Samsung Series 9 9000 UN55C9000 Service manual

Volume 4, Issue 12 Consumer Electronics Newsletter
December 2010
Samsung Electronics America
Samsung Tech Talk
Your source for service information
Ribbon Cables: Handle With Care!
Inside this issue:
Ribbon Cables:
Handle with Care!
LVDS Handling
Inside Intelli-studio 3
Plasma TV Repair 6
Made Simple, Part
Hot Tech Tips
GSPN Updates
Billing Flat Panels
for LCD and PDP
Repairs on Your
Warranty Claim
Contacts, Phone
Numbers, E-mail
Santa Comes to
Scott Whitman
Manager—Product Support
When replacing a T-Con board, please be
aware of the fragile nature of the gold pads
on the ribbon cabling coming from the
panel. In the image below, you can see
clearly that the pads have been pushed
away from the Mylar ribbon. If the pads
are damaged as shown below, the entire
panel needs to be replaced. Worse, until
the panel is replaced, the TV is unusable.
It is a good practice to take a quick visual
of the pads before re-inserting the cable
into the new T-Con board. Also, take your
time and make sure you have good lighting
so you can align the slot of the connector
properly while inserting the cabling. The
ribbon cable should be inserted straight
into the connector. Avoid applying downward pressure or attempting to insert the
cable at an angle into the connector.
This is true for all LVDS ribbon cables.
Similar damage can create symptoms
from an intermittent image to complete
picture loss. In some cases, it could
cause the TV to appear DEAD.
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LVDS Handling Techniques
Adam Vogel
Product Support
When working on today’s flat panel TV’s, it’s easy to point to such assemblies as the main board, SMPS, or even the
panel as the primary causes of defects. Generally I would agree, but with the growing delicacy of the LVDS cables, we
need to begin showing them a bit more attention. Below, I’ll give you a few examples of how paying closer attention to
the LVDS cable can prevent needless second calls, thereby saving you money!
CASE 1 – Traditional LCD
Notice the LVDS cable pictured left has two distinct ends. One
end, which connects to the main board, is very delicate and can
easily be damaged. The other end, which connects to the TCon
board, has a bit more rigidity but it too can be easily damaged.
Problem – Due to the length and delicacy of the LVDS cable, it can sometimes be difficult to insert the cable after a
main board assembly has been replaced.
Tip – Remove both ends of the LVDS cable from their respective boards, and then gently insert the delicate end first
(main board side). Once the delicate end is inserted and the tab secured, insert the second end into the TCon board.
CASE 2 – UN55C9000
The LVDS cable pictured left is a directional cable, which means
it will only function one way. To prevent the cables from being
inserted incorrectly, we have clearly labeled each end.
Problem – The UN55C9000, because of its unique design, offers some equally unique challenges when it comes to service. As you can see in the picture to the left, the LVDS cable is rather short, which limits its flexibility and makes inserting it into the FRC/TCon board and the docking board one of those challenges.
Tip – Although it is possible to get the LVDS cable inserted without removing either of the boards, it is much easier to
insert it before you screw the docking board into its mounting position.
Following these simple steps when reassembling a set can prevent additional damage to the LVDS cables, prevent additional visits to the customer’s home, and essentially create the perfect service scenario.
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Inside Intelli-Studio
Michael Vigliotti
Product Support
Samsung cameras and camcorders have been sold since 2009 with proprietary built-in software called Intelli-Studio (IStudio). This software, which can run automatically when you connect your camera or camcorder to a Windows PC using a USB cable, has made it easy for customers to download and edit their pictures and videos. Unfortunately, IntelliStudio software has also caused many troubleshooting and service issues. This article discusses the basics of I-Studio
to help you prevent future No Defect Issues.
First, it is important to note that this software is only compatible with Windows PCs and is not compatible with Macs. In
most case, users can still connect their device to a Mac and drag and drop the files to their hard drive, but if they want to
edit any files, they will need to use 3rd party software.
Using Intelli-Studio on a Windows PC
Before you connect a camera or camcorder to a Windows PC, make sure that Intelli-Studio is enabled on your camera or
camcorder. To enable the software, select Menu-> Settings -> PC Software -> ON. If the software is not enabled, it will
not start automatically.
After you connect the camera or camcorder to a compatible Windows based PC, you must make sure that the device is
on. If the camera or camcorder is off, the software will not run. Some cameras or camcorders will prompt you to select
Computer or Printer after you connect it to a computer with the USB cable. If this message appears, you must select
Computer to continue.
After the connection is established, I-Studio will Auto run and ask if you want to transfer files from the device to the PC.
If you select Yes, you will see the transfer screen below. You must wait until the transfer process is complete.
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Inside Intelli-Studio
The most confusing part about I-Studio is the double screen format. The Top window (labeled 1 below) is the computer’s hard drive and the bottom window (labeled 2 below) is the Camera’s built in and external memory.
The most common complaint that we are receiving is that customers see nothing in window 2 and are unable to transfer
pictures or video. See the illustration below.
This can occur if the camera is:
Not plugged in properly
Not powered on or
Has PC software disabled.
To troubleshoot, ask the customer to 1.) Check the USB connections from the PC and the camera or camcorder, 2.)
Make sure the camera or camcorder is on, and 3.) Make sure they have enabled PC Software. To enable PC Software,
the customer needs to select Menu -> Settings -> PC Software -> ON.
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Inside Intelli-Studio
Some cameras have Internal and External Memory. If the customer complaint is that they do not have any pictures, it is
possible that they are looking at the wrong drive in the lower left section. In this case, have the customer check all the
drives listed under Connected Device before troubleshooting further.
Lastly, if the customer wants to edit pictures or videos on their PC, they must either install the I-Studio software onto their
PC or connect their device each time they want to see and edit images. If the customer does not install I-Studio on their
PC, they will not be able to use it when the camera is disconnected.
To install the software, follow these steps:
1. Connect your device to the PC and turn it on, and then wait as Intelli-Studio auto-runs and loads.
2. In the upper left corner of the Intelli-Studio screen, click Tools → Install Intelli-studio on PC.
You can also install Intelli-Studio by following these steps:
1. Connect your device to the PC and turn it on.
2. Double click My Computer.
3. Right click the “IntelliStudio Drive” and click Explore.
4. Double click the “Setup F” icon
5. Follow the on screen prompts to install I-Studio to your desired location.
a. Click to accept the terms of I-Studio.
b. Select the location you wish to install to.
Click on Install and wait for the installation to finish.
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Plasma TV Repair Made Simple, Part 3
Charles Russo
In the first two articles, we emphasized the importance of taking the “Vital Signs” (Vs, Vsc, Va, Ve) before or during every
repair. You can take these voltage readings in less than 5 minutes and in most cases, the readings will lead you directly
to the failure. Even if a unit is shutting down after only 3 seconds, there is still plenty of time to take the readings.
Now let’s look at other key repair observations.
The SMPS Switching Mode Power Supply
CN802 (SMPS) ↔ CN2000 (Logic
Pin No.
Figure 2
Figure 1
The supply first delivers the important 5V Standby Voltage (normally 5.3V on pin 2, STBY, in the Figure 1 examples) to
the Main Board Assembly which in turn provides the PS_ ON, “Power Supply On command” to the supply. Stand-by voltage is also provided to the Logic Board. The SMPS may also supply other un-switched voltages, and, depending on the
model, 33V to the tuner so the tuner remains active during stand-by and 12V to the Logic Board (older models).
Switched voltages also include Vs (approximately 210V), Va (approximately 55V), and, in Figure 1 – the 9 and 12 pin
configurations - connectors to the Main Board: 5.3V, 15V, 18V, and 6.3V.
Testing and Turning On the Supply
You can check the Standby Voltage by first observing the Red LED Power indicator on the front of the panel. Red LED
illumination normally indicates operating 5V standby to the Main and Logic Boards.
The Main Board then turns on the SMPS by providing a “Low” (3.3V to 0 V) voltage signal, PS-ON, to the SMPS and
additionally to the Logic Board connectors. The Logic Board then provides VS_ ON (pin 6 CN802 in Fig 2), a “High” activation signal (0V to 3.3V ) to the SMPS to turn on Vs which starts the operation of the Panel Drive Boards.
You can test the Power Supply turn on operation without the Main Board operation by simply removing the Supply connector off of the Main Board side and shorting out (with a bare wire) PS-ON to circuit ground. (Pin 1 to pin 5 of Figure 1,
in both connector examples.)
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Plasma TV Repair Made Simple, Part 3
Example 1
The TV’s Red LED Standby Indicator is off and the TV will not turn on.
1. Measuring 5V Standby (pin 2, Figure 1) confirms the standby voltage is missing (0V).
2. Removing CN801 to the Main Board and CN802 to the Logic Board (since Main and Logic get 5V standby) confirms
neither assembly is loading down the missing 5V supply.
Replace the defective Power Supply.
Example 2
The TV’s Red LED Standby Indicator is on, but the TV won’t power on.
1. Measuring 5V Standby (pin 2, in Figure 1) to the Main Board confirms the LED Indicator is accurate and that the
Standby voltage is good.
2. Measuring PS-ON shows that PS-ON stays at 3.3V and does not go to 0V “low”.
3. Removing the connector at the Main Board and inserting a short from PS-ON to the circuit ground (pin 1 to pin 5 of
the Figure 1 connector examples) confirms proper Power Supply On.
Replace the defective Main Board.
Example 3
The TV’s Red LED Standby Indicator is on, but the TV won’t power on. The panel shuts off after 3 seconds.
1. Measuring Power Supply Va (Address Voltage) indicates that the voltage is OK (approximately 55V), however, Vs
remains at 0 Volts during the 3 seconds of the activation attempt.
2. Removing AC power and testing Vs indicates a short to ground.
3. Removing SMPS Vs supply connectors, one at a time, to the X Board and Y Board indicates Vs is shorted at the X
4. Connecting the AC and powering on the TV while keeping the Vs feed connector to the X Board disconnected restored the Vs voltage reading on the Power Supply during the 3 seconds of activation.
Replace defective X Drive Board.
Look for the next installment in this series “Plasma Repair Made Simple, Part 4” in the next issue of Tech Talk.
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Hot Tech Tips
Jorge Tavora
Product Support Manager/Tech Support Hotline/Triage
Model: LN52A550P3FXZA
Symptom: Vertical bar with lines in it
Cure: Call the customer before running the service call and ask the customer to bring up the OSD menu. If the symptom
affects the menu, replace the panel.
*While at the customer’s home, be sure to reseat all the cables first.
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Model: UN55C8000XFXZA
Symptom: Black areas around the screen, delaminating.
Cure: Call the customer before running the service call and ask the customer to unplug everything from the TV, and then
turn on the TV to make sure that the symptom is not caused by a signal source. If the symptom occurs when all sources
have been removed, replace the panel.
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Model: PN63B550T2FXZA
Symptom: Vertical bar distortion on the left side of the screen
Cure: Display an internal test pattern. If the symptom affects the test pattern, replace the panel.
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Hot Tech Tips
Model: UN46B6000VFXZA
Symptom: Half the screen has vertical lines
Cure: In this model, the T-CON has two output ICs that control the panel. Replace the T-CON. Before replacing the TCON, reseat the LVDS cable.
Model: LN46C630K1FXZA
Subject: On/Off Timer
Symptom: The customer has set the On/Off timer to come on at a certain time and has chosen HDMI as the input he
wants the TV to switch too. He claims that the On/Off timer keeps switching to RF input instead of HDMI. Customer does
not use the RF input. Instead, uses HDMI1 with a SAT system.
Cure: This is normal. The On/Off timer only works with RF (Air/cable) and with USB.
Consult Samsung Service Website (GSPN) at for the Service Manual and other information on these products.
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GSPN Updates
Jim Foster
Manager, Training/Publications
We encourage you to use our GSPN site to find the latest service bulletins to aid you with your repairs.
CE Service Bulletins uploaded to GSPN November, 2010
Bulletin Number
Applicable Models
Cannot power on TV with remote
or front keyboard.
TV changes Channel, Volume or
Source by itself
To access service bulletins on GSPN, first visit Login using your User ID and Password. Click on “Documents” at the top, then “Product Information” in the left column. The Product Information menu will
appear. Click on “Service Bulletin (Local) to bring up the Service Bulletins. To search for a bulletin, enter the bulletin
number in the search window at the upper left. If for some reason the bulletin does not appear, it can still be searched
using the “Select Depth 1, 2, and 3” drop-down menus.
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Billing Flat Panels for LCD and PDP Repairs
on Your Warranty Claim
Jet Nyamwange
Warranty Department
If you have not passed Samsung’s yearly Flat Panel Certification course given by PlusOne you are Non Exempt, and
Samsung (SEA) policy requires that you obtain approval from SEA Tech Support before you replace any panel on LCD
or PDP TV’s. If you replace any panel without prior approval, your Warranty Claim will be rejected.
Regarding Flat Panel replacements, there are two classes of ASCs Exempt - Certified ASCs who have passed the Yearly Flat Panel Certification course given by PlusOne Solutions.
You do not need to call Tech Support for approval to replace LCD or PDP panels.
Note: Certification/Recertification is for one year starting from the time you pass the certification course. You
must get re-certified every year.
Non Exempt: Non Certified ASCs who have not passed the yearly Flat Panel Certification course given by
PlusOne. You must call tech support for approval to replace an LCD or PDP panel.
For Non Exempt ASCs
To obtain Panel Authorizations, follow these steps:
1. Contact Samsung Tech Support to have your SO (Service Order) validated.
Call Tech Support at 888-751-4086 or Email Tech Support at
Note: The following information is required to obtain approval:
 ASC account #
 SO #
 Version of unit
 Detailed symptom of defect
 Any parts already installed in defective unit
2. Complete the repair.
3. Bill your warranty claim on the Panel approved SO number.
4. DO NOT enter any data in the Tech Id Field (See screen capture below. That field is for Flat Panel Certified ASCs
5. The system will recognize the approval validated on the SO by Tech Support.
6. Save your Warranty Claim.
How do you confirm that the Approval Number is tagged to your Service Order Number?
Check the SAW Section on your Service Order Ticket
If you don’t have panel approval noted under Status as shown in the screen capture on the next page,
please contact Tech Support before completing your Ticket.
Note: Do not submit SAW to request approval. You must contact Tech support via email or phone prior to
completing the ticket for approval.
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To Gain Exempt Status
Take and pass the Flat Panel Certification course so you can avoid calling SEA Tech Support each time you replace a
flat panel.
Here’s the access site for Technical Training:
For Exempt ASCs Who Have Passed the Flat Panel Certification
When you replace a flat panel, please do the following:
Enter your Tech Id Number (that you received after passing Flat Panel Certification) in the Technician ID field. See the
screen capture below.
Note: You do not need to call Samsung Tech Support for a Panel Authorization number.
If a claim is re-routed back to you for review even though you entered your Tech ID Number, please confirm the following:
You took and passed the correct course (Flat Panel Certification) offered by PlusOne.
You keyed in the correct Tech Id Number.
If you have not taken and passed the Yearly Flat Panel Certification course and have not been re-certified, you must request approval from Tech Support prior to completing your ticket.
If you need assistance, please call Warranty at 800-849-2198 Option 08.
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Contacts, Phone Numbers, and E-mail Addresses
Jet Nyamwange
Warranty Department
Have a question? A problem? Here’s a list of Samsung personnel you can talk to or contact to straighten things out.
Field Service Support:
Phone: 888-341-2561
ASC Admin: Elisa Pagliaro:
ASC Webmaster: Jay Reynolds Jr.:
Warranty Claims:
Phone: 800-849-2198 Option 08
Fax: 201-548-5064
Vladimir Davila:
Jet Nyamwange:
Ronald Peter:
Ordering/ Backorder/ Research: 800-634-8276
Parts Accounting: 800-849-2198 Option 6
Shiffat Sharmin:
Luis Jarrin:
CE and HA Regional Service Engineer (RSE)
West Zone:
Nelson Diaz:
Phone: 310-900-5280
David Stiltz:
Phone: 310-900-5277
Central Zone:
Mark Rowland:
Phone: 630-879-1401
Bett Harvey:
Phone: 972-890-4253
East Zone:
Al Kucinski:
Phone: 201-229-4444
Joseph Ramos:
Phone: 201-229-4766
Technical Support:
Phone #’s:
Electronics: 888-751-4086 - FE ONLY: 866-894-0637
Home Appliance: 888-751-4086 - ME ONLY: 866-894-0637
Printer: 877-873-7279
Large Format Display: 800-634-8770
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Santa Comes To SAMSUNG
Directions: Decipher the clues and enter the correct words into the blanks. The solution is on the following page.
Run, run as fast as you can, you won’t catch him he's (3
A miserly customer no technician wants to meet
Sweet, affordable customer giveaway to ensure good
QOS (2 Words)
Potential Parking problem for Mr. Claus (2 words)
Have a high redo rate and get this in your stocking.
Hit him with the van and Santa loses his fog light.
A quick warm me up (liquor free of course) (2 words)
Santa’s helpers, not yours
Looks better on your front door than your van
10. A high latitude place with no FE/ME coverage (2
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Santa Comes To SAMSUNG—Solution
Answer Key
1. The Gingerbread Man
2. Elves
3. Candy Cane
4. Coal
6. Wreath
7. Scrooge
8. Eggnog
9. Santa’s Sleigh
Samsung Electronics America
85 Challenger Road
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Phone: 201-229-4251
5. Rudolph
10. North Pole
The information in this bulletin is published for experienced repair technicians
only and is not intended for use by the public. It does not contain warnings to
advise non-technical individuals of possible dangers in attempting to service a
product. Only experienced professional technicians should repair products
powered by electricity. Any attempt to service or repair the product or products
dealt with in this information by anyone else could result in serious injury or
death. Information provided in this bulletin is subject to change or update without notice.
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