 and Q4007 of the DG board. a low is provided to pin 86 (Key scan 3) of the microprocessor IC4005. IC4005. Figure 12 12 . The data is amplified and output to pin 102 of the MPU.Power On Operation Figure 11 The momentary connection of the power switch to ground supplies a low to the base of Q4001 (DG board) to turn it on. When Q4001 is on.

Pin 21 is connected to pin 28 of the connector PA20 via pin 1 of the connector DG20. When Q9000 is on. it does a reset and outputs a high at pin 48 (Main Panel ON). the Main 5V. The 3.3V. When IC9003 receives the 3. pin 21 of IC4005 (Tuner Main ON) goes high and pin 115 (Panel STB ON) goes low. The high at pin 21 is the control signal used to turn on the circuit that generates the SUB 3. (See Fig. 64. and output a High to the base of Q9000 on the D board.3V is also connected to the reset circuit IC9004. thus turning it on. 28. It causes Q4008 to stop conducting.3V Reg. The low from pin 115 is connected to the base of Q4008 located on the DG board.3V.). 25.Upon receiving the power on command.3V. and 100 of the microprocessor IC9003. This low is applied to the gate of Q9003 turning it on to provide 5V to pins 1 and 2 of IC9008 (3. the Main 3. the collector goes low. and the Main 9V sources of the PA board. 24. Figure 13 13 .3V out of pin 4 of IC9008 is connected to the VCC pins 3. 89. This voltage is provided to pin 17 of the connector P25. The 3. 12).

(See Fig 14.The high command at pin 17 of connector P25 is applied to pin 18 of MC701 of the P board. and pin 12 from 15V to 0V. The 1. IC MC303 then turns on the Vsus power supply circuit (MC301) and the Vda power supply circuit (IC301.3V at pin 11 causes Q551 to turn on and output 5V.) The 5V on pin 22 of IC MC303 causes it to operate. and T301). When Q451 is on. The low from pin 12 is used to turn on Q453. it outputs 12V to the PB board and the D board. it outputs 15V to the PB board and the SC board 14 . Pin 11 switches from 5V to 1.3V. Vsus is output to SC and SS-boards. When Q453 is on. and Q451. The 5V is applied to pin 22 of the “Drive Voltage Oscillator” MC303. Vda is output to the Data Drive Circuit boards via the SC board. It is also applied to the “Fan SOS” circuit of the PB board via pin 4 of the connector P30.

Power Supply Connections P Board Figure 14 The P board houses the main power supply of the unit. The connector information is to be used for troubleshooting purposes. All voltages originate from this board. 15 .

The connector information can prove useful when troubleshooting.PA Board Figure 15 The PB board utilizes voltages obtained from the P board to create lower and higher voltages for use in different sections of the unit. 16 .

PB Board Figure 16 The PB board contains voltage regulators that power the Audio circuit (Z board) and the fans. 17 . The connector information is to be used for troubleshooting purposes.

It is a hybrid tuner that processes NTSC and ATSC terrestrial broadcast for reproduction on the TV screen. This tuner allows the reception of Digital Cable television without the use of a set-topbox. 18 . The same jack outputs PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) when any other signal source is selected. The DT-Board also incorporates the OpenCable interface for use with a CableCard. V data and outputs it to the DG board for video selection and processing. GP8HD series plasma panels incorporate a Set Top Box that is designed to receive NTSC and ATSC television broadcast. When a digital channel is selected.TH-42PX500U Block Diagram Figure 17 The DV board processes HDMI or DVI input signals. The DT board contains an Optical Audio Out jack for use with a Dolby Digital decoder and a multi-channel amplifier. The DT board contains the host identification number and stores the identification number of the CableCard. U. the firmware information located in the DT board may be upgraded by using an SD card. An SD card slot is also included in the DT board. the output from the Digital Audio Out jack is Dolby Digital. As the OpenCable service changes. The HDMI IF receiver converts the digital signal into parallel Y. It is also used to receive QAM cable television transmission.

It also processes the JPEG data of the SD and PC cards used for viewing pictures. The PEAKS firmware of the unit also resides in this board. The GK is the operation board of the unit. which is used for viewing photos. Pb. The key scan pulses are routed to the DG board MPU via the G and H boards. The output signal of the board passes through an LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) transmitter for conversion into serial data. The C3 and C4 boards drive the lower right and left portions of the panel respectively. Analog Television and Photo-viewer signals are output to the H board and selected like any other source. The D board is responsible for displaying the picture on the screen. the main video and sub video signals for display on the screen. C3 and C4 boards. The analog video input signal is provided to the H board for selection among many other video inputs. two component inputs. The board performs PIP (Picture in Picture) and picture control operations such as brightness. 19 . The G board contains one of the video inputs and the PC card slot. The sustain pulses are output to the SS board. color. Pr) are output to the DG board for video selection and processing. The K board contains the optical sensor used for CATS (Contrast Automatic Tracking System). The DG board is responsible for the complete video processing within the unit. The SC board is responsible for the generation of the scan pulses. Digital television signals (Y. to the DG board. Signals from a digital TV or HDMI source are provided to the DG board in digital form. The GS board contains the SD card slot that is used for Photo-viewing. and a PC input (depending upon the model) that are directly connected to the main switch of the H board. It also contains the Remote IR sensor and the power LED. Photo-viewer data from the G and GS boards are input to the DT board and converted to analog luminance and chrominance signals. The H board selects and outputs. tint. The digital output signal passes through the H board and enters the DT board for processing. The data drive signals are output to the C1. sustain and data drive signals. All analog inputs to the DG board are immediately converted to digital. The C1 board drives the upper right portion of the panel. It provides the scan. the C2 board drives the upper left portion. The scan pulses are output to the SC board. Scan pulses are used for initialization and selection of the pixels. The board also performs pixel conversion to change the resolution of the picture to the resolution of the screen. The digital output signal of the PC card passes through the H board and enters the DT board for selection and processing. etc. The unit also contains two other video inputs. contrast. C2. All signal processing in the DG board is performed digitally.

Sustain pulses are used to initialize and control the brightness of the screen. The SS2 and SS3 boards are extension (connector) boards used to connect the SC board to the panel. The SS board is responsible for the generation of the sustain pulses.The SU and SD boards are demultiplexer boards that are responsible for converting serial data output of the SC board into parallel data to drive the panel. 20 .

The DT-Board also incorporates the OpenCable interface for use with a Cable Card. The HDMI IF receiver converts the digital signal into parallel Y.TH-42PX50U Block Diagram Figure 18 The DV board processes HDMI or DVI input signals. The DT board contains an Optical Audio Out jack for use with a Dolby Digital decoder and a multi-channel amplifier. 21 . the firmware information located in the DT board may be upgraded by using an SD card. the output from the Digital Audio Out jack is Dolby Digital. U. As the OpenCable service changes. This tuner allows the reception of Digital Cable television without the use of a set-topbox. The DT board contains the host identification number and stores the identification number of the CableCard. GP8HD series plasma panels incorporate a Set Top Box that is designed to receive NTSC and ATSC television broadcast. V data and outputs it to the DG board for video selection and processing. The same jack outputs PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) when any other signal source is selected. When a digital channel is selected. An SD card slot is also included in the DT board. It is a hybrid tuner that processes NTSC and ATSC terrestrial broadcast for reproduction on the TV screen. It is also used to receive QAM cable television transmission.

It provides the scan. the main video and sub video signals for display on the screen. contrast. The SU and SD boards are demultiplexer boards that are responsible for converting serial data output of the SC board into parallel data to drive the panel. The unit contains two video inputs. The DG board is responsible for the complete video processing within the unit. It also contains the Remote IR sensor and the power LED. The output signal of the board passes through an LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) transmitter for conversion into serial data. Sustain pulses are used to initialize and control the brightness of the screen. The data drive signals are output to the C1. two component inputs. and a PC input (depending upon the model) that are directly connected to the main switch of the H board. The K board contains the optical sensor used for CATS (Contrast Automatic tracking System). The SS board is responsible for the generation of the sustain pulses. tint. The D board is responsible for displaying the picture on the screen. color. sustain and data drive signals. Signals from a digital TV or HDMI source are provided to the DG board in digital form. to the DG board. The board performs PIP (Picture in Picture) and picture control operations such as brightness. The SC board is responsible for the generation of the scan pulses. Pr) are output to the DG board for video selection and processing.Analog Television signals are output to the H board and selected like any other source. The C1 board drives the upper right portion of the panel. etc. C2. the C2 board drives the upper left portion. The PEAKS firmware of the unit also resides in this board. C3 and C4 boards. The H board selects and outputs. 22 . All analog inputs to the DG board are immediately converted to digital. The scan pulses are output to the SC board. The sustain pulses are output to the SS board. The board also performs pixel conversion to change the resolution of the picture to the resolution of the screen. Scan pulses are used for initialization and selection of the pixels. The C3 and C4 boards drive the lower right and left portions of the panel respectively. All signal processing in the DG board is performed digitally. Pb. Digital television signals (Y.

the output from the Digital Audio Out jack is Dolby Digital. As the OpenCable service changes. the firmware information located in the DT board may be upgraded by using an SD card. Pr) are output to the DG board for video selection and processing. It is a hybrid tuner that processes NTSC and ATSC terrestrial broadcast for reproduction on the TV screen. When a digital channel is selected. It is also used to receive QAM cable television transmission. Pb. This tuner allows the reception of basic Digital Cable television without the use of a settop-box. The same jack outputs PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) when any other signal source is selected. U. Analog Television signals are output to the H board and selected like any other source. The HDMI IF receiver converts the digital signal into parallel Y. Digital television signals (Y. An SD card slot is also included in the DT board. 23 . GP8HD series plasma panels incorporate a tuner designed to receive NTSC and ATSC television broadcast. V data and outputs it to the DG board for video selection and processing. The DT board contains an Optical Audio Out jack for use with a Dolby Digital decoder and a multi-channel amplifier.TH-42PD50U Block Diagram Figure 19 The DV board processes HDMI or DVI input signals.

color. The data drive signals are output to the C1 and C2 boards. etc. Sustain pulses are used to initialize and control the brightness of the screen. The board performs PIP (Picture in Picture) and picture control operations such as brightness. The board also performs pixel conversion to change the resolution of the picture to the resolution of the screen. sustain and data drive signals. The SC board is responsible for the generation of the scan pulses. The sustain pulses are output to the SS board. tint. The scan pulses are output to the SC board. All analog inputs to the DG board are immediately converted to digital. to the DG board. All signal processing in the DG board is performed digitally. The SU and SD boards are demultiplexer boards that are responsible for converting serial data output of the SC board into parallel data to drive the panel. It provides the scan. The unit contains two video inputs. Scan pulses are used for initialization and selection of the pixels. The C1 board drives the right portion of the panel. The PEAKS firmware of the unit also resides in this board. two component inputs. The DG board is responsible for the complete video processing within the unit.The K board contains the optical sensor used for CATS (Contrast Automatic Tracking System). contrast. the main video and sub video signals for display on the screen. and a PC input (depending upon the model) that are directly connected to the main switch of the H board. The output signal of the board passes through an LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) transmitter for conversion into serial data. The H board selects and outputs. The C2 board drives the left portion. The D board is responsible for displaying the picture on the screen. 24 . The SS2 and SS3 boards are extension (connector) boards used to connect the SC board to the panel. The SS board is responsible for the generation of the sustain pulses. Signals from a digital TV or HDMI source are provided to the DG board in digital form. It also contains the Remote IR sensor and the power LED.

Video signals from the digital tuner and the HDMI receiver board (DV board) pass through the DG board and enter IC2602 of the H board via the connector H2/DG2. Component Video Inputs 1 and 2. IC2602. The PC input signal simply passes through the H board and enter the DG board via the same connector. All the Audio/Video input signals are applied to this board for selection. The selected video signals are output to the DG Board without alteration. 2. Y/C. Pb. Video. The output signals can be in any of the three formats. There are two input selection ICs on this board.Video Input Selection Block Diagram Figure 20 The H board contains the Video inputs 1. 25 . Pr. or Y. and the Program Out jacks. Selection between PC and other input signals takes place on the DG board. which selects the audio input signals. which selects the video input signals and IC2605. and 3.

The audio output at pin 38 and 40 of the connector H2/DG2 passes through the DG board and enters the DT Board for conversion into PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio. Audio signals from the digital tuner and the HDMI receiver board (DV board) pass through the DG board and enter IC2605 of the H board via the connector H2/DG2.Audio Input Selection Block Diagram Figure 21 IC2605 of the H board handles the audio selection of all inputs. Pins 29 and 30 of IC2605 provide the audio for the program out jack. 26 . IC2608 contains the BBE VIVA technology circuit used for sound processing. The selected audio signals are output to the DG Board without alteration.

As the OpenCable service changes. NTSC. the unit may be instructed to scan only analog or digital terrestrial broadcast. program channels. SD and PC Card Input Signal Flow Figure 22 The ATSC interface (DT board) processes the ATSC. If a CableCard is used. The DT board contains an Optical Audio Out jack for use with a Dolby Digital decoder and a multi-channel amplifier. It also processes the Photoviewer (JPEG) data of the SD and PC cards. luminance and chrominance. the scanning process is bypassed since all cable related information is already programmed in the CableCard. If a terrestrial antenna is used. the output from the Digital Audio Out jack will be Dolby Digital. The Photoviewer SD card slot is used for the upgrade. When a digital channel is selected. The same jack outputs PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) when any other signal source is selected.ATSC. All TV related OSD information such as channel numbers. etc is generated within the DT board. the firmware information located in the DT board may be upgraded through the use of an SD card. 27 . or component video signals of the DT board are output to the DG board via the connector DT12/DG22. the unit proceeds to scan all available analog and digital channels. If a cable line is used without a Cablecard. and QAM television signals. The composite. The unit may also be instructed to scan all analog and digital broadcast channels. The DT-Board has the ability to tune in the 8VSB ATSC terrestrial TV broadcast and the 16VSB DVB cable television.

The DT board contains the host identification number and stores the POD identification number of the cable service provider. The JPEG data is converted to analog luminance and chrominance signals and output to the DG board. It also processes the JPEG data of the SD and PC cards used for viewing pictures. NTSC. The composite. and QAM television signals. Photoviewer data from the G and GS boards are input to the DT board via the connectors DT10 and DT05. DG Board Block Diagram Figure 23 The main function of the DG board is to process all incoming video signals. The ATSC interface (DT board) processes the ATSC. luminance and chrominance. It also processes the Photoviewer (JPEG) data of the SD and PC cards. The composite video of the analog TV reception as well as the luminance and chrominance output of the SD or PC card input pass through the DG board without alteration and enter the H board via the connector DG2/H2. or digital component signal of the DT board are output to the DG board via the connector DT12/DG22. The digital video of the digital TV reception enters the RGB processor (GC4PRO). 28 . IC2602 of the H board selects the desired video signals among the many video inputs.

The input signals can be in any of the three formats: Video. 29 . Pb.The Main and sub video output of the H board are provided to the DG board via the connector H2/DG2. Y/C. or Y. Pr.

Pb/C. IC4018 (ADV7403). At the completion of this process. and Pr signals are converted to digital only. 30 . The chrominance data is then applied to the Chroma demodulator circuit that separates the color signal into Pb and Pr data. the main Y/V. which is already Y/C separated. The output of IC4018 is provided to the RGB processor (GC4PRO). S-Video. The comb filter in IC4018 converts the composite video signal of the main picture to Y and C (luminance and chrominance) separated video signals. IC4019 for conversion into digital. The input signals are output to the RGB processor (GC4PRO) in the form of a digital component signal. Sub Picture Signal Flow The sub video enters the global core IC. Operation of IC4019 is exactly the same as IC4018.Signal Process Circuit Main Picture Signal Flow Figure 24 On the DG. the composite or S-Video signal is now in the form of a digital 480i component signal. the Y. Pr signals are converted to digital data by an analog to digital (A/D) converter circuit located inside the Global Core IC. IC4019 processes the Sub video data for use in the PIP or split screen mode. Pb.Board. simply passes through the comb filter. If the incoming video is in the 480p and 1080i format.

IC4026 then converts the digital signal scan format from interlaced to progressive. It serves as the controller that monitors all operations of the TV section (not display) of the unit. 720P and 1080i formats simply pass through the IP converter. The signals that are of the 480P. etc. The output signal is then applied to the LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) transmitter for conversion into serial data. the 480i video signal undergoes interlace to progressive conversion. It distributes signals with low-jitter. Within this integrated circuit. By avoiding digital to analog and analog to digital conversion of those signals. doubling the horizontal frequency to 31. The PEAKS firmware of the unit also resides in this IC. 31 . It reduces power consumption and the generated noise from data transmission. IC4026.RGB Processor Figure 25 The digital TV and HDMI data are input directly to this integrated circuit. tint. and free from noise. Digital TV closed caption. The LVDS transmitter transfers the video information from the DG board to the D board.468KHz. On Screen Display data such as channel numbers. The RGP processor (GC4PRO) combines the selected video signals to produce Picture in Picture. contrast. The CT1/CR1/AI/DSC circuit reduces noise and improves the picture quality. The data output of IC4018 and IC4019 enters the RGB Processor. Another benefit of the LVDS standard is minimal concern for cable length. IC4026 contains a line doubling circuit that halves the horizontal line period of the 480i input. the picture information remains in its original form. This circuit performs all picture control operations such as brightness. and picture adjustments are mixed with the video data. color. while creating little noise. As a result picture quality is pure. The main MCU handles all video applications.

D Board Block Diagram

Figure 26

The output of the LVDS transmitter of the DG board is provided to the D board via the connector DG5/D5. IC9500 of the D board contains a LVDS receiver that converts the RGB data to its original form. In this IC, the customer and panel related OSD data are mixed with the video. The output of the IC is provided to the Format Converter/RGB Processor, IC9300, for interlace to progressive conversion of the 1080i signal. Subsequently, all signals are converted to the 768P format to match the resolution of the plasma display panel. Adjustments such as white balance, contrast, and color drives are performed inside this IC. IC9300 contains the Plasma AI (Adaptive brightness Intensifier) circuit that analyzes the video program level for the distribution of dark and bright components. The Sub-field Processor is used to speed up the scanning process and to control the number of sustain periods. This increases the brightness and improves the contrast ratio. It also creates the two channels of data that drive the data output boards. The D-board provides the scan, sustain, and data drive signals. The scan pulses are output to the SC board. The sustain pulses are output to the SS board. The data drive signals are output to the C1, and C2 boards. The C1 board drives the right portion of the panel; the C2 board drives the left portion.

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C1 Board Block Diagram

Figure 27

There are four data drive boards in the TH-42PX500U HD plasma display television. Due to their physical location and characteristics, they divide the screen into four equal quadrants as indicated in the picture on the right.

Figure 28a

Each data drive board contains four sockets for the connection of the panel’s ribbon cables. Each ribbon cable is mounted in a specific location to drive ¼ of the quadrant. Furthermore, each connector’s information is divided into 2 to separately drive two 1/8 of the quadrant. See the figure on the right.

Figure 28b

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SC Board Explanation

Figure 29

The SC Board consists of buffers and drivers used to generate the scan signals for the PDP panel. The buffers provide isolation between the D board and the drivers. Connector SC20 provides the drive voltages (140V, 100V and 18V) as well as the trigger signals to switch the FET transistors. The D board switches the FETs on and off to create the distinctive scan signal. Each trigger signal switches a drive FET creating a portion of the waveform. For example, applying the CPH signal to the 140V FET creates the peak portion of the waveform, see figure 29.

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SC board Waveform

Figure 30

SU And SD Board Shift Registers

Figure 31

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The figure above shows an example of the de-multiplexing circuit. There are six driver ICs on the SU board and six on the SD board.After the scan waveform is developed on the SC Board. The signal is input to a series of shift registers inside the PDP scan driver IC. it is applied to the SU and SD boards for de-multiplexing. 36 .

The erase pulse is output at the beginning of each scan period. The sustain pulses are also developed on the D board and are applied after the scan periods. 37 . The pulse is applied to the SS2 and SS3 boards to remove the previous charge from the upper and lower sections of the display panel. the sustain and erase pulses are output to the SS board.SS Board Explanation Figure 32 After the video signal is processed on the D board.

SS Board Schematic Figure 33 SS Board Waveform Figure 34 38 .

The Sustain pulse is developed using a similar circuit as the Scan Pulse. see the figure above. 155V and 175V) at selected intervals determined by the D board. 39 . A series of specifically timed pulses are applied to FET drivers creating the distinctive sustain pulse. The basic waveform remains constant but the exact number of sustain pulses is determined by the amount of luminance required. The drivers switch the voltages (150V.

40 . P board (5V SOS) SC board (SC Energy recovery and SC floating voltage) SS Board (SS Data Energy recovery and data driver) SS board (SS Energy recovery) Incorrect D. PB. The LEDs should be lit during normal operation. The faulty circuit may be easily identified by counting the number of flashes emitted by the power LED located in front of the unit. a dark LED indicates that a problem exists on that board. Z Board (Sound SOS / Speaker shorted) Table 4 7 8 9 10 11 12 Note: LED indicators on the SS and SC boards alert the technician when a problem exists.TH-42/50PX500U Power LED Flashing timing chart The unit is equipped with a self-protection circuit that places it in standby when there is an abnormality with one or more of the Power Supply circuits. P board 4 5 6 P. PA board (Power SOS) D. Fan (Fan SOS) H. DG board PA Board (No power for tuner) PB board. Number of Power LED blinks 1 Blinking Timing Suspected Board D.

as shown in the figure on the right. If one of the protection circuits is activated by some fault within the receiver. are used to detect possible abnormalities. If one of the protection circuits is activated by some fault within the receiver. Figure 37 41 . The input pins of the MPU. The input pins of the MPU. Figure 36 SOS Detect (DG Board) The MPU IC4005 of the DG board is used to detect and store the history of other abnormalities that may be caused by a defect in certain sections of the unit.SOS Detection Circuits SOS Detect (D Board) The GPH8DU chassis have several protection circuits that are designed to protect the receiver from major damage. The MPU IC9003 of the D board is used to detect and store the history of abnormalities that may be caused by a defect in certain sections of the unit. are used to detect possible abnormalities. as shown in the figure on the right. the problem facing the technician is to find out which protection circuit is shutting down the receiver and why. the problem facing the technician is to find out which protection circuit is shutting down the receiver and why.

The abnormality may due to an over-voltage or a short circuit located on the PA or one of the boards powered by PA board. The MPU IC9003 of the D board monitors a variety of SOS inputs. the MPU IC9003 of the D board relates the information to pin 110 (Panel_SOS) of IC4005. 42 . They are monitored by two microprocessors. IC4005 of the DG board and IC9003. IC4005 of the DG board monitors for an abnormality detected on the PA and the PB boards. 37). All other SOS conditions are monitored by IC4005 located on the D board (see fig. Upon detection.of the D board.SOS Detect (D and PA Board) Figure 38 The SOS detection circuits of the standard definition model TH-42PD50 is similar to the one used in the high definition models. to trigger the shutdown of the unit. The SOS input at pin 111 is an active high when an abnormality is detected. located on the DG board.

to trigger the SOS condition.5V lines. IC4005. 43 . the inline zener diode goes into conduction and turn on transistor Q5644. As a result.PA Board SOS Detection Circuits Over-Voltage Detection of Main Voltage (10 Blinks) Figure 39 The transistor Q5644 monitors the MAIN_3. MAIN_5V. a voltage drop appears at the base of Q5641. If any of these supply voltages becomes excessive. and MAIN_2. MAIN_9V.3V. causing it to turn on and output a high to pin 111 of the MPU.

and MAIN_5V lines. 44 .Short Circuit Detection of Main Voltage (10 Blinks) Figure 40 The transistor Q5642 monitors the MAIN_9V.5V. MAIN_2. If any of these supply lines develop a short circuit. triggering an SOS condition. IC4005. transistor Q5642 goes into conduction and applies a high to pin 111 of the MPU.

If any of these supply lines develop a short circuit. triggering an SOS condition. SUB3. BT30V and SUB5V lines. SUB9V-1. IC4005. transistor Q5641 goes into conduction and applies a high to pin 111 of the MPU.3V. 45 .Short Circuit Detection of Sub-voltage (10 Blinks) Figure 41 The transistor Q5641 monitors the F_STB14V.

and SS Board) Figure 42 This drawing is used to verify an SOS condition that may have originated from the P. The connector information should be used for troubleshooting purposes. Instead of using a peak hold voltmeter. If it does. SC. the power supply connector of the board causing the blinks of the power LED may be disconnected to see if the unit remains on after power up. 46 . The system control circuit will be unable to power the unit and monitor the SOS lines. Note: The unit will become totally inoperative if the power supply to the D and DG boards is disconnected. more troubleshooting is required. SC.Other SOS Detection Circuits SOS Detect (P. this usually indicates that the problem is located in the disconnected board. or SS Board. If the power LED continues to generate the same amount of blinks.

The connector information should be used for troubleshooting purposes. The power LED will blink ten times immediately after connecting the unit to the wall outlet. Note: The unit will become totally inoperative if the connector P10 is disconnected. The system control circuit will be unable to power the unit. The remaining voltages are monitored for abnormalities directly on the P board.P Board SOS Detection Figure 43 This drawing is used to verify an SOS condition that may have originated from the P Board. the power supply connector of the suspected board causing the blinks of the power LED may be disconnected to see if the unit remains on after power up. If the power LED continues to generate the same amount of blinks. If it does. 47 . Instead of using a peak hold voltmeter. more troubleshooting is required. The switched voltages of connector P23 and P5 are monitored on the SC and PB boards. this usually indicates that the problem is located in the disconnected board.

this usually indicates that the problem is located in the disconnected board. If it does. This SOS condition is created when there is an abnormality of any of the voltages shown in the diagram. DT. DV.Voltage Distribution of the PA board and SOS Detection Figure 44 This diagram depicts the distribution of the PA board voltages to the DG. more troubleshooting is required. A high input at pin 111 of IC4005 will cause the unit to shut down and generate ten blinks of the power LED. 48 . If the power LED continues to generate the same amount of blinks. and K boards. Instead of using a peak hold voltmeter. the power supply connector of the board causing the blinks of the power LED may be disconnected to see if the unit remains on after power up. H. Z.

Figure 45 The purpose of this pictorial of the component side of the PA board is to alert the technicians of the labeling and actual location of some the diodes mounted on the PA board. 49 .

It passes through the H board and then enters the Z board. It then passes through the PA and H boards before entering the Z board. the transistor Q2323 monitors the 10 and 9 volts sources for a short. On the Z board. If a short is detected. It is regulated to 10V by the PB board.Z Board (Sound) SOS Detection Figure 46 The 10V source of the Z board originates at the P board as 12Vdc. a high output is provided to the base of Q2324 resulting in a low output to pin 15 of IC4005. Twelve blinks are generated when an abnormality is detected. The main 9V source of the PA board is also used on the Z board. 50 .

The word “SELFCHECK“ appears at the center of the screen for a few seconds. 51 . If the customer uses a CableCard. re-activation will be required after the reset. How to exit the Self-check Screen To exit the Self-check mode. Screen Display Figure 47 Note: All Customer settings (parameters) including CableCard activation data will be erased. Under normal condition. Hold them down for at least three seconds. press the power button in front of the unit for approximately three seconds. A status indication other than OK indicates a problem within a specific board How to access the Self-check Screen (Reset) To get into the Self-check mode. and then a graphic OSD that resembles the one in the figure below appears. and the SLEEP button on the remote control.TH-42/50PX500U Self-check Function (Reset) Diagnostic Procedures Self-check is used to automatically check the status of the ICs that are controlled via the IIC bus line. The unit automatically tunes to channel 3. press and hold down the VOLUME DOWN button on the front of the unit. The unit powers down and then powers back up in a few seconds. the status is OK.

Number. TU8200 IC8211 IC8240 IC2608 IC2602 IC2605 IC4018 IC4019 IC4026 IC5003 IC4008 IC9007 Description TV Tuner Front Processor HDMSL PEAKS_Lite BBE Viva Video SW Audio SW 10 Bits A/D GC3FS GC4PRO HDMI I/F Receiver EEPROM Ex. I/O Table 5 Board DT-Board DT-Board DT-Board H-Board H-Board H-Board DG-Board DG-Board DG-Board DV-Board DG-Board D-Board 52 .Self-Check Screen Explanation Display UV DT1 DT2 H13UV2 SND AVSWV AVSWA ADV GC3FS GC4P HDMI MEM RTC Ref.

PB. PA board (Power SOS) D. Number of Power LED blinks 1 Blinking Timing Suspected Board D. DG board PA Board (No power for tuner) PB board. The faulty circuit may be easily identified by counting the number of flashes emitted by the power LED located in front of the unit. Z Board (Sound SOS / Speaker shorted) Table 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 53 . P board 4 5 6 P.TH-42PD50U Power LED Flashing timing chart The unit is equipped with a self-protection circuit that places it in standby when there is an abnormality with one or more of the Power Supply circuits. P board (5V SOS) SC board (SC Energy recovery and SC floating voltage) SS Board (SS Data Energy recovery and data driver) SS board (SS Energy recovery) Incorrect D. Fan (Fan SOS) H.

If the customer uses a CableCard. press the power button in front of the unit for approximately three seconds. Screen Display Figure 48 All Customer settings (parameters) including CableCard activation data will be erased. the status is OK. The unit self tunes to channel 3. Under normal condition. and then a graphic OSD that resembles the one in the figure below appears. press and hold down the VOLUME DOWN button on the front of the unit. 54 . The unit powers down and then powers back up in a few seconds. The word “SELF-CHECK“ appears at the center of the screen for a few seconds. How to exit the Self-check Screen To exit the Self-check mode. re-activation will be required after the reset. and the SLEEP button on the remote control. Hold them down for at least three seconds. A status indication other than OK indicates a problem within a specific board How to access the Self-check Screen (Reset) To get into the Self-check mode.TH-42/50PD50U Self-check Function Diagnostic Procedures Self-check is used to automatically check the status of the ICs that are controlled via the IIC bus line.

Number.TH-42PD50U Display UV DT1 DT2 SND AVSWV AVSWA H34DG GC4P HDMI MEM RTC Ref. I/O Table 7 Board DT-Board DT-Board DT-Board H-Board H-Board H-Board DG-Board DG-Board DV-Board DG-Board D-Board 55 . TU3000 IC8211 IC8240 IC2608 IC2602 IC2605 IC4026 IC4018 IC5003 IC4008 IC9007 Description TV Tuner Front Processor HDMSL PEAKS_Lite BBE Viva Video SW Audio SW GC4PRO 10Bits A/D HDMI I/F Receiver EEPROM Ex.

switch off the power by pressing the [POWER] button of the main unit. 2. After entering the adjustment mode.Serviceman Mode How to enter the Serviceman Mode While pressing the [VOLUME DOWN] button of the main unit. write down the value of each Sub item before making any adjustment. press the [RECALL] button of the remote control three times in a row (within 2 seconds). [1] Button to select the Main items in forward direction Main Adjustment Items [2] Button to select the Main items in reverse direction [3] Button to select the Sub items in forward direction [4] Button to select the Sub items in reverse direction Use the [VOLUME UP] and [VOLUME DOWN] buttons of the remote control to change the value of the Sub Items. Figure 49 Contents of adjustment mode 1. Cancellation To exit the serviceman mode. The value is shown as a hexadecimal number. Main Item PCT-ADJ Sub Item PICTURE PICTURE2 COLOR TINT S-BRT RFAGC1 AGC-ADJ1 RFAGC2 AGC-ADJ2 BOOT OPT00 ANT-POW POF-SET STB-SEC EMGCY CLK-ADJ Sample Data 22D 200 30 0 800 74 FIX 74 FIX SD 1 OFF NORMAL SEC OFF 80 OPTION 56 . 3. The preset value differs depending on models. Adjustment method Use the remote control to navigate through the adjustment menu.

OK for more information Figure 50 57 .Inverted SNR: 18 dB Packet Count 3331 CH Map: Available VCM: OK MMS: OK DCM: OK CDS: OK Hidden:1 Undef: 1 Mod: Frq: FAT Status Software version: 1. FDC Status System Frequency: 78. select [OPTION] from the main adjustment item and press the [OK] button of the remote control for three seconds. the [VOLUME UP] button of the main unit and the [VOLUME UP] button of the remote control for 2 seconds.4. To Exit the internal pattern generator.RM-SET STB-CAS EEP COPY COPY Table 8 ALL ALL - Internal Pattern Generator To access the internal pattern generator. simultaneously.0 Oct 09 2003 Elapsed time: 4 days.00 MHz Lock Status: Locked Rate: 1. press the [RETURN] button of the remote control Cable Diagnostic Screen To access the cable diagnostic screen: press.544Mbps Polarity: Non .00 MHz Lock Status: Locked SNR: 35 dB Level 6 dBmV Type: Digital PCR Status: Locked PCR pid 0x0021 : Video pid 0x0021 : Audio pid 0x0022 : CC708 Activated Press EXIT to return. 3 hr 6 min ROM: 8192 KB RAM: 32768 KB POD Status: Present x: 0 POD MAC: N/A POD Net: N/A Authorization status: 0x01 Parental Block: No Video / Channel Status Mode: 256 QAM Frequency: 657. Press the OK button to navigate through the different patterns.

TH-42PX500 Voltage Vsus ± 2V* Name Vsus Test point TPVSUS (SS-BOARD) TPVE Ve ± 1V* Ve (SS-BOARD) TPVSET 240 V ± 7V Vset (SC-BOARD) TPVAD -105 ± 1V Vad (SC-BOARD) TPVDA 70V ± 1V Vda (SS Board) TPVSCN Vad+130V ± 4V VSCN (SC-BOARD) * Refer to the panel label for the exact value Table 9 Volume VR351 (P-BOARD) VR6145 (SS-BOARD) Verify Only VR6477 (SC-BOARD) Verify only Verify only TH-50PX500 Name Vsus Ve Vset Vad Test point TPVSUS (SS-BOARD) TPVE (SS-BOARD) TPVSET (SC-BOARD) TPVAD (SC-BOARD) Voltage Vsus ± 2V* Ve ± 1V* 225 V ± 7V -90 ± 1V 75V ± 1V Vad+130V ± 4V Volume VR351 (P-BOARD) VR6250 (SS-BOARD) Verify Only VR6801 (SC-BOARD) Verify only Verify only TPVDA (SS Board) Vda TPVSCN (SC-BOARD) VSCN * Refer to the panel label for the exact value Table 10 58 . Set the picture controls to: Picture mode = Normal White Balance = Cool Aspect = 16:9 Panel Label information Figure 51 Adjustments To perform the following adjustments. See Figure 51 for more information about the panel label.Adjustments Driver Set-up Item / Preparation Input an APL 100 % white signal. please refer to the panel information label located on the heat sink of the panel.

and White Balance to Normal Adjustments Adjust the indicated test point for the specified waveform. Set the picture mode to Normal.Initialization Pulse Adjustment Item / Preparation Input a Crosshatch signal. Use test point TPSS1 of the SS board as the trigger source. Test point T1 TPSC1 (SC) T2 TPSC1 (SC) Volume ----VR6557 (SC) VR6602 (SC) Level 10 + 10 / -5µ Sec 20 ± 15µ Sec 210 ± 10µ Sec 155 ± 10µ Sec Table 11 Remark TH-42PX500U TH-50PX500U TH-42PX500U TH-50PX500U Drive Waveform Figure 52 59 .

B. (Printed Circuit Board) exchange procedure 1.B. 2.C. P Board SC Board SS Board Name Vsus Vad Ve Volume VR351 (P) VR6477(SC) VR6145 (SS) Remarks * * *Refer to the Panel label for the exact value.B. Quick adjustment after P. Table 12 P.P.C. or Panel exchange TH-42PX500U Test Point Voltage TPVSUS Vsus ± 2V (SS) TPVAD (SC) -105V ± 1V TPVE (SS) Ve ± 1V P.C. Caution Wait 1 minute for the electrolytic capacitors to discharge before removing any PCB from the unit.C. Table 13 60 .B. P Board SC Board SS Board Name Vsus Vad Ve TH-50-PX500U Test Point Voltage TPVSUS Vsus ± 2V (SS) TPVAD (SC) -90V ± 1V TPVE (SS) Ve ± 1V Volume VR351 (P) VR6801(SC) VR6250 (SS) Remarks * * *Refer to the Panel label for the exact value.

Adjustment Volume Locations Figure 53 61 .

Test Point Locations Figure 54 62 .

The D Board is probably defective. Go to step 3. Monochromatic Enter the Self-Check mode and check if “Panel” is OK? Yes No Check the D Board. *1 on page 66. Is the picture noisy or monochromatic? Go to step 1. *2 on page 66. Check the DG or D Board. Monochromatic or noisy Is the picture black or monochromatic / noisy? No SS Board is probably defective. No The SC Board is probably defective. Is there a picture in any portion of the screen? No Is the panel on? No Yes Yes Yes Is the SC Board LED illuminated or is the waveform at TPSC1 ok? See Ref. Go to step 2. 63 . Is the SC Board LED Yes illuminated or is the waveform at TPSS1 ok? See Ref. Is there 70V (VDA) at pins 1 and 2 of the connector SS12? Yes No Check the P board.Troubleshooting No Picture or Partial Picture NOTE: Please utilize this diagnostic flowchart after confirming that all input signals have the same problem.

) No Check the DG board.) No Is the waveform at TPSC1 ok? See Ref. *3 on page 66. Yes Is the LVDS signal output from the DG Board to the D Board OK? (Go to <Check Point> on page 66.Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Is the SCAN CONTROL No PULSE from the D Board to the SC Board OK? (Go to <Check Point> on page 66. Is there a dark picture? Yes No Is the Vda voltage at TP_VDA of the SS board OK? No Check the P board. Yes Check the D board. Yes Check the DG or D board. Go to step 1 Go to Step 4 64 . Check the D board Yes Check the SC board.

Is the Yes.) Yes Check the SS board. Go to Step 5 65 . No Is the 15V at TP_15V on the SS Board OK? Yes No Check the P board.Step 1 Step 4 Is the waveform at TPSS1 ok? See Ref. No Check the D board. upper No lower half Is the or lower half picture picture Check the No problem in the problem in the SD or SC upper or lower upper half of board. half of the the screen? screen? No Yes Check the SU or SC board. Yes Check the DG or D board. Is the SUSTAIN CONTROL PULSE from the D Board to the SS Board OK? (Go to <Check Point> on page 66. *4 on page 66.

Scan and Sustain Drive Waveform Figure 55 Scan and Sustain Drive Check points Figure 56 66 .

Step 5 <HD model>--.42 / 37 inch Where is the picture problem? Right half or left half of the screen No (right half) Left half D Board of the screen? (or C1 & C4 board) Yes (left half) D Board (or C2 & C3 board) Upper right of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the upper right of the screen? Vertical line PDP Panel.See the section entitled Vertical line problem. No picture D Board (or C1 board) Upper left of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the upper left of the screen? Vertical line PDP Panel No picture D Board (or C2 board) Go to Step 6 67 .

Step 6 Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the lower left of the screen? No picture D Board (or C3 board) Vertical line Lower left of the screen PDP Panel Lower right of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the lower right of the screen? No picture D Board (or C4 board) Vertical line PDP Panel <SD model>--. No picture D Board (or C2 board) 68 .42 / 37 inch Where is the picture problem? Right half or left half of the screen No (right half) Is there Vertical no picture or a line Left half wide vertical line of the at the right half of screen? the PDP screen? Panel Yes (left half) No picture D Board (or C1 board) Vertical line PDP Panel Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the left half of the screen? Go to step 6.

middle or right of the screen No (right or middle) Left? Yes D Board (or C3 & C4 board) Right? Yes D Board (or C1 & C6 board) No (middle) D Board (or C2 & C5 board) Upper right of the screen Is there Vertical line no picture or a wide PDP Panel.50 inch Where is the picture problem? One third of the left. No picture D Board (or C1 board) Upper middle of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the upper middle of the screen? No picture D Board (or C2 board) Vertical line PDP Panel Upper left of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the upper left of the screen? No picture D Board (or C3 board) Vertical PDP Panel Go to Step 6 69 .Step 6 <HD model>--.See vertical line at the upper the section entitled right of the Vertical line screen? problem.

Step 6 Lower left of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the lower left of the screen? Vertical line PDP Panel No picture D Board (or C4 board) Lower middle of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the lower middle of the screen? No picture D Board (or C5 board) Vertical line PDP Panel Lower right of the screen Is there no picture or a wide vertical line at the lower right of the screen? No picture Vertical line PDP Panel Check the D Board (or C6 board) 70 .

replace the D board. If the problem persists.Vertical line problems Figure 57 Thin vertical line or no picture in one block A thin vertical line or picture in ¼ of the area driven by a C board indicates a defective driver IC that is mounted on the ribbon cable that connects the C board to the panel. Such a defect usually indicates that the C board may be defective or the D board may not be providing the drive data for the C board. replace the C board first. A number of blocks do not light up The likelihood of all four driver ICs of the panel being defective is very small. To resolve this problem the panel has to be replaced. To resolve this problem. 71 .

No sound from digital TV reception Is there sound from the AV terminal? No Check the H board.Picture ok. Check the TA board. Yes Check the DT board. No sound from analog TV reception Is there sound from the AV terminal? Yes No Check the H board. Sound NG Is there no sound Yes from all input sources? Is there sound from the program out jacks? No Check the H board. No Yes Check the Z board and speakers. 72 .

No Check the H board. No picture and sound from the AV terminal Check the H board. No picture and sound from digital TV reception Check the DT board. no sound Input Source check No picture and no sound from analog TV reception Is the picture and sound of the AV terminal ok? Yes Check the TA board. 73 .No picture.

No Check the H and DG board.No picture. 74 . No Check the DT board. No picture from the AV terminal Check the H board. sound ok Is there picture from one of the AV inputs? Yes Input Source check No Check the H board. No picture from analog TV reception Is there a picture from the AV terminal? Yes Check the TA board. No picture from digital TV reception Is there a picture from the AV terminal? Yes Check the DG board.

13. 4. 19. 9. 6. 8. 7. 17. 75 . and 13 will cause the power LED to blink. 18. 3. and 20 of connector SC20-D20. A missing waveform at one of the pins with the exception of pins 8.How to determine whether the D board or SC board is defective? Figure 58 Note: All SCAN CONTROL PULSES are located at pins 2. 9.

Many vertical lines are seen all over the screen. Cause: The VSET (Initialization) pulse of the Scan Drive signal at pin 9 of connector SC20/D20 has dropped. The problem is the D board.Part of the previous picture is visible on the screen. Figure 59a 76 .Additional Troubleshooting Hints Symptom 1: Picture Noise . Figure 59 Symptom 2: Picture Noise . The problem is the D board. Cause: The voltage of the address period of the Scan Drive Signal at pin 8 of connector SC20/D20 has dropped.

The problem is the D board. Figure 60 The approach to find the defective board is to check the pins of the connector listed in the table below. Check point SC20 or D20 Connector Pin 8 OK NG OK OK NG Pin 9 OK NG NG OK NG Table 14 Defect Board Pin 13 OK OK OK NG NG SC Board D Board D Board D Board D Board 77 .Part of the previous picture remains on the screen. Cause: There is no Erase Pulse in the Scan Drive Signal at pin 13 of connector SC20/D20.Symptom 3: Picture Noise .

5.How to determine whether the D board or SS board is defective? Figure 61 Note: All SUSTAIN CONTROL PULSES are located at pins 3. 6. A missing waveform at one of the pins with the exception of pin 4 will cause the power LED to blink. 78 . 4. 7. and 8 of one of the C (see the table above) and SS44 connectors.

Figure 62 The approach to find the defective board is to check pin 4 of the connectors listed in the table below. The problem is the D board. The voltage Ve of the initializing and address period of Sustain Drive Signal is missing. C32 C23 Pin NO. There is no Sustain Control Pulse at pin 4 of the C or SS connector listed below.Dark screen with a dim picture.Symptom: Cause: Dark picture . Defective Board 4 C32 SS44 SS Board D Board 79 . Check Point Model 37"HD 42"SD 42"HD 50"HD OK NG Table 15 Connector NO.

Glossary and Acronyms ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) Standardization body that developed the Digital Television Terrestrial formats. 80 . DCM (Digital Carrier Module) A PCMCIA type card that is provided by the Cable operator FAT (Forward Application Transport) FAT 12 or FAT 16: File systems used in formatting the memory cards. CDS (Current Directory Structure) DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) Unified standard established by Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). Password A four-digit code a user must provide in order to perform a function. FDC STATUS (Forward Data Channel Status) POD (Point Of Deployment) PCR (Program Clock Reference) PID (Packet Identification Data) HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Interface that supports every uncompressed digital format as well as all existing multichannel audio format on a single cable JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) A system used for compressing/decoding color still pictures. MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) Guild governing rating assignments to movies NTSC (National Television Systems Committee) Standardization body that developed the Analog Television Terrestrial formats.

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