Its like this Paddy no matter what is wrong with the monitor it will usually cost a minimum of 1 hour labour + any parts - most places seem to charge an up front fee of a standard hour - best to ring packard bell and ask them what their fees are - if it is a good monitor it maybe worth while fixing - but like all computer equipment the prices have dropped that much a new one is not more expensive than getting the old one repaired - and the newer models are a lot better - one other thought is that some companies give a trade-in value so it is worth while asking about that when you ring Packard.
Paddy, it is getting to the point these days where nothing gets fixed just replaced. If it were me i would pull the monitor case off and at least see if i can find some lose connections - but be careful not to give yourself an electric shock!!
Ive had a Packard Bell Desktop PC for about 4yrs and for about the last year(im new to this forum ) the monitor has been faulty. basically the contrast/brightness/hue, wahtever u wanna call it is dodgy. the screen has gone dull so it makes it difficult to see certain images on screen. i can still use the comp, but its just a little 'dark'. the funny thing is, if it tilt the monitor on to the left or right, or even up a bit, the normal screen brightness returns. but once i let go, the screen goes dark again. im pretty sure its nothin i cn fix at home, but im just wonderin if anyones had a prob like thi b4 and if it cost much to fix it. sounds like a lose connection, but i know nothing about monitors.