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Fitting A Universal Board And Inverter In LG TV Model 32LN5100

By on July 16, 2021
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This LG TV belonged to a close electronic technician, who switched over to Electrical and plumbing works. This defective TV was given to him by someone and handled by a few technicians unsuccessfully. The reported defect, which was confirmed by my test too, was the set got switched on, with no display and none of the controls worked, including from the Remote Control. After opening and cleaning the set, when I checked up, found that all the voltages on the Power supply were present: 5V, 3.3V for standby, 12V for panel and 24V for audio section. The voltage of around 33V for the inverter section was also present.

Looked for any burnt/burst components on the main board and did not find any. Downloaded the schematic of this TV and found that the slave power regulators were also giving out proper outputs. The IC was getting the required voltages at the pins marked in the circuit diagram. The power on for inverter and panel were not coming out from the IC, though it got released from the standby. Then, on enquiry with my whatsapp group, many conveyed that failure of the uController IC was quite common in LG and even if we replaced the IC or the full board it, it would fail again. Moreover these were very costly too! I wrote a feedback to CEO of LG about this as well as failure of backlight which are reported to be quite common in LG models and got an acknowledgement too from them. Though many of my friends objected to my action, siting that it was a sort of self-destruction, as the bread and butter of all electronic technicians who solely live from its income depended on such failures, I gave more weight to my responsibility as a citizen to protect the interests of the mass, who bought these TVs. I believe that it is incumbent on each and every one of us to bring such common issues to the concerned giving chance to take corrective action. I have never hesitated to highlight and draw the attention of the concerned authorities whenever I have found an anomaly in public services or any such incidents that affected the public.

Let it be a public convenience, service or other, I never thought it a botheration to write a complaint or give feedback to the concerned. Same applies to appreciations too! I have submitted or written several feedbacks whenever good things or services were observed. As a responsible citizen, we should be a part of the system and help it progress in the right direction by our active involvement. Now let us have a look at the boards and the acknowledgement from LG:

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(To zoom and read, kindly press control key and scroll up/down as advised by Jestine Yong)

Since the cost of replacement of the board or IC was prohibitively costly and stood a chance of repetition of failure, as already mentioned by me earlier, I went ahead and ordered for the following Universal Board with its accessories:

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This is commonly referred to as U11 board. I learnt all these from my techie friends. Being my first attempt in fitting a Universal Board in an LCD TV, I took guidance from them for the step by step action. By default the jumper switch is connected to 5V. So, I changed it to 12V, as the panel of this TV worked on it. There is an option to select 3.3V too on the board. The external connections that go to the inverter are marked on the backside of the PCB.

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The main points to be taken care of by us are (1) Panel voltages, 3.3V, 5V or 12V (2)Type of LVDS cable, i.e., power supply pins on left or right; T-con/Scale board side connector facing up or down 3) HD ready or full HD panel. For HD ready panel, the connector will have only around half the data connections but for full HD panel, these will be almost full. In this case, the TV was HD ready, with a resolution of 1366×768, whereas for a Full HD the resolution is 1920×1080 pixels. And I required an LVDS cable having power supply on the left and facing upwards, as can be seen from the following picture of the T-Con Board:

t-con board for lg tv

I had bought a 12V, 5A adaptor with the Universal Board along with the extra accessories ordered for keeping a standby board and power supply. I powered the Universal Board and found it to be working. When we connect the power and switch on, the LED will light in red colour and when we press the standby, it changes to blue. Kindly see pictures below:

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I connected the cables and wired the 12V supply from LG’s original power supply board and return connection for standby and power on from the Universal Board. But the backlight did not get on, though the power on was ok and power supply to inverter side was also ok. The backlight was ok when I isolated its connection and checked it with an LED checker. So, the problem was in the inverter side. I looked for any defective components in and around the inverter IC and could not find any. As the inverter section was defective, I decided to discard this bulky power supply board and use the Adapter. Then fit an inverter board in its place and provided the power supply and other power on and dim connections from the Universal Board. After this, when I switched on the TV was working, but with a different resolution. Using the Remote, I input numbers 20081 upon which the resolution got adjusted to 1366×768.

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The inverter was also working very well with a 67 V supply at around 100mA current.

100ma current in tv

Next job was to cut the back cover to fix the Universal Board, as all its connections were on the side. The case bought for fitting the Universal Board had to be housed properly. I kept the case and marked the area to be cut. Then cut and removed the plastic portions from there. I could fix the case properly after repeated cutting and filings.

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I made space for the lengthier sensor PCB in the same place where the original was and inserted it there.

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After completion of all the internal wiring and placement, fixed the back cover and allowed the TV to run for several hours. It worked very well adding great satisfaction to its collection bag and drawing curtain on this article.

Those of you who are interested to know more about the Universal Board, kindly see it in the following link: VS.T56U11.2 Universal TV Card Full Details – Dip Electronics LAB

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This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 72 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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18 Comments

  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    July 16, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    The zoom to read your letter and the answer form LG, pressing the control key and scroll up/down as advised by Jestine Yong still doesn't work on modern Windows 10 computers! (maybe it only does on Windows 7 if Jestine still uses that OS?)
    But I was able to understand most of the article to know that I never will repeat such difficult and troublesome repair adventures that only you successfully dare to undertake!

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    • Parasuraman Subramanian

      July 16, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      I use windows 10 and it works in its own browser! Many thanks for your comments!

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      • Albert van Bemmelen

        July 16, 2021 at 8:08 pm

        It maybe depends on the browser you use? But in my browsers (I tried several) it doesn't work in any of them. Not in Opera, neither in Google Chrome. There is no Up/Down scroll option to zoom either! It also may depend on what version upgrade of Windows 10 you use? Since Microsoft disabled several nicely working tools possibly for safety reasons? Like the very nice working Photoviewer with the Diashow option that they removed after upgrading. And in the past I was perfectly able to save any article without losing any lines in the PDF result. That also changed to degrading functionality!

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        • Parasuraman S

          July 17, 2021 at 2:59 pm

          Yes, in Windows 10 itself, variations are there depending on the processor/mother board used. I always used Microsoft Edge and Bing to search. Press control and use the scroll button of mouse to zoom in or out. An indication immediately comes on the top showing the percentage!

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          • Imoudu Onwumah

            July 18, 2021 at 3:55 am

            I agree with you totally in respect to letter you wrote to lg.We should not be concern just about ourself, we should act with generality of people in view for good. Moreover no electronic appliance last forever, it will have problem,irrespective of its high quality and still get back to us for repairs. Thanks for your effort sir.

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            • Parasuraman S

              July 18, 2021 at 8:25 pm

              Many thanks for your comments!

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    • Joven Urbano

      July 17, 2021 at 1:26 am

      Mine is Windows 10 and the zoom worked fine with control and scroll keys.

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      • Parasuraman S

        July 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

        Good!

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  2. Y. S. Rao

    July 16, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Nice posting with open heart. In my case, Gigabyte motherboard spoiled costly intel processor because of bad motherboard. To test the board, another processor is also damaged. I never faced with intel motherboards. We should bring the faults to CEO and not support service personals who are casual and do not take action. We are all thankful to Parasuraman and Jestine Yong.

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    • Parasuraman S

      July 16, 2021 at 8:38 pm

      Many thanks for your unique observations and comments!

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  3. Waleed Rishmawi

    July 16, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    I am not a fan of LG products. Parts so expensive and keep failing. I have written my complaint about the expensive parts and that they keep failing and they wrote back we appreciate your concern but nothing was done on the issue. everytime I get LG product in the shop I get hesitant to even consider working on it. I have one in the shop right now and has issue of back light and still looking for parts and two days ago I found the parts but it was expensive and the customer did not agree the price so now it is sitting in my shop to be taken as parts for future repair. have a blessed day

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    • Joven Urbano

      July 17, 2021 at 1:29 am

      Job well done! Can you please share the link where you get schematic diagrams? Thanks!

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      • Parasuraman S

        July 17, 2021 at 3:02 pm

        Please use open web. Most of them are available. Type in the chassis number as printed on the PCB. Many times it worked. But I also get help from my techie friends' whatsup group!

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      • Joven Urbano

        July 22, 2021 at 1:46 am

        Ok. Thnaks!

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    • Parasuraman S

      July 17, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      Yes, you are right! There are many such issues in LG. Looking that way, which brand is not bad? All of them keep feeding us! (LOL)

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  4. Imoudu

    July 18, 2021 at 4:59 am

    Did you do firm software programming on the board sir?

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    • Parasuraman S

      July 18, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      No!

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  5. Yogesh Panchal

    July 28, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Good Job! Sir

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