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Monitor Exploded :(

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by Joobs, 1 Sep 2009.

  1. Joobs

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 488

    Location: Brighton

    My Dell 2405FPW just went pop! Windows had put it into power saving mode/standby, and when i moved the mouse there was a white flash on the screen (towards the right side of the screen) and a loud pop sound. Wasnt really a smell of buring or any smoke, but now the monitor doesnt seem to power up at all.

    It's only 4 years old (and of course the warrenty is for 3 years).

    Any ideas on what casues this to happen?

    I guess I will have to buy a new monitor :(
     
  2. dustofnations

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Dec 2008

    Posts: 665

    Unfortunately some recent posts I've read here saw people being quoted repair prices that were more than / very near to the cost of buying a new product :-(.
     
  3. ~Divine~Wind~

    Underboss

    Joined: 14 Jun 2004

    Posts: 16,037

    Location: Newcastle U/T

    Doesn't power up or doesnt show anything on screen?
    If you have the power light on load up windows and shine a torch on the screen, see if its the backlight that went pop. Doubt it but maybe worth a check
     
  4. WJA96

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

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    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    Sadly, nothing lasts forever. On the upside it'll be much cheaper to buy a good one now than it was 4 years ago.
     
  5. Coldzero

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Aug 2009

    Posts: 519

    Might be worth checking the fuse in the plug.
     
  6. Zensuji

    Mobster

    Joined: 31 Dec 2008

    Posts: 2,970

    Well 4 years isnt too bad (not ideal I know)

    Enjoy your new monitor though :)
     
  7. EsaT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 6 Jun 2008

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    Location: Finland

    From symptoms it was probably something in monitors PSU, possibly electrolyte capacitor.
     
  8. djinuk205

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 26 Aug 2009

    Posts: 252

    I just brought a 24inch dell from oc, £190 if that helps.
     
  9. sxndy

    Gangster

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    Sorry to hear that, 4yrs does seem short
     
  10. doiks14

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jan 2009

    Posts: 1,329

    Location: London

    Might be a PSU problem.. might have to replace some capacitors..

    What I would do If it was out of warranty and no one offers repair service for it for a reasonable price (not the same price as a monitor), then I'd give it a quick look inside myself :p
     
  11. Qu3

    Gangster

    Joined: 1 Jul 2009

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    Location: 127.0.0.1

    I have an acer blow up on me, 3yrs old!
     
  12. Joobs

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 488

    Location: Brighton

    Yeah, i was expecting it to last longer than 4 years. It doesnt switch on at all, no power light or anything, tried it with another lead so i dont think it's the fuse.

    I guess I'll poke around inside, I did see a post on here that mentioned a place where you can buy a new PSU for self repair which might be an option if it's obvious what went pop.
     
  13. BiGT-

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 May 2009

    Posts: 838

    now you can buy a new monitor, you'll have that that feeling again when you open the box:D
     
  14. Joobs

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

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    Location: Brighton

    I've poked around the inside back of the monitor (where the electronics are) and I can't see anything that looks like it went bang. And the fuse is blown on the power/inverter board.

    So maybe one of the cathode lights went. I've not taken a look inside yet since it seemed a bit complicated to take apart that much..

    I might try replacing the fuse and turning it back on, see if it gets any power and an image without the backlight. Or do you think that would be a mistake?
     
  15. MikeHunt79

    Capodecina

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    backlight inverter could have shorted maybe? They kick off at around 1000v don't they?

    Sounds like more than just the backlight bulb going....
     
  16. movingtables

    Mobster

    Joined: 11 Feb 2004

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    Location: TheWirral

    I can't beleive you've had an electrical item last 4 years.
    unlucky mate.
     
  17. doiks14

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jan 2009

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    Location: London

    A new fuse would cost you a peanut, so worth a go tbh :D
     
  18. Caged

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Swap the fuse (they cost pence, but might be tough tracking the glass ones down if you only want a couple). Also look for bulging caps, had a couple of LGs go, changed the caps and they worked a treat.