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Gateway FPD 1830 18.1 in. Flat Panel Problem

Display of Win desktop is very dark (barely readable enough to read email) and contrast is not all that great -- EXCEPT that when making new settings (brightness, contrast, etc) the OSD window is just fine (nice brightness and contrast. So it appears the inverter and backlight are fine.

So you end up with a dim screen everywhere but in the OSD window, which seems to be very good.

Is this a logic board issue or something that can be "fixed" with a new driver or some sort of calibration? (This monitor was given to me in this condition and the testing is based on my own computer with no installed drivers for this specific monitor. (My normal Samsung monitor looks great on this system.

Thanks -- John

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Usually in these cases the power supply would be the issue, but you say the OSD window shows up clearly, So the LCD panel is good and the Power Supply /inverter depending on which your FPD has.
FPD 1830 should have 3 boards(logic, Inverter, Power) otherwise just 2(logic, power)

If it is super dim, the problem is the inverter. Or the Power Supply if the inverter is embedded

Otherwise what your issue is the logic board, if you can swap out that part for a good one, Chances are for sure that you will have a spanking new FPD working.

I've worked with these a lot. Im working on one right now.
I hope this helps
Wish you luck
Victorsinferno45

Posted on Sep 13, 2008

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