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Toshiba T3200 Need pinout of PDP

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    Toshiba T3200 Need pinout of PDP

    I have toshiba t3200 laptop, but all wires out of PJ10 in motherboard((( So display not working.
    It has plasma display - md400f720pd1 (m400f720bdt52) by MATSUSHITA with 20 pin connector. Does anyone know the pinout of this plasma display? It has sn751521GAFT by TI, but I cant find datasheet for it too.

    I found one datasheet - for plasma, where 20pin connection for Panasonic, but it not usable for me.

    Or may be someone can do some photo of PJ10 from different views?

    Thank you.

    For info about the PIN characteristics you should refer to the Maintenance Manual.

    T3200 Maintenance Manual:

    T3200SX Maintenance Manual:

    Please make sure which model you have.

    T3200 has a 720 x 400 Plasma display, 4 shades of grey (orange), capable of EGA, CGA and Hercules.

    T3200SX Is a 640 x 480 Plasma Display capable of VGA at 16 shades of Grey (orange).

    The names sound similar but the displays are very different, so make sure you refer to the correct manual.


      I have - T3200 has a 720 x 400 Plasma display, 4 shades of grey (orange), capable of EGA, CGA and Hercules. I see that manuals, but there is no info about pj10 connector and 20pin connector on a plasma. I see pj10 connector in the manual of t3200sx, but its not true for t3200.


        Oh wow, indeed. I always thought Toshiba had every possible info in these technical manuals. Normally they describe every single chip or cable in these... Seems they forgot it for the T3200 display... Bad luck i fear.

        Best you can do is some educated guessing or trial and error with the 3200SX as a base. I think some pinouts are similar, but definitely not all i fear since the displays are different. T3100 also has a different display - 640 x 400, so no Hercules mode.


          I testing grounds on pj10 Toshiba t3200 and it very different then t3200sx. I ask some people who has t3200 for help me to identify pj10 wires by colors, but to do this they must disassemble top cover with plasma and may be HDD. Now only MikeS from this forum answer that may be can help me.

          MikeS send me some photo, and now i have pinouts)

          Last edited by Mihail1810; March 17, 2016, 01:29 AM.