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Broken Monitor?

by arlow007 / June 30, 2008 9:35 PM PDT

Hi, I'm a long time user of CNET but never posted. Never had a major problem to deal with until now.

I was moving house so I shut down my computer, disconnected everything + got it to my new house. Then I connected the 19" TFT monitor, mouse and external hard drive to the tower base. Then plugged in the monitor, tower and external hard drive into a 4-plug extension.

so I was ready to go, I flicked on the switch at the wall to power the extension, and then i heard i pop/crack sound come from the monitor, I tried to turn it on and it wouldn't. There was a strong smell coming from inside the monitor, smelt a bit like burning plastic.

I have tried the monitor several times since, but no luck. does anyone know what ahs happened? has it basically just blown and is now un-repairable?

The monitor was 4 and a half years old, is this a problem that can occur with older TFT monitors? if it had been knocked/hit during transport, could that have effected it?

Many questions, many thanks.

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Usually the end.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 10:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Broken Monitor?

Repairs cost more than new (a subject well discussed so I won't broach that here) and you can read http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7590_102-0.html?forumID=67&threadID=62739&messageID=744233 where a mass produced model had a small defect that the more ambitious dive in and fix.

Your case is different. With that burning smell you may be able to take it apart to find the burnt part and if you didn't then you are likely in the majority that don't own a solder iron. This means you won't have any chance of fixing it. Besides the parts are nearly impossible to obtain. Too many reasons to even try.

Chalk it up to bad luck and go shopping.

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I would replace
by Willy / June 30, 2008 11:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Broken Monitor?

No good news, at least you know what happened. Unless, you like the LCD monitor so much, it maybe cost effective to have it fixed, but its "done in" and after 4yrs. got your money's worth. Sure, moving and mucking about could have knocked or loosen some int. component lose and it got in a bad way. Replace or repair, up to you.

tada -----Willy Happy

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accept a bit of bad luck
by arlow007 / July 2, 2008 9:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Broken Monitor?

Cheers guys, always thought I would have to replace it, thought I might as well see what the opinion of the matter was on here. But as you said, a bit of bad luck, but I got a good run out of it.

Now just to find a decent replacement.

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Some vendors
by Willy / July 3, 2008 2:27 AM PDT
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