I have a Samsung SyncMaster 173P monitor from 2004. It cost me over $600 at the time. When it worked, it was beautiful. However, it suddenly went black. The power light goes on for about 4 seconds and then off. The LCD screen stays black--no flicker. The power button will beep when touched. It's not the computer--I installed another monitor, and that one works fine.
It's not a capacitor. It has an external power supply. The power supply is functional. I swapped it out for a universal one and still have the same problem. I looked inside the monitor and did not notice anything obviously damaged, but then again I am a novice at this sort of thing.
It would be a shame to discard it, but it will cost me over $100 to have Samsung repair it, and I can buy a used one delivered to my office for $55. Can anyone think of what it might be, how to figure it out, and if so, what it might entail (both expertise-wise and cost-wise) to do it myself? Thanks.