Author Topic: Repair of dimmed LTN140KT03-403 (samsung monitor for Lenovo T420/T430)  (Read 1927 times)

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Offline mlefe

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Hi all,
        This is my first post in the forum, although I've been following Dave's videos for more than 6 months now ;)

        I've recently obtained some used Lenovo's laptops that have some board issues to and I'm trying to repair them, but this time I'm writing you about the LCD in one of them.

        This T420 has a LTN140KT03-403 is a Samsung LED display, and I'm trying to find any useful information on it but didn't have any luck (no schematic, general description of how it works, datasheets for the ICs, nothing)  :--

        The good news is that I have a spare backlight (from a T430) and have narrowed down the issue to the circuit in the LCD, and given that I can see the image (barely) I believe that something must be going on with the IC that handles the PWM.

        The ICs that I can see on the board are:
        IC1: HV-EL L23 It's a 16-pin QFN (closest to the connector that goes to the backlight and closest to the big caps and inductors, I suspect handles the backlight)
        IC2: LA64H-Q LAU5211XOB-E1 (no idea) --> It's a 56-pin QFN (closest to the connector that goes to the laptop: is it the driver for the LCD diodes?)
        IC5: SiW SW5203 G2316900 1252 --> It's a 48-pin QFN (no idea)

        I'll be starting my diagnose on the smaller one, the IC1, do you have any ideas/datasheet or schematic that you can share?

Big thanks, Martin.-
 

Offline Rasz

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its a $30 used/$50 new part, just swap it?
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Offline mlefe

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Hi Rasz,
         You're right and that's my last option, but to be honest with you, I'm doing more for the sake of learning electronics and the chance to talk about it :D

         I believe that the IC5 could be an ADS5203 (10 bit, 40-MSPS ADC) that could make sense... right?

Thanks, Martin.-

         
 

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no, those are highly specialized chips designed for one purpose of being on that pcb
they are all made by samsung/lg for internal consumption or _very_ special clients, for example Apple
http://www.ifixit.com/blog/2011/07/19/ipad-2s-new-display-driver-ic/

you will not find documentation, unless you are fluent in cantonese (not even mandarin) and have some serious connections in huaqiangbei

what you can do is cut a working backlight circuit from cracked LCD controller board with matching led configuration and somehow frankenstein it in place - thats if I understood you correctly that backlight is all thats wrong.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2017, 05:02:50 pm by Rasz »
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No chance on language or connections ::)

I think I'm going the frankenstein way... Do you know of a website that can have a diagram of how this LED backlights circuits usually work?

That could help me understand where my tinkering should start ;)

Thanks!
 

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have you tried basic stuff?

there is usually a flex going to the upper edge of the screen - check voltages there
locate and check fuses
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Offline mlefe

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Hi Rasz,
          Yesterday I gave it a go and fixed it! It was a simple thing as you thought: just a fuse and a cap on the monitor's board that were shorting the VLED.

          I'm happy because it was my first repair of a board with SMD components!  :-+

Thank you very much for your support, you were part of this!  ;) 
 


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