Ex-Link Cable for C/D/E Series and BD players

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  • At the C-Series the Ex-Link port is located at the VGA connector of the TV.

This page explains how to access the serial console on C-Series TVs.

Step 1: Enable Debug mode in service menu

Prerequisite: Set the RS232 Jack to "Debug" in the Service_Menu.

Step 2: Cabling

As the TV has TTL level serial output (3.3V) a TTL-level to RS232-level adaptor is needed, normal RS232 Level is up to 15V which can cause seriously damage at your TV! MAX232 is such an adaptor.

  • Pin 4 at the VGA connector is RX (from the TV's point of view)
  • Pin 11 at the VGA connector is TX (from the TV's point of view)
  • Pin 5,6,7,8 and the case at the VGA connector are GND

MAX232 adaptor circuit V1

Here is a simple circuit using a MAX232 chip to convert the signal from TTL to RS232 level. The Pinout of the connectors is shown at the circuit:


And a picture of the completely assembled board:


MAX232 adaptor circuit V2

See here [1]


  • As written before,

do never connect your TV directly to the serial port of your PC, as the TV has TTL-level (3.3V) and the PC has normal RS232-level your TV could seriously get damaged by dircet connection!

Connection chain over USB

Recent PCs do not have a RS232 port anymore, but there are USB adaptors available. Most of them use a PL2303 chip for converting the RS232 signal to USB.

The following figure shows the connection chain: Samsung tv serial console connections.jpg

This could look like:

Picture of cabling.jpg

Step 3: Start the terminal

On a Linux PC, install 'cu' (call up) tool from the uucp package and run cu -l /dev/ttyUSB0 -s 115200

On a Windows PC, use Hyper Terminal or Putty.

Settings are: Speed 115200, 8N1, no flow control.

Step 4: Turn on TV

Step 5: Read output