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Inverter Board location---

The first device the 120 Volt power cord connects or terminates, is this the Inverter Board?

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  • tobacmon Feb 23, 2008

    I was thinking if I follow my 120 volt plug into the back of my LCD—I thought this is or would be where the inverter would be. I know what a connector is I am talking of the actual entire board. Please explain and thanks for the help.

    Just a note I have 3 sections of boards in the back of my LCD—1-- Where my 120volt power feed, 2-middle of screen, and then 1 more. Which are you speaking of the middle board—any scene shot?

  • tobacmon Feb 23, 2008

    Yes it has helped-- I appreciate this--Do you know where I might fine one for the best price?

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Hi,

No, that is just the connector. The inverter board is inside the LCD on an elongated printed circuit board. Its input would be pure DC as opposed to AC from the 120 mains. Its function is to produce high frequency/high voltage to supply the Cold Cathode Florescent Lamp(s) which provide the backlight illumination of the LCD panel.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Feb 23, 2008

    Hi again,

    My compliments that you have gone as far as checking the inside of the monitor.

    Chances are the board where the 120 leads to would be the power supply board.

    Most inverters are elongated printed circuit boards with small transformers for the high freq/high voltage. Below are images of inverters.


    To my understanding, a most Gateway models uses either an LG708G or an LG708K. The inverter itself was manufactured by Ambit with part# 6633TZA013A.

    Hope this be of additional help.




  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Feb 23, 2008

    Many components or LCD monitors are available on line. The easiest would be to do a Google for "LCD parts"

    Incidentally, the previously posted images were adapted from lcdparts.com

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