Ok, I finally swaped out the control board today ... and after a 2-3 hour disassembly processs ... it WORKS !!!! Plasma fixed !!!
It was quite a dis-assembly, getting to it.
I paid 56-59 got the board, from a place called midwest something ...
Here is a good thread on the process:
Not for the timid, as there are a lot of wires to remove and about 100 screws ... and the control board is buried under the audio and video boards ... and you need to REMOVE THE STAND to get the audio video board mounting bracket out.
As a computer technician I generally deal with desktops and laptops. One of the first things we check for is bulging capacitors (small battery looking things on the boards).
After removing the plastic backing I started to remove panels to find the adjustment screws described on here. Instead, I immediately found 5 bulging capacitors on the top right of the main power board. I will be ordering the board and replacing it myself, just something to let others know what to possibly look out for.
To "fix" you will either need a new control board (which comes from LG with new firmware) or have the firmware updated on your old control board. Depending on panel there maybe slight voltage adjustments required also. Updating the control board requires a special jig most LG shops should have one.
Making adjustments on the y-sus will only mask the problem for awhile.
My zenith has been kicking strong for years after the repair man replaced the panel and it still had and has sparkles lol. I need to try and adjust voltage but I think it's a lot of screws!
My red dots are not clumped; they are usually more visible upon startup esp. against black scenes. When the TV warms up, they are nearly impossible to see unless you get within 4' of the 50" TV. And you have to look for them individually and bouncing/jumping around only in certain (darker) parts of the picture.
Very tough to see on video/live or sports programming.
My Hitachi Plasma finally died today. The red light disappeared and it just could not power on at all. Five years usage time in all.
Looks like I will be getting a new LG 50PK550 finally.
Almost all people in the thread adjusted voltage by looking at the screen. But some TVs have not deteriorated enough for the red dots to constantly appear. They only appear sometimes and only later more and more. The way to fix them is just like most of you did, but only to use a voltage meter to connect to test points listed in the service manual of the TV.
You look at the voltage values listed when you open up your plasma and then connect the voltage meter to the specially located Test Points listed in the Service Manual (not regular manual) of the Plasma.
EDIT: Got it
BLACK digital multimeter test probe connects to the mounting screw and
RED digital multimeter test probe connects to the green tip of the Test Point in the picture, as illustrated in this picture, click here.
Digital Multmeter Settings: click here.
My thread about Red Snow / Red Dots Sparkling: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1334842
When u turn it on it has green dots everywhere then it subsides then gets worse.
I brought it home and threw the back cover I could adjust the vs and another random pot. That helped but not fully
So I took the back off and used a marker to mark the original pot settings.then I turned the VA to high and the tv shut off oops. Then I turned that down tried some others then finally the setup pot fixed it all the dots are gone now.but it shuts itself off randomly now and says no input sometimes. Any idea what that could be the only ones I didn't mark were the 5v output and va
You may have the VA too low for the other boards, especially if the power supply isn't up to snuff. You may have to bump the VA up just a tad then adjust the other pots to eliminate the pixels.
Testing the 5V with a multimeter should be no big deal. The pins are labled. As far as what the recommended drive is for the panel its on a sticker on the inside on the panel assembly, the obvious goal would be to match the settings on that. This might not be possible and might not eliminate the problem if you've got bad caps on the board.
I bought some cheap likely counterfeit caps from China, imagine that they can't be worse than the domed Samwha caps that were everywhere and just slapped those in. TV works fine now.
Think I spent about $12 for the required caps.
I'd start checking those voltages first and foremost, its easy enough to find the pins for the 5V and such on the back of the PS. Set those to the proper voltages on the back of the panel. If it doesn't work start looking for bad caps, or you can see if you can get it operational by tampering with slightly adjusting the voltages but again, the TV is pushing probably 8 years old by now, I dunno how those components might take the stress.
Depends on how long you want to keep it I guess.
I've had it with DISH Network, Comcast as well as ROKU telecasts. It seems to be a failure of the TV itself. I have a 47 Inch Magnavox that is far outside of warranttee. Not dead pixels and not a control box issue since it has happened with several DISH network boxes, two different U-Verse boxes and now a Comcast box as well as my ROKU box too.
So it isn't a connector issue either since each of these used different connectors, both HDMI and RCA. It also occurs with my video camera when I hook it to the TV as well.
So it is either a worn out board or a board that isn't seated firmly enough because we did move recently. But it also could be a change in the voltages from bumping the TV around while moving it as well. Sure would like to know which boards are involved in this problem as well as which voltage adjustments to fiddle with since I can raise or lower them just as well as a repairman can if I know which ones and what the required voltage should be. Of course this[ info is virtually impossible to obtain unless you are a repairman in order for them to keep their jobs.
yes its a case of little movement on the voltage adjustment screws and the other side cscan can fine tune and sharpen,., scared of voltage screws but when wife came in left tele on ,. shut down and got worse one way other way got better ,. then other screw became perfect ,. saved £120 collection fee. £65 drop off fee and one fella walked out the house with a no call out fee......
get the back off people and play with the screws,., takes minutes to find but find them all before you start ., its clearly visibly written what each one adjusts ,.
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