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I think my monitor bit the big one

By cshell4642
Oct 21, 2008
  1. Hello, I just need some advice on which way to go from here. I turned my monitor on this morning and the power lite was blinking. Its a Dell E151Pb LCD. After hitting the power button several times, it would shut off. Thinking it was the Video Card, I disconnected the monitor and put it on another computer and it worked fine for a while, then started the same thing again. Then I swiped my son's monitor from his computer and put it on my computer,
    and it works just fine, so it must be the monitor itself. Could one of the cords gone bad, and if so which one? It has a detachable power cord, but the one going to the VC is wired internally. What does it take to pull it apart and replace the cable?
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Changing the video cable is not an option for the technically challenged... The monitor needs to be replaced. Nice troubleshooting by the way :)
     
  3. cshell4642

    cshell4642 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Tmagic-- I got a pretty good laugh out of your reply. I may not be the brightest bulb in the box, but I'm not a total *****. You almost cost me a monitor because mine is fine. The blinking lite to someone like you should have been a clue, but instead you tell me to replace it. The setting in power for the monitor got changed to "Turn off after 20 mins"
    And to your remark " not for the technically challenged"............I'm not tecnically challenged, I've built 2 computers all by myself, and I can usually fix whatever comes up. All I ask for once in a while is a little direction.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "Then I swiped my son's monitor from his computer and put it on my computer,
    and it works just fine, so it must be the monitor itself. Could one of the cords gone bad, and if so which one? It has a detachable power cord, but the one going to the VC is wired internally. What does it take to pull it apart and replace the cable?"...


    Most LCD monitors have detatchable video cables, standard VGA or hi-definition, as well as detachable power cords... Blinking lights can still mean there is a problem. There is a plastic plate that hides the video cable connections. All one has to do is remove this plate
     
  5. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    "I disconnected the monitor and put it on another computer and it worked fine for a while, then started the same thing again"

    That statement may have muddied the waters a bit. And, pulling apart an LCD can be tricky and is not for, err, the technically challenged.

    Failing inverters and backlights can, in many cases, be changed BUT require some skill and expense and, after buying the parts, there are no guarantees you'll fix it they are ,in many cases, non-returnable items. This leads many of us 'volunteers' to just say 'Buy a new one!.'

    Which doesn't mean I said you weren't technically adept or were technically challenged, but is simply statement of fact.

    :)
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Incredible how some people do not see, that you were helping not costing this member Tmagic650.

    I would not worry about such ignorance from cshell4642
    As your original reply was spot on. :grinthumb

    I have had similar episodes with customers that have complained to me, about their actions (not mine) I've found no answer to such ignorance, except goodbye !

    We await the thank-you from cshell4642 now... (Forget it, I've closed the thread, due to the possible further abuse)


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