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Dell Lcd Monitor Non-working-easy Fix?

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#1 azyardies


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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:17 AM

Hi, I am interested in buying a non-working DELL 17" flat panel computer monitor second hand. I want to get it as cheaply as possible in case I have to send it out for repair. This is ALL I know so far about this monitor. "THe person seling it says it was working fine but just stopped working. If you turn it on, the screen will flash on and then go black"...
I am not a tech or anything like that. But, with this little info I have to give you, would it be that it needs something simple and easy to replace? Seller is asking $30 for it. Maybe I can get it for a little less. I saw a picture online and it looks nice. Too bad it has this problem.
Hope you can help Thanks

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:55 AM

Interesting post :thumbsup:.

Personally, I would never consider buying even a used LCD monitor (I'm still waiting for my CRTs to fail), let alone one which is known to be malfunctioning (and has no warranty). I'll amend that...if I were a technician or knowledgeable enough to try to repair it myself, then I might consider it. Only then.

As for hoping that it's something minor...well, you can do that, no harm in hoping. But to assume that you can get it repaired cheaper than buying a new one (with a warranty) and then not have to worry about it failing again...I think that's stretching the old imagination just a bit.

Others here certainly will have different views on what you propose to do.


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Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:59 AM

IMO it's a $30 bet - the seller isn't interested in having it fixed, and you're betting that it's worth fixing.
Not a good bet IMO :thumbsup:
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:02 AM

This person has some gall trying to sell you a broken monitor. :thumbsup: At $60.00 per hour bench time at a computer shop it quickly becomes more cost effective to let it die and replace it, but to spend $30.00 on it and then at least another $60.00 plus what ever parts is just not a good idea. I'd stay away from this one.

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