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Has anyone dealt with this sort of thing before? Maybe with another brand? This monitor is way off warranty so I am wondering if a repair shop could fix it without costing me an arm and a leg.
I love my Electron Blue! Does anyone know what is happening? :(
The typical life expectancy of CRT monitors is about 5 years depending on usage, so even if you get it fixed, it probably won't last that much longer.
If you have a friend who knows his way around analog circuit boards, he might be able to fix it if it's nothing worse than a bad solder joint.
Disconnect it from everything (computer and mains) and leave for one hour (to ensure high voltage components discharge). Remove the cover then unplug and replug all the easy-to-reach connectors. Pay particular attention to connectors at the back of the tube.
Even after an hour, some monitors may still have highly charged capacitors, so wearing rubber gloves is certainly worth considering if you don't know what to look out for. Also, some connectors may be delicate and may require careful inspection to determine how to remove them so be thoughtful and gentle.
If tapping the casing causes the fault to appear or disappear its probably a bad connection - where the scan coils join the main pcb or dry solder joints.
Take it to a tv repair shop, do not attempt to repair it yourself CRTs use very high voltages (tens of thousands of volts) your monitors power supply smoothing capacitor works at around 400V both can hold their charge for several days.
Please pay an expert to do the job safely, if it only requires soldering it shouldn't cost too much!
use only one hand and keep the other one in your pocket
Good advice, the idea of this is to stop the voltage going across your heart (from arm to arm), but it won't stop you getting a nasty shock.
Repair shops use a resistor with heavily insulated leads to discharge capacitors and the line output transformer before starting work.
I think I will take it to a shop for an estimate and see if its worth the repair.
Thanks to everyone. It helpful to be able to ask these questions.
And note, he didn't actually touch it - he was a couple of inches away!
They are not to be messed with unless you really know what you are doing.
Seeing so many experts' replies here, I feel like to ask what is a comparable monitor to my Blue Lacie IX 19", should I decide to get a new one?
I am a pro photographer and need a good quality monitor to show my clients picture like images on monitor...
[edited by: tedster at 4:18 am (utc) on April 14, 2008]
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