Originally Posted by unafflicted
Great. Thank you for the advice. I actually got the TV running again.
I had my friend who is an EE replace the IC. Removing an inductor and two of the capacitors on the P9 chip was found to be helpful. His soldering skills were above average but he does not work on CBs that often.
I do not know why this problem occurred to begin with, but it was a relatively easy fix so I know what to do if it happens again. Good luck!
Another victory for the P9 IC !!!
Finally went to look at one of these for my daughter who has been pestering me for almost 6 months.
She bought a TH50PHD3U at the Englishtown Auction (Central Jersey folks will know what I'm talking about) for $50 because I told her if she ever sees any Panasonic plasmas as is, but with a good screen that lights up and without any black lines or black boxes, that it might be repairable.
OK, up scope, the symptom was "vertical lines like a colorful waterfall" that were cut in half horizontally. Could be SU, SD, SC, SS or even power supply.
So I looked in the closet and loaded what boards I had for a 50HD3 into the ol' war wagon for a trip to Jackson (near Great Adventure).
As an afterthought, I took along the last TNPA1906 P9 board that I had in the off chance that would be the problem, which I doubted because they didn't say if a pix eventually appeared after warm-up.
After removing a thousand screws (not really), I removed the rear panel and then blew out the dust and cob webs. Taking the lazy approach, I swapped out the left P9 board (there are two). Fired it up and Voila'...perfect picture !!!
Made a few adjustments and put it back together. I had a pair of TY-SP0P8WK speakers that I didn't think would fit but I was shocked when the brackets lined up. They differ cosmetically from the original TY-SP50P3WK speakers offered for the 3 series but match very well. So a note for the future: new speakers fit older Plasmas.
Post-lag: The thing has been running for 24+ hours without hiccup so I deem it a successful repair, by change of P9 on the Power Supply board.