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Anyone have part #'s on the capacitors?

From what I've read on the fired-capacitor issue, I'm betting mine's next!
Anyone have the type and size of the caps so I can buy in advance?

A schematic diagram of the monitor would be nice...


H.

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  • stinkijeans Sep 21, 2008

    Thanks Robert...

    I'm very familiar with electronics... I used to tinker with communications stuff all the time (repair/modify, etc...). I was just wondering if a person could get the caps in advance as I live quite a ways out of town.

    I can't say for sure if my caps are the problem, but sounds like a person should replace them anyway if you're going to crack the case open. I found numerous bad caps in radio equipment. You'd be surprised how many times I've seen a .02 part completely kill a device.

    From what I've read on this monitor, it sounds like I just got a 'shot over the bow'. I'm betting mine is going to fail soon, and probably at the most inconvenient time :).
    I think the only reason it hasn't failed earlier is because I shut mine off regularly.

    This is my first LCD I ever purchased and it's been absolutely flawless. My blind-arse can actually see things now! I bought it from a warehsoue store (Costco). They were far cheaper (at the time) than other local stores.

    I was afraid to buy an LCD at an online retialer due to the DPP (dead pixel policy).
    Most of them allow a certain amount of dead pixels before they'll RMA, etc...
    My thoughts are... I'm spending HOW MUCH money on a monitor? Every single pixel should work perfectly thanks! I wanted a local place to return it to if I found dead pixles.

    So far Ive never had none. The monitor has been excelelnt.

    H.



  • stinkijeans Sep 26, 2008

    Well, my monitor went out twice again... so I decided to pop the case open and have a go at those capacitors.

    BE CAREFUL when poppping the case open and unplugging the connectors!
    Everything is flimsy and can break easy. TAKE YOUR TIME, and be very gentle.
    I keep electronic screwdrivers, tweezers and the like for projects like this. The conenctors were a b*tch to get out with my fat-fingers!!

    Once I got inside, I found the capacitors were NOT bulged out the top, leaking, or leaning; however I noticed some of the bottoms on teh cas were sticking out further htan others.
    Hard to say if they are bad, but it won't hurt to replace them since I'm already knee-deep into it.

    Ok, now time to find the replacement parts:
    The new capacitors were a bit of work to find. My local Radio Shack and their online store didn't have some of them, and the ones they did wasn't rated the same.

    The OEM capacitors are rated 105* (1000 hrs). There were a Samxon brand. According to some web sites, these caps are a general purpose and lower-quality cap.

    The Radio Shack ones are 85*. They would probably work, but who knows for how long.
    I figure the OEM caps are already made by the lowest bidder, so I better not take the chance and make it worse! Besides, Rat Shack didn't even have all of them.

    Here is a list of the caps I found in my monitor (other monitors may be different and you should check yours BEFORE you order them as Robert suggested above)

    * ALL OF THESE ARE RADIAL ELECTROLYTIC (aluminum can type), 105 deg. *

    QTY. (1) 10 uf, 50V
    QTY. (1) 47 uf, 25V
    QTY. (2) 68 uf, 450V
    QTY. (2) 220 uf, 25V
    QTY. (8) 470 uf, 25V

    I found all of the parts at Allied Electronics:https://www.alliedelec.com/
    Total parts was less than $8.

    Allied part #'s:

    10uf: 613-0743
    47uf: 613-0783
    68uf: 613-0312
    220uf: 613-0766
    470uf: 613-0190

    According to their specs, they are good for 2000 hours.

    Digikey also had them:http://www.digikey.com
    Their prices were comparable, but I couldn't get all of the same manufacturer (not that it really matters, but I'm picky like that :) )

    I'll post my results soon as I get the new parts in next week.

    H.




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I use this monitor on my desktop system. A great monitor until it died with this same issue. I almost went out and bought a new one, but thought first I'd search Google to see if anyone else has experienced this. That is when I found this posting.

After opening the case and getting the printed circuit board out, I saw that the eight 470 mfd capacitors had slight bulges on the top. I went to Radio Shack. Bought 8 new cap for $1.19 each and a soldering iron and solder.

I'm not an experienced solder(er) so it took me about two hours to remove the old caps and replace the new ones and put the monitor back together.

VOILA!!! It works perfectly!

Thanks to all of you who took the time to post this.

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I have order several parts I have Replaced my caps and still no luck i ordered about 18 caps and regulators as soon as i get them replaced i will be posting a how to online for everyone so they can see what all goes bad besides the caps there is more a lot more to it than caps! some of you may be able to replace just the caps and get lucky but sooner or later the regulators will go bad as well.
Email me if you have any questions

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If it's bad caps you likely won't even need a schematic to locate them.... visually inspecting them doesn't always work. you need to feel the tops of them. if they feel rounded on the tops or swelled up.... replace them. be sure to orient them the same way as the old... they have a positive and negative so be aware of the stripe on the side. the uf number has to be exact but a replacement with a higher voltage rating is exceptable.
I fixed a benq monitor with the same issue so good luck and ask if i've missed something you need to know. oh and the parts can be bought at radio shack (in the states) or grab a phone book and look up electronic parts.

Robert

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    well reverse problem again... yeah you would need the schematic... only thing is then you need to take it apart to know what caps need replacement. so like it or not you are going to have to crack the case and make a list of what you need. yeah the dead pixel thing always bugged me, my feeling was that i paid a fortune (well my wallet screamed when i took the money out) so either it's working as it should or not. here's an issue for you and i've seen it... tiny bugs got in behind the lcd screen on a monitor and were moving around....... ohhhhhhhhhh what a bugga that would be.





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