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Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:57 AM

Alright, so I have this monitor I bought off of craigslist for $30, so I expected this to happen sooner or later. But basically when I turn it on, after about a second it turns itself off. Not completely off, but the screen just blacks out (as if it's off). If I look really closely I could still see the text on the screen and I could still move around and everything, it's just almost as if there's no light to it. I know it's not a computer problem because I'm typing this on another CRT monitor (ah CRT, how you never fail me). Anyways it started earlier today, and I could just turn it off and back on a few times and it'll fix itself. Then I had to dick around with the settings (in the dark) for it to work, and now it just doesn't work no matter what. I read around and some places are saying things like failed capacitors (easy fix?) and others are saying I might as well throw it away. What do you guys think?

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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:02 AM

Monitors are cheap enough that it's not really worth it to fix it. I'd just buy a new monitor and trash that thing.
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:13 AM

Is this an LCD or CRT?
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:32 AM

LCD

Kilorn: Yeah but money isn't really available right now, I'm in the process of saving and would probably buy something off craigslist. The drive and risk of getting mugged is much greater than replacing some (hopefully) 50 cent component.
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:39 AM

It sounds like a backlight.. there's tons of tutorials on how to fix that... but, assuming, this is your first time so I put even money on you breaking it fully before fixing it. ;)
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:47 AM

Any way of knowing that for sure before investing time and money into the repair?
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:55 AM

How do we know for certain of anything?

Well it's the backlight or the inverter.. but generally if you can still see stuff on the a dark screen it's the backlight. Perhaps googling your symptoms would assuage your concerns.
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:57 AM

Either the ccfl is busted or the inverter board is bad.

Problem is that (from my experience) monitors are much more difficult to get parts for because they are not as uniform as laptop lcds.

You'll likely spend more in parts than you would buying another $30 monitor.

A ccfl for a laptop is generally $10, & an inverter board is between $15 & $30. Again these are laptop prices. You'll have to find the parts specific to that lcd monitor.

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Any way of knowing that for sure before investing time and money into the repair?

The only way to troubleshoot hardware failure is to introduce working equipment.
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:59 AM

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The only way to troubleshoot hardware failure is to introduce working equipment.

A positively scandalous solution.
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:07 AM

1 year, 3 months later, got around to it and opened it up. Turns out some capacitors were blown (and were notorious for doing so, I don't know why I didn't know this when I first started this thread), so I bought what I needed ($5 for 5 capacitors) and replaced the blown ones. Works fine and dandy now :)
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Re: Monitor shot or an easy fix?

Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:53 AM

Nice!
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