Here's what we know:
LCD panels use TABs to connect to the driver boards. TABs are (tape automated bonding.
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Tape automated bonding (TAB) faults
A TAB fault is caused by a connection failure from the TAB that connects the transparent electrode layers to the video driver board of an LCD.
TAB is one of several methods employed in the LCD display manufacturing process to electrically connect hundreds of signal paths going to the rows and columns of electrodes in layer 6 (the transparent electrode layer) in the LCD display to the video ICs on the driver board that drive these electrodes.
If an LCD display is subjected to physical shock, this could cause one or more TAB connections to fail inside the display. This failure is often caused by horizontally flexing the chassis (e.g., while wall mounting or transporting a display face up/down) or simple failure of the adhesive holding the TAB against the glass. TAB faults require replacement of the LCD display module itself. If these connections were to fail, the effect would be that an entire row or column of pixels would fail to activate. This causes a horizontal or vertical black line to appear on the display while the rest of the display would appear normal. The horizontal failure runs from edge to edge; the vertical failure runs from top to bottom.
It uses Anistropic tape as the bonding agent. This stuff is REALLY REALLY expensive. 35' goes for about $200. Not to mention that you have to have very special (and very expensive) equipment to rework it. (Sorry, no easy repair.)
HERE is what THEY DON'T TELL you.
LCD panels use newer technology in between the physical panel and the driver. It's called FFC/FPC. FFC is flexible flat cable, whereas FPC is flexible printed cable. This is very similar to the old school ribbon cables used in computers. There is actually a FPC between the panel and the driver board. THIS IS WHAT IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE TABs. The logic by using anistropic tape is that each panel is directly paired to the driver board, so no need to make available for individual replacement. It is kind of like a hamburger bun, you can't just buy the top half of the bun. It comes as one unit.
How to fix it?
FFC and FPC are essentially the same, the only difference is that FPC is more specific routing patterns and FFC is essentially a newer and smaller ribbon. Using skilled technique, replace this bonding with a fpc recepticle from molnex (or some other supplier). This is not the exact part but it is the kind that you are looking for. I dont have the exact specifics for each tv so you would need to find out how many pins and the pitch.http://www.newark.com/jsp/search/pro...FC-GB100000001
Basically you need a low insertion force connector that is one sided (bottom surface) and has a side entry with locking mechanism. This is just like the connector that has the FFC ribbon between the tcon and the lcd driver board.
Techniques to solder it would be one of two ways. The first is beading each individual pin kind of like how you would a chip before soldering it to a board. Using a small heat gun to heat up the solder and seat it to the pins on the lcd driver board. It would be wise to mark on the board which are the starting and ending pins covered by the lcd's FPC. The second technique is to use a lot of flux and solder each pin individually. Don't worry about them bridging b/c you will go back with a wick and clean it up. Here are some video's demonstrating the techniques.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqJN1CTCOQshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMKXZ...97CBCCFA3C550Dhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhDsN...=17&playnext=2http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5qYG...eature=related
If you need help, youtube some videos on SMT (surface mount technique) or Fine Pitch Soldering, etc. etc.
WARNING: I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS UNLESS YOU TRUELY HAVE TO DO SO. IF YOUR TAB IS JUST SLIGHTLY AFFECTED, TRY SOME SORT OF LOW HEAT TECHNIQUES (SUCH AS A CLOTHES IRON ON THE 1-3 SETTING FIRST, IF YOU NEED TO GO HIGHER, MAKE SURE THERE IS NO WATER IN IT AND IT IS SET TO DRY HEAT ONLY!!!!) I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU RUIN YOUR TV.
NOW GO LEARN HOW TO SOLDER, AND FIX YOUR TV THE RIGHT WAY!!!!