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Dell 2000FP monitor black screen

I just got a used Dell 2000FP. It worked pretty well for a few days but now it works only intermittently. The power button stopped working. Now I have to turn it on by plugging it in. Then all the lights on the front come on and stay on and the power button light is both orange and green at the same time. Pressing the power button or any other buttons has no effect. The DEll logo appears on the screen but the monitor usually won't accept a signal from my laptop. My suspicion is that the firmware needs to be reloaded. Is that possible? Sometimes I plug it in and it just works, but that is increasingly rare. Thanks. -Loren

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  • ollie598 Apr 20, 2008

    My Dell 2000FP is doing the same exact thing. I would be glad for any ideas or solutions. I have tried it on a few different computers. Worked fine a few days ago. then it started doing this.

  • PetitCarrion Feb 01, 2009

    hi!!!! did you repair your monitor? how???? one friend give one and it works exactly like you explain!!!!

  • Blauelf Feb 07, 2009

    Same problem here. Last week, the monitor freezed after some minutes but kept working until I changed screen resolution (as long as the adjusting to the current resolution was finished at the time of freezing). Now it freezes during startup procedures.



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I just fixed my Dell 2000FP LCD monitor and right now using it.

The solution is very simple and easy. Do it your self if you are comfortable soldering.

Resolder the 2 transformer legs ( 9 legs each transformer), 2 oranger capitors, 2 small green capitors, 2 inductors coil legs.

Use at least 45 watts soldering iron with a pointed tip. Be careful.


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This problem is, without a doubt, caused by the firmware inside the atmel chip (AT49BV8192AT) that is located on the main logic board. My 2000FP had the sam problems, It just freezes during startup and only a hard reset could solve the problem. I also tried capacitors and re-soldering stuff then it seems to help but this is not the case because the problem is in the beginning intermittend. After a while it freezed all the tim during startup. It is the firmware that is slowly getting erased. I ordered a new atmel chip with pre-installed 2000FP software and used a Hot air gun the repace it. The monitor has been working for half a year now. This is a typical DELL 2000FP problem from a certain series.

Good luck repairing.


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  • Robert Monroe Jan 05, 2012

    Smokkeltje, how did you acquire the atmel chip with pre-installed 2000FP firmware?


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Hey there.
I got the same problem just right now and figured out by the most profesional technician (My Edgardo) that u only need to solder the cole, both of them a little bit more, and thats it!

try and update me.

Posted on Apr 06, 2009

The main logic board has gone bad and requires physical repair, take a look at

(it's not firmware or the power supply)

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Sounds like a bad power supply. I doubt if its the firmware as where did it go?? Did you dump the puter?? have you tryed the monitor on a friends puter?? Good Luck

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My monitor died slowly, the time to the freeze constantly degrading. No difference if the device was warm or cold. This leads to the following hypothesis:

Microprocessors freeze up because of three reasons most times: First, temperature problems. Unlikely here. Second, programme runs into an infinite loop because of poor code. Unlikely, too. Third, the supply voltage is not as stable as it should.

So it is most likely a problem of the power supply. Since the external power supply is fine the problem will be the internal DC/DC converters providing the 2.7V for the logics chip. Their maximum current output is heavily dependent on the condition of the electrolytic capacitors involved. And these tend to run dry over years, especially when stored in hot places (and a running monitor might be such a place).

If I am right you need to find the degraded capacitor(s) and exchange it with a new one, SMD, Low-ESR, 105°C temperature rating, capacity and maximum voltage as printed on the case (first number is capacity in µF, second is maximum voltage). Process involves SMD soldering, so practice soldering and dissoldering on a cheaper board first, not the no-longer-produced 4-layer one.

I will try this myself once I have some spare time (have to finish my diploma thesis first).

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