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LCD Salvage - Newbie - Dangerous?

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#1 HungryEyes


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:41 PM

Hey guys!

So I recently replaced an old flatscreen LCD monitor with a brand spankin' new one for my desktop computer, but being how I am, I don't like throwing technology away.

This monitor is at least 5 years old. It's an HP W17e LCD (240V).

The issue with it is that it fizzles out upon starting, hisses, and smells of smoke, but that is another issue for another post.

Right now I am just concerned about safety.

I have already unscrewed and removed the back of the monitor, and now I am left with this intimidating metal cage, with specialty tape and a lot of electrical work.

Should I be worried about capacitors?

The computer has been completely unplugged for 3 days.

I would like to use this monitor as a secondary screen, but is it a better decision to dispose of it?

Thank you,


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#2 TsVk!


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 08:02 PM

Someone who has experience with repairing monitors might jump in after me...


In my experience older monitors use a hell of a lot more power than newer ones, and in the long term it may just be cheaper to lay out a liitle cash and get a bottom of the range, low power usage one. I've been buying 24" LED monitors with 3 years warranty for around $160 at the moment (AOC, LG and Samsung)... it's really not a bad option for you.

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