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

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

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 .

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

Plasma AI Processor Data Driver (Left) Data Driver (Right) Scan Drive Scan out (Upper) Scan out (Lower) Sustain Drive Remote receiver. Audio AMP Format Converter. 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. Power SOS Audio Power AV Terminal.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.

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. AV Switch ATSC Interface HDMI Interface Digital Signal Processor Speaker out. Audio AMP Format Converter. Power SOS Audio Power. Plasma Ai Processor Remote receiver.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. 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 .

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. Plasma AI Processor Power Supply Scan Drive Scan out (Down) Sustain Connector (Up) Sustain Drive Sustain Connector (Down) Scan out (Up) Remote receiver. AV Switch DC-DC Converter. OPT SD Card Slot PC Card Slot. Power SOS Speaker out.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. 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 .

The Standby circuit supplies STB5V and 5V for FAN SOS. The basic operation of the new P board is the same as that of the older Plasma Display Televisions. The main circuit supplies Vsus voltage for sustain and scan operations. 15V for sustain. 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. scan. and 12V for audio power. Vda voltage for data drive (C boards). and fan operations. 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. 7 .

) Figure 6 8 . 5.Standby Circuit Figure 5 The diode D602 and the transformer T501 are used to develop the STB5V supply. (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).

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

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

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

The data is amplified and output to pin 102 of the MPU. Figure 12 12 . a low is provided to pin 86 (Key scan 3) of the microprocessor IC4005. IC4005. When Q4001 is on.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. 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.

(See Fig. This low is applied to the gate of Q9003 turning it on to provide 5V to pins 1 and 2 of IC9008 (3. it does a reset and outputs a high at pin 48 (Main Panel ON). The low from pin 115 is connected to the base of Q4008 located on the DG board.Upon receiving the power on command. 12). thus turning it on. The 3. 28. the Main 5V. 25. the collector goes low.3V Reg. and output a High to the base of Q9000 on the D board. When Q9000 is on.). When IC9003 receives the 3. and 100 of the microprocessor IC9003. Pin 21 is connected to pin 28 of the connector PA20 via pin 1 of the connector DG20. 64. This voltage is provided to pin 17 of the connector P25. 89.3V is also connected to the reset circuit IC9004. The 3.3V. 24. It causes Q4008 to stop conducting. the Main 3.3V. The high at pin 21 is the control signal used to turn on the circuit that generates the SUB 3.3V out of pin 4 of IC9008 is connected to the VCC pins 3. pin 21 of IC4005 (Tuner Main ON) goes high and pin 115 (Panel STB ON) goes low. Figure 13 13 . and the Main 9V sources of the PA board.3V.

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

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

16 . 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.

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

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

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

20 . The SS board is responsible for the generation of the sustain pulses. Sustain pulses are used to initialize and control the brightness of the screen.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 SS2 and SS3 boards are extension (connector) boards used to connect the SC board to the panel.

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

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

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

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

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

IC2608 contains the BBE VIVA technology circuit used for sound processing. 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. The selected audio signals are output to the DG Board without alteration. 26 . 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. Pins 29 and 30 of IC2605 provide the audio for the program out jack.Audio Input Selection Block Diagram Figure 21 IC2605 of the H board handles the audio selection of all inputs.

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

DG Board Block Diagram Figure 23 The main function of the DG board is to process all incoming video signals. It also processes the Photoviewer (JPEG) data of the SD and PC cards. or digital component signal of the DT board are output to the DG board via the connector DT12/DG22. Photoviewer data from the G and GS boards are input to the DT board via the connectors DT10 and DT05. IC2602 of the H board selects the desired video signals among the many video inputs. and QAM television signals. 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. The ATSC interface (DT board) processes the ATSC. 28 . The digital video of the digital TV reception enters the RGB processor (GC4PRO). The JPEG data is converted to analog luminance and chrominance signals and output to the DG board.The DT board contains the host identification number and stores the POD identification number of the cable service provider. It also processes the JPEG data of the SD and PC cards used for viewing pictures. NTSC. The composite. luminance and chrominance.

29 . Pb. or Y. Pr.The Main and sub video output of the H board are provided to the DG board via the connector H2/DG2. Y/C. The input signals can be in any of the three formats: 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. The output of IC4018 is provided to the RGB processor (GC4PRO). which is already Y/C separated. Operation of IC4019 is exactly the same as IC4018. and Pr signals are converted to digital only. S-Video. Pb. 30 . Pr signals are converted to digital data by an analog to digital (A/D) converter circuit located inside the Global Core IC. Pb/C.Board. the Y.Signal Process Circuit Main Picture Signal Flow Figure 24 On the DG. IC4019 processes the Sub video data for use in the PIP or split screen mode. IC4019 for conversion into digital. the composite or S-Video signal is now in the form of a digital 480i component signal. IC4018 (ADV7403). The chrominance data is then applied to the Chroma demodulator circuit that separates the color signal into Pb and Pr data. Sub Picture Signal Flow The sub video enters the global core IC. If the incoming video is in the 480p and 1080i format. At the completion of this process. the main Y/V. The input signals are output to the RGB processor (GC4PRO) in the form of a digital component signal. simply passes through the comb filter.

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

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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36 .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. 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. it is applied to the SU and SD boards for de-multiplexing.

SS Board Explanation Figure 32 After the video signal is processed on the D board. 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 erase pulse is output at the beginning of each scan period. the sustain and erase pulses are output to the SS board. The sustain pulses are also developed on the D board and are applied after the scan periods.

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

The Sustain pulse is developed using a similar circuit as the Scan Pulse. 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 drivers switch the voltages (150V. The basic waveform remains constant but the exact number of sustain pulses is determined by the amount of luminance required. see the figure above.

PA board (Power SOS) D. 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. Number of Power LED blinks 1 Blinking Timing Suspected Board D. a dark LED indicates that a problem exists on that board. 40 . Fan (Fan SOS) H. P board 4 5 6 P. PB. The faulty circuit may be easily identified by counting the number of flashes emitted by the power LED located in front of the unit. The LEDs should be lit during normal operation. DG board PA Board (No power for tuner) PB 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.

The input pins of the MPU.SOS Detection Circuits SOS Detect (D Board) The GPH8DU chassis have several protection circuits that are designed to protect the receiver from major damage. are used to detect possible abnormalities. If one of the protection circuits is activated by some fault within the receiver. as shown in the figure on the right. The input pins of the MPU. If one of the protection circuits is activated by some fault within the receiver. the problem facing the technician is to find out which protection circuit is shutting down the receiver and why. Figure 37 41 . the problem facing the technician is to find out which protection circuit is shutting down the receiver and why. are used to detect possible abnormalities. as shown in the figure on the right. 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. 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.

Upon detection. the MPU IC9003 of the D board relates the information to pin 110 (Panel_SOS) of IC4005.of the D board. located on the DG board. IC4005 of the DG board and IC9003. to trigger the shutdown of the unit. IC4005 of the DG board monitors for an abnormality detected on the PA and the PB boards. 42 . The MPU IC9003 of the D board monitors a variety of SOS inputs. 37). 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. All other SOS conditions are monitored by IC4005 located on the D board (see fig. The SOS input at pin 111 is an active high when an abnormality is detected. They are monitored by two microprocessors.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.

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

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

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

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

If the power LED continues to generate the same amount of blinks. 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. The connector information should be used for troubleshooting purposes. Instead of using a peak hold voltmeter. Note: The unit will become totally inoperative if the connector P10 is disconnected.P Board SOS Detection Figure 43 This drawing is used to verify an SOS condition that may have originated from the P Board. this usually indicates that the problem is located in the disconnected board. The system control circuit will be unable to power the unit. If it does. The switched voltages of connector P23 and P5 are monitored on the SC and PB boards. 47 . The power LED will blink ten times immediately after connecting the unit to the wall outlet. The remaining voltages are monitored for abnormalities directly on the P board. 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. Z. more troubleshooting is required. If the power LED continues to generate the same amount of blinks. If it does. H. 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. This SOS condition is created when there is an abnormality of any of the voltages shown in the diagram.Voltage Distribution of the PA board and SOS Detection Figure 44 This diagram depicts the distribution of the PA board voltages to the DG. 48 . this usually indicates that the problem is located in the disconnected board. and K boards. Instead of using a peak hold voltmeter. DT. DV.

49 .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.

If a short is detected. The main 9V source of the PA board is also used on the Z board. 50 . 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. Twelve blinks are generated when an abnormality 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. the transistor Q2323 monitors the 10 and 9 volts sources for a short. a high output is provided to the base of Q2324 resulting in a low output to pin 15 of IC4005. On the Z board.

How to exit the Self-check Screen To exit the Self-check mode. press the power button in front of the unit for approximately three seconds. the status is OK. 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. The word “SELFCHECK“ appears at the center of the screen for a few seconds. re-activation will be required after the reset. Hold them down for at least three seconds. and the SLEEP button on the remote control. Screen Display Figure 47 Note: All Customer settings (parameters) including CableCard activation data will be erased.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. Under normal condition. 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. and then a graphic OSD that resembles the one in the figure below appears. The unit automatically tunes to channel 3. 51 . If the customer uses a CableCard.

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 . 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.Self-Check Screen Explanation Display UV DT1 DT2 H13UV2 SND AVSWV AVSWA ADV GC3FS GC4P HDMI MEM RTC Ref.

PB. Number of Power LED blinks 1 Blinking Timing Suspected Board D. The faulty circuit may be easily identified by counting the number of flashes emitted by the power LED located in front of the unit. 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.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 4 5 6 P. PA board (Power SOS) D. DG board PA Board (No power for tuner) PB board. Z Board (Sound SOS / Speaker shorted) Table 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 53 .

The unit self tunes to channel 3. press and hold down the VOLUME DOWN button on the front of the unit. 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. re-activation will be required after the reset. If the customer uses a CableCard. The word “SELF-CHECK“ appears at the center of the screen for a few seconds.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. and then a graphic OSD that resembles the one in the figure below appears. Under normal condition. 54 . Screen Display Figure 48 All Customer settings (parameters) including CableCard activation data will be erased. The unit powers down and then powers back up in a few seconds. Hold them down for at least three seconds. and the SLEEP button on the remote control. press the power button in front of the unit for approximately three seconds. How to exit the Self-check Screen To exit the Self-check mode. the status is OK.

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 . Number. 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.TH-42PD50U Display UV DT1 DT2 SND AVSWV AVSWA H34DG GC4P HDMI MEM RTC Ref.

After entering the adjustment mode. 3. Cancellation To exit the serviceman mode. switch off the power by pressing the [POWER] button of the main unit. 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 . The preset value differs depending on models. 2.Serviceman Mode How to enter the Serviceman Mode While pressing the [VOLUME DOWN] button of the main unit. Adjustment method Use the remote control to navigate through the adjustment menu. The value is shown as a hexadecimal number. write down the value of each Sub item before making any adjustment. Figure 49 Contents of adjustment mode 1. [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. press the [RECALL] button of the remote control three times in a row (within 2 seconds).

To Exit the internal pattern generator.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.RM-SET STB-CAS EEP COPY COPY Table 8 ALL ALL - Internal Pattern Generator To access the internal pattern generator. Press the OK button to navigate through the different patterns. FDC Status System Frequency: 78. the [VOLUME UP] button of the main unit and the [VOLUME UP] button of the remote control for 2 seconds. press the [RETURN] button of the remote control Cable Diagnostic Screen To access the cable diagnostic screen: press.4.0 Oct 09 2003 Elapsed time: 4 days. OK for more information Figure 50 57 .00 MHz Lock Status: Locked Rate: 1.544Mbps Polarity: Non . simultaneously.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. select [OPTION] from the main adjustment item and press the [OK] button of the remote control for three seconds.

please refer to the panel information label located on the heat sink of the panel.Adjustments Driver Set-up Item / Preparation Input an APL 100 % white signal. 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. 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 .

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 . Set the picture mode to Normal.Initialization Pulse Adjustment Item / Preparation Input a Crosshatch signal. and White Balance to Normal Adjustments Adjust the indicated test point for the specified waveform. Use test point TPSS1 of the SS board as the trigger source.

C. 2. (Printed Circuit Board) exchange procedure 1. Table 12 P. Table 13 60 .C.B.C. Quick adjustment after P.P. 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. or Panel exchange TH-42PX500U Test Point Voltage TPVSUS Vsus ± 2V (SS) TPVAD (SC) -105V ± 1V TPVE (SS) Ve ± 1V P. Caution Wait 1 minute for the electrolytic capacitors to discharge before removing any PCB from the unit.B.C. 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.B.B.

Adjustment Volume Locations Figure 53 61 .

Test Point Locations Figure 54 62 .

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

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. Go to step 1 Go to Step 4 64 . Yes Check the DG or D board. Check the D board Yes Check the SC board.) No Is the waveform at TPSC1 ok? See Ref.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. *3 on page 66.) No Check the DG board. Yes Is the LVDS signal output from the DG Board to the D Board OK? (Go to <Check Point> on page 66.

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. Yes Check the DG or D board. *4 on page 66. 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. Is the SUSTAIN CONTROL PULSE from the D Board to the SS Board OK? (Go to <Check Point> on page 66. Is the Yes. Go to Step 5 65 .) Yes Check the SS board. half of the the screen? screen? No Yes Check the SU or SC board.

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

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 5 <HD model>--.See the section entitled Vertical line problem.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.

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.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 .

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 . 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.See vertical line at the upper the section entitled right of the Vertical line screen? problem.Step 6 <HD model>--.50 inch Where is the picture problem? One third of the left.

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 .

To resolve this problem the panel has to be replaced. 71 . To resolve this problem.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. If the problem persists. 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. replace the D board.

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

73 . 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. No picture and sound from the AV terminal Check the H board.No picture. No Check the H board.

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

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

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. Figure 59 Symptom 2: Picture Noise .Part of the previous picture is visible on the screen. Figure 59a 76 .Additional Troubleshooting Hints Symptom 1: Picture Noise . 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.Many vertical lines are seen all over the screen.

Part of the previous picture remains on the screen. 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 . Cause: There is no Erase Pulse in the Scan Drive Signal at pin 13 of connector SC20/D20. The problem is the D board.Symptom 3: Picture Noise . Figure 60 The approach to find the defective board is to check the pins of the connector listed in the table below.

A missing waveform at one of the pins with the exception of pin 4 will cause the power LED to blink. 4. 78 . 7. 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. and 8 of one of the C (see the table above) and SS44 connectors. 6.

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

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.Glossary and Acronyms ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) Standardization body that developed the Digital Television Terrestrial formats. 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. 80 . 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.

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