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LG 14 inch CRT Ultra slim television with shut down symptoms now repaired

By on January 11, 2016
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I meet one of my neighbors on my way to work and requested me for assistance on his two TVs which he suspected were hit by high voltage within the estate since they stopped working the same day. So I passed by his place in the evening to collect them, he was not indoors but the wife was around and since she also know me she has no problem letting me go with the television.

Back in my workshop I powered the TV via the series bulb and as you can see the bulb was very bright and even after one minute still the bulb was bright and with that I concluded there must be a shorted component in there, especially on the primary side of the power supply.

series light bulb trick

Equipment hit be high voltage usually affects the primary components and therefore even before opening I was expecting a easy fix. I opened the set and headed straight to the primary side of the power supply and my first component to test was the switching transistor which usually short when there is power surge.

power surge

I pulled my analogue meter and testing across the C-E junction and got high and reversing the meter probe I got low. This is how it should be if it is okay and with that I decided to believe my meter. I tested the primary rectifier diodes and all tested okay.

I then crossed over to the secondary side and tested across the H.O.T transistor and was also found okay. So now I wondered: Was it really power surge or I am dealing with a different animal (problem). So I decided to think outside the box and ruled out power surge problem and decided to do general troubleshooting.

I applied power once again and very keen to see what is happening and to my surprise I noted the screen is coming on briefly and then shutdown. Before shutting down I was able to pick this on the screen, this new observation pointed me to the pincushion circuit and I went there running with a lot hope that I have localized the faulty circuit.

crt tv pincushion problem

I checked the entire component around that area and all tested okay. With that my stress level increased and I started asking myself questions “where did I go wrong”? By coincidence I powered the TV without the series bulb and I noted the screen was full.

It is now that I came to realize that the voltage drop across the series bulb has effect on this set and that is why the TV screen wide was not full. I also noted this TV was not an original LG, this I noted immediately after opening the set. I noted the board was cheap china board otherwise for branded TVs there should be no effect on the B+ irrespective of the primary voltage since the B+ voltage is highly regulated.

b+ regulated supply

With that I decided to change my hypothesis to shutdown symptoms. Shutdown in CRT television causes varies but the most suspect are power supply problem, B+ voltage very high and hence high HV which can trigger the X-ray circuit to kick and shutdown, secondary filter capacitor ESR gone to the roof and finally, last but the least dry joints on the primary or secondary side can cause this kind of problem.

To trace the cause of this problem I decided to start with my favorite gadget the ESR meter and did ESR test on the few big filter capacitor on the secondary side and all tested good.

Next I decided to solder all dry joint visible in the entire TV not caring where they were; among them I noted this which looked more suspicious in regard to this problem.

crt tv repair

All in all I soldered all dry joints and after finishing and I was happy and I decided to dis-connect the B+ line and attach the dummy load (40Watts) across the B+ line and the cold ground.

The dummy bulb came up beautifully and stable, with that I concluded that the primary power is okay…I also tested the B+ voltage and was 110 volts and stable.

With that I decided to remove the dummy bulb and do live test and after re-soldering the resistor which I had soldered out as take off point for B+, applied the power and this is what I saw.

crt tv repaired


Thanks you guys

humphrey kimathi









Humphrey Kimathi is from Kenya and the author of DVD Player repair guide,CRT Television repair course , CRT Television troubleshooting guide and Basic Electronics course. You may also visit his main website HERE.

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  1. Corriete

    January 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    wonderfully done sir.always appreciate you sharing these important ideas of repair.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks and welcome Corriete,
      Regards Humphrey

  2. sudhir

    January 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm


    very good artical on the reapir as well as your tips are also wonderful.
    thank y for sharing this artical.

    keep up the good work

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you Sudhir,Glad to hear you found the article useful, continue learning...
      Regards Humphrey

  3. Yogesh Panchal

    January 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm


    Good Job! Thanks for sharing your repair experience.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks for passing by and your feedback Yogesh.
      Regards Humphrey

  4. skwong

    January 11, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for the repair tips. Automatic shut down can be very annoying.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Hi skwong, i concur with you...very annoying.

      Regards Humphrey

  5. Parasuraman S

    January 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Automatic shut down, as Skwong said, is very annoying! But you have tackled it brilliantly and the approach is professional. Pl keep sharing your articles. Best regards and thanks!

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks for your kind and encouraging words Parasuraman, more articles coming, watch this space.

      Regards Humphrey

  6. Albert van Bemmelen

    January 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you Humphrey, I learned a thing or 2 from your article that was a pleasure to read. Repairing tv's without any Service Manual is normally always very difficult in these circumstances.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      HI Albert, Thanks for your feedback and glad you have learn something new
      ...way to go!
      Regards Humphrey

  7. Merlin Marquardt

    January 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Great repair!

  8. Anebi ThankGod

    January 11, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    thanks sir

  9. Robert Calk

    January 11, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Nice job, Humphrey. That's the first thing I do now is check and re-solder all questionable solder joints, and check connecters/connections.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks my friend Robert and happy new year.

      Regards Humphrey

  10. Bonks

    January 12, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Good job. I'm learning.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      January 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Bonks,
      Welcome and continue learning
      Regards Humphrey

  11. Tyrone

    January 15, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Very good Humphrey keep up the good work and
    the best of health for The New Year and God bless.

    • Humphrey Kimathi

      February 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Tyrone for your encouraging words.God bless you too.
      Regards Humphrey

  12. cain

    January 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    thank you Humphrey i had a same fault now sorted and having some dollars in my pocket thank you may God bless


    cain zimbabwe


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