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Monitor Breakdown
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* September 19, 2017, 12:33:59 PM
In July my 22" LG monitor broke down and would no longer work.  I've had it for about eight years and I liked it.  Instead of going out and buying a new one right away, (more about that later), I looked on the web and learned that I could find the bad capacitors and replace them and that's exactly what I did.  I had an old, small soldering iron and the new capacitors cost me a whopping $8.00 and I got my monitor up and running and it works just like new.  It was easy!
However, yesterday on Craigslist I found a two year old 32" Samsung and brought it home for $100.00 after the seller came down in price from $120.00 because it is my birthday.  I like a larger screen after I got all the settings fixed.  It is 1080P and I have the resolution set at 2560 X 1440.
One can save lots of money by fixing the capacitors, which is the usual problem in TV's and monitors.  And like I said in my Black Friday post last December 2016, keep your eyes open for a good second hand replacement.

John B.

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* October 08, 2017, 04:27:07 PM
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John, where on the web did you find that info?

Henry H

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* October 09, 2017, 04:01:39 AM
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I didn't have your luck John.

I replaced 12 capacitors that looked like they may have blown (bowed out at the top), but still no joy, ah well, someday I'll have to get round to testing the rest of them.

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* October 09, 2017, 04:40:30 PM
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Henry:  You can find loads on information on the web by just doing a Google search on "Troubleshooting Monitors That Won't Turn On".  It wasn't a quick look-up.  I spent hours looking at solutions until I found the right one then I went ahead and took mine apart and, low and behold, I saw the bulging capacitors.  It's a learning process.  I took the little board to the electronics shop and they matched them up.
Andy:  Sorry to hear your misfortune.  The capacitors must be oriented in the right way.  I don't know what else.  Maybe something else is wrong.
Anyway, I have an extra monitor in the garage in case I have a breakdown again.  I really like my Samsung TV.

https://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-LCD-Monitor-Power-Problem

John B.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2017, 04:42:08 PM by John B. »

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* October 09, 2017, 05:17:33 PM
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Thanks, John.

Henry H

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* October 09, 2017, 07:03:23 PM
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My pleasure.

John B.

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* November 09, 2017, 12:21:10 PM
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Update:  I took the 32" Samsung Smart 1080P TV and put it in the kitchen after I built a new shelf and that let me use the 24" Toshiba TV and the 22" LG monitor as a dual system in my bedroom/office but I found another 32" Samsung instead and I'll use it.  It's only a 720P without a remote but it is only two years old and only $40 so I snatched it up from Craigslist.  I like a larger TV for viewing.

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* November 10, 2017, 09:34:30 AM
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John B,

I replaced the capacitors on my Gateway 24 inch and it came back to life like yours did.
The colors are much richer on my Gateway than any of my newer monitors, which are cheapies I guess.
I don't like spending $500 on a monitor, even though I spent $800 on my Gateway 15 years ago.
They don't design 'em like they used to.

I would fix monitors for a hobby if the bezels were easier to take apart. But, I don't think anyone would want to buy a monitor with the bezel all chipped and scratched. I almost destroyed my gateway.

jmwright1058

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* November 10, 2017, 11:35:46 PM
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I would fix monitors for a hobby

I've seen lots of monitors and TVs that I could have picked up cheap or free and try to fix them up but one must remember that most times they are older models and who else would want them and it might be more than just capacitors, like main boards.  Fixing your own is cost effective and fun.  Bezels are really a challenge and sometimes you can find how-to videos on Youtube.

John B.

Another Update:  On New Years Day 2018 I picked up yet another 32" Samsung Smart TV with Wi-Fi (only $50) and a nicer pedestal so I'll use it in the kitchen and now both of my computers have 32" TV's for monitors.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2018, 03:30:03 PM by John B. »

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