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

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

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 .

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

AV Switch ATSC Interface HDMI Interface Digital Signal Processor Speaker out.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. Audio AMP Format Converter. Plasma AI Processor Data Driver (Left) Data Driver (Right) Scan Drive Scan out (Upper) Scan out (Lower) Sustain Drive Remote receiver. 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 .

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. Audio AMP Format Converter. Power SOS Audio Power. Plasma Ai Processor Remote receiver. 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. AV Switch ATSC Interface HDMI Interface Digital Signal Processor Speaker out. 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 DC-DC Converter. OPT SD Card Slot PC Card Slot. 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.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. Power SOS Speaker out. 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. 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 .

7 . 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. The main circuit supplies Vsus voltage for sustain and scan operations. scan. and 12V for audio power. Vda voltage for data drive (C boards).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. 15V for sustain. The basic operation of the new P board is the same as that of the older Plasma Display Televisions. The F_STB14V is used on the PA board to generate other operating voltages. and fan operations. The Standby circuit supplies STB5V and 5V for FAN SOS.

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

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

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

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

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

3V. The 3. 25. it does a reset and outputs a high at pin 48 (Main Panel ON). This voltage is provided to pin 17 of the connector P25. 12). (See Fig.3V. the Main 3. The 3. 28. 64.3V out of pin 4 of IC9008 is connected to the VCC pins 3. Figure 13 13 . and the Main 9V sources of the PA board. 24. It causes Q4008 to stop conducting.3V is also connected to the reset circuit IC9004. When Q9000 is on. pin 21 of IC4005 (Tuner Main ON) goes high and pin 115 (Panel STB ON) goes low. When IC9003 receives the 3. the Main 5V.). This low is applied to the gate of Q9003 turning it on to provide 5V to pins 1 and 2 of IC9008 (3. The high at pin 21 is the control signal used to turn on the circuit that generates the SUB 3. the collector goes low.Upon receiving the power on command. 89. thus turning it on.3V Reg. The low from pin 115 is connected to the base of Q4008 located on the DG board. Pin 21 is connected to pin 28 of the connector PA20 via pin 1 of the connector DG20. and output a High to the base of Q9000 on the D board. and 100 of the microprocessor IC9003.3V.

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

15 . 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. All voltages originate from this board.

16 .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 can prove useful when troubleshooting.

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

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

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

20 . 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. Sustain pulses are used to initialize and control the brightness of the screen.

The DT-Board also incorporates the OpenCable interface for use with a Cable Card. 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. U. The same jack outputs PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) when any other signal source is selected. the firmware information located in the DT board may be upgraded by using an SD card. 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. 21 . the output from the Digital Audio Out jack is Dolby Digital. As the OpenCable service changes. V data and outputs it to the DG board for video selection and processing. The HDMI IF receiver converts the digital signal into parallel Y. This tuner allows the reception of Digital Cable television without the use of a set-topbox. 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. An SD card slot is also included in the DT board.TH-42PX50U Block Diagram Figure 18 The DV board processes HDMI or DVI input signals.

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

When a digital channel is selected. The same jack outputs PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) when any other signal source is selected. Digital television signals (Y. As the OpenCable service changes. U. It is also used to receive QAM cable television transmission. Pr) are output to the DG board for video selection and processing. the output from the Digital Audio Out jack is Dolby Digital. The HDMI IF receiver converts the digital signal into parallel Y. An SD card slot is also included in the DT board.TH-42PD50U Block Diagram Figure 19 The DV board processes HDMI or DVI input signals. 23 . the firmware information located in the DT board may be upgraded by using an SD card. It is a hybrid tuner that processes NTSC and ATSC terrestrial broadcast for reproduction on the TV screen. Pb. Analog Television signals are output to the H board and selected like any other source. 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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The erase pulse is output at the beginning of each scan period. 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. 37 . The sustain pulses are also developed on the D board and are applied after the scan periods.SS Board Explanation Figure 32 After the video signal is processed on the D board. the sustain and erase pulses are output to the SS board.

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

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. see the figure above. The drivers switch the voltages (150V. 155V and 175V) at selected intervals determined by the D board.The Sustain pulse is developed using a similar circuit as the Scan Pulse. 39 .

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

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

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

the inline zener diode goes into conduction and turn on transistor Q5644. If any of these supply voltages becomes excessive.5V lines. 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_9V. to trigger the SOS condition.3V. MAIN_5V. and MAIN_2. a voltage drop appears at the base of Q5641. IC4005. 43 . causing it to turn on and output a high to pin 111 of the MPU.

5V. 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. IC4005. 44 . triggering an SOS condition. MAIN_2. and MAIN_5V lines.Short Circuit Detection of Main Voltage (10 Blinks) Figure 40 The transistor Q5642 monitors the MAIN_9V.

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

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

Instead of using a peak hold voltmeter. 47 . The system control circuit will be unable to power the unit. more troubleshooting is required. this usually indicates that the problem is located in the disconnected 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. The connector information should be used for troubleshooting purposes. If it does. Note: The unit will become totally inoperative if the connector P10 is disconnected. The remaining voltages are monitored for abnormalities directly on the P board. The switched voltages of connector P23 and P5 are monitored on the SC and PB boards.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 LED will blink ten times immediately after connecting the unit to the wall outlet.

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. A high input at pin 111 of IC4005 will cause the unit to shut down and generate ten blinks of the power LED. If it does. DT. This SOS condition is created when there is an abnormality of any of the voltages shown in the diagram. Instead of using a peak hold voltmeter. this usually indicates that the problem is located in the disconnected board. If the power LED continues to generate the same amount of blinks. and K boards.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 . DV. more troubleshooting is required. Z.

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.

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

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

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

DG board PA Board (No power for tuner) PB board. Fan (Fan SOS) H. 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. Number of Power LED blinks 1 Blinking Timing Suspected Board D. Z Board (Sound SOS / Speaker shorted) Table 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 53 . 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. PA board (Power SOS) 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.

and the SLEEP button on the remote control. the status is OK. If the customer uses a CableCard. 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 unit self tunes to channel 3. press and hold down the VOLUME DOWN button on the front of the unit. Under normal condition. re-activation will be required after the reset. Hold them down for at least three seconds. The word “SELF-CHECK“ appears at the center of the screen for a few seconds. 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. 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. 54 .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. Screen Display Figure 48 All Customer settings (parameters) including CableCard activation data will be erased.

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. 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 .

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

00 MHz Lock Status: Locked Rate: 1.00 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.544Mbps Polarity: Non . Press the OK button to navigate through the different patterns. FDC Status System Frequency: 78. OK for more information Figure 50 57 . the [VOLUME UP] button of the main unit and the [VOLUME UP] button of the remote control for 2 seconds. 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.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. simultaneously. press the [RETURN] button of the remote control Cable Diagnostic Screen To access the cable diagnostic screen: press.RM-SET STB-CAS EEP COPY COPY Table 8 ALL ALL - Internal Pattern Generator To access the internal pattern generator.0 Oct 09 2003 Elapsed time: 4 days. To Exit the internal pattern generator. select [OPTION] from the main adjustment item and press the [OK] button of the remote control for three seconds.4.

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 . 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. 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.

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

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

Adjustment Volume Locations Figure 53 61 .

Test Point Locations Figure 54 62 .

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

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. Yes Check the DG or D board. Check the D board Yes Check the SC board. Yes Check the 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.) 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. *3 on page 66. Go to step 1 Go to Step 4 64 .) No Is the waveform at TPSC1 ok? See Ref.

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

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

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 .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.Step 5 <HD model>--.

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. No picture D Board (or C2 board) 68 .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 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.50 inch Where is the picture problem? One third of the left.See vertical line at the upper the section entitled right of the Vertical line screen? problem.Step 6 <HD model>--.

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. 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. 71 . To resolve this problem the panel has to be replaced. 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 C board first. 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 D board.

Picture ok. Check the TA board. No Yes Check the Z board and speakers. 72 . No sound from digital TV reception Is there sound from the AV terminal? No Check the H 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. Yes Check the DT board.

No Check the H board. No picture and sound from digital TV reception Check the DT board. 73 . 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 picture. No picture from analog TV reception Is there a picture from the AV terminal? Yes Check the TA board. sound ok Is there picture from one of the AV inputs? Yes Input Source check No Check the H board. No picture from the AV terminal Check the H board. No Check the DT board. No picture from digital TV reception Is there a picture from the AV terminal? Yes Check the DG board. No Check the H and DG board. 74 .

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

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

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

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

Figure 62 The approach to find the defective board is to check pin 4 of the connectors listed in the table below.Dark screen with a dim picture. There is no Sustain Control Pulse at pin 4 of the C or SS connector listed below. The voltage Ve of the initializing and address period of Sustain Drive Signal is missing. C32 C23 Pin NO.Symptom: Cause: Dark picture . The problem is the D board. 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.

Password A four-digit code a user must provide in order to perform a function. 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. 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. 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).Glossary and Acronyms ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) Standardization body that developed the Digital Television Terrestrial formats. 80 .

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