I got this monitor from work, they were throwing it out cause the video isn't working. The monitor still gets power and the light comes on, but the screen is blank. Just wondering if it's something I can fix. Any suggestion would help. Thanks!
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Re: monitor gets power but no picture
Check the cable connections reconnect them. if nothing happens try hooking it up on a different computer. if picture does appear still, check the video card of your computer, it could have been damage.
I have a pair of Samsung Monitors 2232 (manufactured in July and August of 2007). They both recently developed problems and died. I searched and found replacement capacitor packages for $10 per monitor, popped of the back, soldered them in, and they are working like a charm now. I am writing this from those previously black monitors. You can find the repair packages on Amazon, eBay, etc. I got mine from LCD Alternatives (eBay was the least expensive alternative). It took about 30 minutes each but my sons now know how to solder. I ordered an inexpensive 60 watt soldering iron from them as well because the Samsung solder needs a really hot iron.
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The monitor may be failing. Here's some tricks I would try...
1. Verify the monitor's power cord is plugged firmly into the wall outlet and the back of the monitor.
2. Verify the monitor cable is firmly connected to the computer and the monitor.
3. Verify that you have turned the monitor power switch on.
4. If the power light on the monitor is not on, test the wall outlet (plug in a light or something you know works).
5. If the power light on the monitor is not on, try a different power cord.
6. If the power light is on and yellow or orange or flashing, but nothing displays, or the display is incorrect, borrow a monitor from a friend. If that works, your monitor probably needs replaced.
7. Also, you could try your monitor on a friend's computer. If it doesn't work, your monitor probably needs replaced. If it works properly on your friends computer, the problem may be with your computers video output port, motherboard video chip (or video card, if you have one), or drivers.
The most common cause of this type of display issues is a failure of the back light power supply. There are parts called capacitors that fail and this causes the power supply to not be able to put out the correct voltages to operate the monitor. You cn repair the monitor easily by replacing the bad capacitors on the power supply board. The old ones need to re desoldered and the new ones soldered back in place. You can get a kit of the proper capacitors to do the repair here:
It could either be the Monitor has gone bad, the video card in your tower, or the cable connecting the two, the orange light signifies that the system is not getting the signal from the tower. Try replacing the VGA cable, if this is not an option try using the monitor on a different computer, if still no picture then the monitor is no good, if you get a picture try a second monitor with your desktop. If you get no picture then it is time for a new motherboard or graphics card. As far as replacing the cable if it is one piece with the monitor, it isn't recommended unless you a very comfortable opening the monitor up, in which case you risk causing more damage.
If the monitor is going into sleep mode the normal power led will change to another color. This indicates loss of video signal or possible out of range resolution. If the picture goes dark and the power lite stays on, you have a backlight malfunction. It can be bad capacitors causing an inverter power fault or it may have worn out backlights causing a shutdown condition. Monitor Mike
This model is a great one and well worth repairing. The display problem you are having is caused by bad capacitors on the power supply board. To repair the unit you will need to replace 6 capacitors and one fuse on the board, this is very easy to do, it just requires a little soldering. Here is a picture of the power supply board with the capacitors and the fuse circled and here is a link to additional information on the capacitors needed. http://www.ccl-la.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=229
I would try your monitor on another computer to see if it works and/or try a CRT monitor on your computer and reinstall the video card drivers. I have seen a big issue with this lately where the video card drivers are getting corupted. When this happens the computer sends a signal out of range to the monitor causing it to turn off so it does not get damaged.
If your monitor does work on another computer and you need help reinstalling your video card drivers let me know.
This is usually caused by the video card doens't have enough power or is degraded, the video cable is bad/poor.
Connect the monitor to another computer and verify that it isn't the monitor. If so, confirm that it is the monitor. Otherwise it is the video card.
If it is embedded video card, purchase/borrow another video card and install it. If you don't replace the card, you will have to disable the embedded video for the video card to work.
The issue might be that your monitor is not getting enough voltage to turn on properly.
If the monitor is plugged into a surge protector, remove it and plug it directly into the wall outlet. If the monitor works fine, the surge protector is not allowing enough power thru it for the monitor to work correctly - replace the power strip.
If there is no change, then your monitor is going out.