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Samsung 173P Monitor Went Black -- To Discard Or Not To Discard


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#1 ctdave

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:31 PM

Hi,

 

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.

 

Dave



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:29 PM

Hi,

 

No guarrantees, but this might help :

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/378732/lcd-monitor-problem/?p=2130824

 

You say you can't see anything obviously wrong / damaged. That's the problem with electronics -they just sit there and smile at you, working or not ! You will find the whole of the discussion this reference came from here :

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/378732/lcd-monitor-problem/?p=2130824

 

It is probably worth a quick look to see if this might solve your problem, but it is a 9 year old monitor. However, even if you can get one delivered for $55, I suspect it won't be as good as the one giving you grief.

 

Chris Cosgrove



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:54 AM

Another thing worth doing is replace the mobo battery. Only costs about $3.00, and that is one of the only two reasons I have ever had black screens. The other reason was defective RAM, that worked alright if you slowed the timings down, but would not work at it's default timings.



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 11:25 AM

Stuff like this you might play with just for fun, but really for $100 you can get a new 19-20" widescreen monitor. 

 

Pull it down and get the numbers off the control board, google it, and see what is available.  Always a chance to find a board for $20 on ebay.  A lot of those old monitors have a control board with a slave/video board.  Wonky video= video board.  Anything else=control board.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:51 PM

Thank you for all your responses.  They were very helpful.  






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