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Gateway FPD2185W monitor


Thanks for your input regarding the capacitors in my Gateway LCD monitor.

I replaced all the caps in mine and it has been working great; however it blacked out again this morning. I cycled the power cord and it came right back on though.

Any guesses on what might be next to replace?
I looked at all the transistors while I was in there and they didn't have any visual damage. Neither did the capacitors, but the new ones certainly did something to help. It doesn't go off within seconds like it did before.

A few of the transistors on the component-side of the board had their numbers sanded off, so I have no idea how to go about replacing them.
Rumor has it that getting a schematic is impossible.

I have a transistor tester somewhere (need to dig it out of my old CB repair equipment). But unfortunately, I'll have to remove them to properly test.
That in itself could be problematic if I happen to mess one up during the removal.

Do you have any other technical information on this monitor?



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  • stinkijeans Oct 02, 2008

    Thanks Robert...

    I was pretty thorough in checking my solder joints after I soldered them, but anything's possible especially after it's under a load and heated up. I'll give a tap if it does it again.

    This is bringing me back to my old CB radio days... ahh the fun it was to modify an old Cobra 148!


  • stinkijeans Oct 03, 2008

    Well, it blacked out again... I tapped around the back and it didn't come back on.
    I cycled the power cord and it came back on.

    Sure sounds like something's getting hot doesn't it?

    After the first (post-repair) black out, I cycled the power and it stayed on for several hours before it did it again. Another power-cycle and it's still on.

    I really hate the intermittent problems... Grrr!! I wish the bad component would just fry and get it over with. Then I'd know where to look.

    Next step is to pull it back apart and see if I can re-create the problem. Maybe heat up a few of the transistors (slightly) with the solder iron.

    And bets I'll never be able to find replacements the transistors?
    Oh well I guess... maybe it's destiny. I looked at a really nice HD monitor the other day....



  • stinkijeans Oct 03, 2008

    I was positive the polarization of the caps were correct.
    If they were backwards... I'm sure I would have got the 'smoke test' by now.. LOL
    I have a can of that 'cold shot' somewhere. It works sometimes when you need to do a thermal test.

    I'm not looking forward to popping the case back open... that's the hardest part with the monitor next to those microscopic connectors.

    I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to troubleshoot the board with everything plugged into it.
    Those damn connectors are tiny and the harness isn't very long.
    If you hear about a 21" monitor reaching low orbit from the West Coast, I guess you'll know I wasn't successful... hehe.

    Do you happen to know if there's a place I can pick up some used boards for this monitor? Maybe someone has bad pixels, but has a good board? Or worse case scenario... do you know of a pro shop that has intimate knowledge of this monitor? Maybe they have a replacement board.

    I really love this monitor and hate to put it to rest. Not without a fight anyway.
    Today's new monitors cost and arm and leg for the same features as this Gateway has.


  • stinkijeans Oct 06, 2008

    Well, here we go again... After starting the computer up after being off all day, the monitor is doing the SAME thing, It will come on for a brief second and then back off. You can see the desktop for that split second and then nothing.

    I'm at a loss now.

    Unplugging everything from the back doesn't do anything. I've tried both the DVI and CRT ports and it makes no difference. I have a second computer plugged into it as well, and it won't work on it either, so I can assume my video card is fine.

    My only other solution is to tear it back apart and test those transistors and re-flow the solder joints on the new capacitors.

    I was thinking it was a thermal issue, but the monitor has been OFF (but plugged in) for several hours today. Now this time it won't even come back on long enough to log into my computer.

    Before it would work for several hours before it would go off.

    Anyone have some C4 ? Need a boat anchor?

    I REALLY wish I could get my hands on a schematic. There's at least 2 transistors that have their numbers sanded off. Any bets it's one of those?


  • stinkijeans Oct 06, 2008

    I found the part # of the inverter, but good luck finding one:

    AIVP-0017 (I think that's the OEM #)

    And for giggles, I contacted Gateway... ROFL.
    They offered their repair service at $50/hr with a 2-hour minimum AND I pay shipping both ways.

    Let's see... I already paid over $500 for this POS... and you want me to pay even MORE to fix your defects? Let m think... Uhmmm.. NO! In fact... Hell no.

    Why would I want to spend over $100+ when I can get a new monitor with a 3-year warranty for around $200 - $250?

    It's time for a class-action suit. This is a manufacture's defect and there are a LOT of us with the identical issue.


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  • gocubs32 Oct 29, 2008

    My gateway monitor blacked out. I noticed the blue power button flashing on and off and now stays on. Could this be the caps as well?

  • vick80 Jan 12, 2009

    Power button is solid or blinking blue. Screen is dead - apparently powered down (black). Unplugging and then replugging used to work to "reset" but it no longer does. 3 months shy of 3 years old (on 1/12/09). Not very good quality. It was flaky before dying - the menu would stay on and I'd need to cycle the power to reset. Ugh.

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    I have a similar problem. Monitor will come on briefly then goes black.


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When you say that you replaced "all the capacitors" what are
you referring to? There are 8 identical capacitors in the corner
of the Power Supply/Inverter board that go bad, but there are
also 3 capacitors in the corner of the Main board nearest the
connector that goes to the power supply that can also go bad.
These are associated with the part "U15" nearby, which is the
3.3 Volt voltage regulator for the main board. If these caps go
bad, this regulator can fail to operate, and you will get no display.

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That problem might be a good solder joint in one of the capacitors you replace. old fashioned test.... when it blacks out again.... tap the back of the monitor... no not hard and see if that revives it. if so there's your problem... you need to take it apart and resolder those spots.


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    Roberta Smith Oct 02, 2008

    atta boy homer.... i'm a ham.... that makes you a hamster lol

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    Roberta Smith Oct 03, 2008

    When you replaced the capacitors did you pay attention to the orientation of them. it's not like the old days. there is a positive and negative to them. Make sure the strip is on the proper side to what the old one you removed was.

    If you happen to have a little can of compressed air.... blow air on different components when it blacks out. if it is overheating a component you'll find it that way. and yeah i hate intermittent issues as well.


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    Roberta Smith Oct 03, 2008

    size does matter when yer talking about a computer monitor.... i'm not sure where to get spare board.... when i'm needing parts i just give the local computer repair shops a call and sometimes i'm lucky. ebay would be another place (just finding a reliable source is a problem).

    when you are doing to trouble shooting thing keep an eye around the power supply or start there first as it's the likely location.



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