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PSU or inverter problem?

Hello, May I ask for your help please? I read a posting from you regarding an Olivea LCD TV and you suggested it's likely to be a capacitor problem etc. My TV is a Haier but has the same symptoms of a blue screen for 1 second. Having measured the transformer primaries I'm seeing 900 ohms, so have ruled them and dry joints out because the screen is full blue, no missing bits etc. The PSU is giving 25.3v on the 24v line either with or without the inverter connected. Otherwise the PSU seems fine. I can't see any bulging capacitors either, so this has me stumped! Thanks for your time, Ian - UK

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    iansmusical Dec 23, 2008

    Hello, Thanks for getting back to me. No the set remains powered on just the backlight that isn't working. I do understand these Darfon V144 boards are terrible! Admittedly there are about 11 caps on the inverter board but I don't have an ESR meter. However, they'd be cheap to replace! Is it worth unsoldering all the transformers and checking their resistance out of the circuit? What about powering the inverter from a separate PSU to rule out the sets PSU? Incidentally there's 0.5v on the FB pin of the OZ960 on the inverter board and 0v on the OVP pin. Thank you for your continued help. Ian - UK

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    iansmusical Dec 24, 2008

    Hello, Do you happen to know if a Darfon 4H.V1448.291/B1 inverter will work as a replacement? They don't have the single wire connector, which comes from the other end of the CCFL tubes, is that a problem? I don't have the replacement caps at the moment but I did try a 100uF cap (same as original) in parallel with each cap in case they'd gone open but it made no difference. The fuses on the board are also ok, which I happened to notice today too! Thanks again for your help and have a great Christmas :-) Ian - UK

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    Sonny Berry May 11, 2010

    does the set power down after the blue screen or continue on to operating? If it powers down I would suspect bad caps on the inverter, often they wont show any sign of bulging, A ESR meter will quickly pinpoint a bad cap in circuit if you have access to one, Which wuld be alot cheaper than replacing panels that may or may not need replacing.



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I would recomend replacing the 11 caps on the inverter as 90% of the time its failed capacitors on the inverter. If you shine a bright light into the screen can you see the pic? Thats usually one of the first things I do when I suspect bad caps on the inverter.

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The tip contains only general indications. The reader is supposed to have the training to apply in practice the testing method below.

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