LG Flatron L1932P repair

In mid-August 2009 my LG Flatron L1932P display failed, the appearance was that the display would turn on for a few seconds, then the screen would go dark. The description below shows how to remove the power supply (mains to DC converter) in order to replace the capacitor that has failed.

This page attempts to describes what I did, but only for informational purposes. It is only for use by those know how to repair power supplies.

  1. The zeroth step was to disconnect all the external cables from the display. This includes the mains power -- for those who missed the all cables part of the previous sentence.
  2. The first step was to remove the four screws attaching the display to the pedestal.
  3. The next step was put a beach towel on the table and put the display face down on it.
    image of display turned face down with peadistal removed
  4. Next remove the screw holding the back of the case to the power supply/logic case (you can see it in the center of the space between the four screws that were used to attach the pedestal.
  5. At this point it is time to remove the bezel from the monitor. Note that you have push in the plastic catches - as shown in the figure. You will need a sharp blade to go around the back of bezel to carefully push in the small ridge that holds the bezel on.
    image of the plastic catch on the lower lefthand corner of the display when placed face down on a table. Notice that there is one plastic catch located near the power supply button on the lower lefthand corner (shown in the figure) and another on the lower right hand corner.
  6. Removing the back reveals the power and other control buttons on a small circuit board attached via a cable to the power supply. You can remove this button module by unscrewing the two screws, that hold it in place.
    power supply and other control buttons on a small circuit board
  7. The power supply is mounted on the back of the LCD panel.
    power supply mounted on the back of the LCD panel
  8. The next step is to remove the shiny metal cover from the corner of the power supply, this gives you access to the power connection to the backlight.
    connections from power supply to backlight
  9. The image below shows the connectors on the cable to the backlight.
    conenctors for cable to backlight
  10. There is a similar shiny metal cover at the top of the power supply. Note that the cables are in the mirror arrangement (i.e., the cable with the two blue wires is to the outside of the power supply case in both cases, while the conenctor with the gray and black cable is to the inside in both cases.)
  11. Detailed view of the connectors on the cables to the backlight from the top of the power supply case.
  12. Next remove the tape from over the cable from logic in the power supply case to LCD panel. Note how the cable exists the power supply/logic case.
    ribbon cable from logic in the power supply case to LCD panel
  13. The image belows shows the logic cable to the panel, after bing removed from the connector.
    logic cable to panel
  14. With all the cables now removed, remove the tape at the side of the powersupply and logic module and turn the module towards you, it will look like this:
    powersupply and logic module
  15. With the module in this position we can see the underside of the connector on the cable to the panel.
    underside view of cable to panel
  16. Removing the black plastic cover reveals the mains to DC converter.
    mains to DC converter
  17. An alternative view of the logic module from above showing the mains supply to DC converter in the middle. Note the four screws holding the power supply (mains to DC converter) into the chassis. You will have to remove these screws to remove this module. Before removing this module we will take a look at the suspect capacitor in the DC converter and the cables that can be removed to make it easy to remove this module.
    view of logic module from above showing the mains supply to DC converter in the middle
  18. Closeup of view of capacitors of the DC converter. Note the slight bulge in the capacitor in the middle of the picture.
    closeup of view of capacitors of the DC converter
  19. When view from the side we can see that this capacitor is sticking up a bit higher than the capacitor above it (C204). It is also possible to see the vent split apart a little.
    closeup of view of capacitors of the DC converter
  20. Take a close look at the connector for power to logic board - so that you will be able to put this cable back into the connector properly when reassembling the unit.
    closeup of connector for power to logic board
  21. The other end of the power cable to the logic board connects as shown below. You do not need to remove this cable to remove the DC converter.
    connector for power on logic board
  22. Note also the connector on the logic board running to the button module. connector to button module

The failed capacitor was a 680 microFarad (680F) 25V capacitor. After desoldering it from the board, it was clear why it was sticking up higher than the equal height capacitor beside it, the plastic seal was being pushed out past the crimped end by internal pressure. I replaced this capacitor with a new Nichicon Aluminum Electrolytic capacitor HE Series (UHE1E681MPD) rated at 7000 Hrs @ 105C. Such a capacitor is available as (Digikey part number 493-1554-ND). Their catelog price on 19 August 2009 was 0.66 each (or 10 for $4.83).

Note when inserting the replacement capacitor to align the polarity just as the capacitor that you are replacing. An advantage of taking pictures of the circuit board before attempting any repair is that you can go back to see how the original part was oriented.

In addition to this the other capacitors in this section are: two 1000UF 25V, 470UF 25V, two 1000UF 16V. However, they did not need to be replaced.

After replair, the circuit board was replaced by reversing the order of the steps above. The monitor works once again.

Some pictures of the bad capacitor.
picture of capacitor

picture of capacitor picture of capacitor picture of capacitor

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