SCOPE
I WILL CONCENTRATE ON LCD SCREEN INVERTER , CCFL BULB PROBLEMS.

THE OLD QUESTION “MY LAPTOP SCREEN IS BLACK WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM?”.

POSSIBLE PROBLEMS ARE.
1. INVERTER BOARD IS BAD.
2. CCFL BULB IN LCD SCREEN IS BAD.
3. NO VIDEO TO THE LCD SCREEN.
4. Cable from laptop motherboard to screen.

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS PROJECT.

repair laptop ccfl
TOOLS

1. 9V BATTERY
2. 9V BATTERY POWER CORD.
3. KNOWN GOOD INVERTER FROM ANY LCD LAPTOP SCREEN

ONCE YOU HAVE ACQUIRED THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED YOU CAN PROCEED.

VIDEO

IF YOUR LAPTOP IS EQUIPPED WITH AN VGA EXTERNAL MONITOR CONNECTOR YOU CAN DO A QUICK CHECK FOR VIDEO.

EXTERNAL LAPTOP ADAPTER VIDEO
SIMPLY PLUG A EXTERNAL MONITOR IN TO YOUR VGA PORT AND CHECK IF YOU GET VIDEO ON YOUR MONITOR.

SOME LAPTOP REQUIRE YOU TO PRESS A FN KEY PLUS A KEY WITH A PICTURE OF A MONITOR TO SWITCH BETWEEN YOUR LCD LAPTOP SCREEN AND YOUR EXTERNAL MONITOR.

IF YOU GET VIDEO ON YOUR EXTERNAL MONITOR THEN YOU KNOW THERE IS A LCD SCREEN , INVERTER BOARD, CCFL BULB PROBLEM. IF NO VIDEO ON AN EXTERNAL MONITOR IS PRESENT THEN YOU SHOULD SUSPECT A VIDEO OR VIDEO CABLE PROBLEM

CCFL BULB
NOW WE CAN USE OUR KNOWN GOOD INVERTER AND 9V BATTERY TO DO A QUICK CHECK TO SEE IF OUR COLD CATHODE FLUORESCENT BULB IS WORKING.
UNPLUG THE LAPTOPS INVERTER AND PLUG IN OUR KNOWN GOOD INVERTER.

CCFL GOOD INVERTER
KNOWN GOOD INVERTER

NOW CONNECT THE BLACK PROBE TO THE GROUND SCREW HOLE ON THE INVERTER BOARD ,
AND THE RED PROBE TO THE YELLOW WIRE PIN ON THE INVERTER.
PROBES

CCFL BULB BAD

THE YELLOW WIRE IN LAPTOPS IS 12V .
THIS ONE IS THE SUPPLY LINE TO THE INVERTER FROM THE LAPTOP. OUR 9V BATTERY WILL WORK JUST FINE TO TEST OUR INVERTER AND CCFL LIGHT WITH.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHICH ONE IS THE SUPPLY LINE WHEN YOU FIRST FIND YOUR OWN KNOWN GOOD INVERTER JUST PUT THE BLACK PROBE TO THE GROUND HOLE SCREW AND TOUCH THE RED PROBE TO EACH PIN ONE AT A TIME UNTIL YOU SEE THE LCD SCREEN CCFL BULB LIGHT.
IF YOUR CCFL BULB LIGHTS UP LIKE IN THE PHOTO BELOW THEN YOU KNOW YOUR CCFL BULB IS GOOD AND NOW CAN SUSPECT THE INVERTER IS BAD.

INVERTER IS BAD IN LAPTOP

THE SCREEN IN THIS IMAGE IS AN OLD BROKEN SCREEN BUT WILL SERVE WELL AS OUR DEMONSTRATION IMAGE.

INVERTER
SINCE OUR KNOWN GOOD INVERTER LIGHTS UP THE SCREEN THEN WE CAN PLUG IN THE LAPTOPS INVERTER BACK IN.

YOU CAN USE THE SAME METHOD WITH THE 9V BATTERY TO TEST THE LAPTOPS INVERTER IF YOU SUPPLY THE INVERTER WITH 9V FROM BATTERY AND THE CCFL BULB WILL NOT LIGHT THEN YOU CAN SUSPECT THIS INVERTER IS BAD AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED.

SUPPLY LINE VOLTAGE
IF YOUR KNOWN GOOD INVERTER LIGHT UP THE CCFL BULB , AND THE LAPTOPS INVERTER LIGHTS UP WITH THE 9V BATTERY AS WELL,
THEN YOU WILL NEED TO SUSPECT THE 12 VOLT SUPPLY LINE FROM THE LAPTOPS MOTHER BOARD FOR VOLTAGE.

LINE VOLTAGE IN LAPTOP INVERTER

GET OUT YOUR MULTI METER .

SET IT TO DC VOLTS.

PLUG IN AC ADAPTER AND TURN LAPTOP ON.

PLACE BLACK PROBE TO A GROUND SCREW ON THE MOTHER BOARD AND THE RED PROBE TO THE YELLOW WIRE AND SEE IF YOU HAVE YOUR VOLTAGE.

YOU CAN ALSO PLUG IN THE CONNECTOR AND CHECK THE PIN COMING OUT FROM THE YELLOW WIRE FOR AROUND 12V.

IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING ANY SUPPLY LINE VOLTAGE FROM THE CONNECTOR THEN SUSPECT A PROBLEM ON THE MOTHER BOARD.

AT THIS POINT YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE THE UNIT TO THE REPAIR SHOP.

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I am a part time computer programer. I use Borlands Delphi to develop windows apps. I work on computers Desktops and Laptops. Laptops are my favorite

4 comments on “Test If Your Inverter Is Bad Or Your CCFL Bulb In The LCD Screen Is Bad

  1. Kent Liew says:

    Hi Grant, good tips! Keep up the good job. ^_^…

  2. sasser says:

    good info need more article from u

  3. Joe says:

    Hi my laptop screen is not working any more and I was wondering how to know if it is a bad ccfl or something els?

  4. Humberto says:

    Hi again Mr. Grant Fullen, another interesting article, I promess to email you asap, very interested in knowing you. Humberto.

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