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My monitor comes on for a few second and then goes out, Turn monitor off and back on same problem (what is the problem).

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    i have the same problem it takes about 10 minutes of turning on and off before it eventually stays on.

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I had a problem with my 1916w monitor where it came on and the monitor began to squeal, the screen went black and the noise stopped. The monitor power indicator whent from green to orange. It turned out to be two bad (domed) CapXon 1000 microfard 25v dc capacitors on the power board. This brand of capacitor has been a known cause of problems in various makers monitors. Replace these two capacitors and any others that have domed tops with a good brand of capacitor of the same rating. Replacing these two capacitors fixed my problem. I have disassembly instuctions for this monitor in answer to another persons problem in FixYa where he inquired how to get the covers off the monitor. Good luck and have a merry Christmas.

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The problem is one or more failed electrolytic capacitors on the secondary side of the power supply circuit board.

You can often identify which one(s) (is/are) bad, because their tops often look "bulged", but replacing them all usually isn't a bad idea either.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008

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SOURCE: monitor goes black after a few seconds

I have the same problem on my Acer AL1711. The monitor was out of warranty so I opened it up and found one of the 1000 mf capacitor almost ready to pop. A 50 cents replacement from allelectronics.com fixed the problem.

Not recommended for anyone without experience soldering electronic components to PCB's.

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SOURCE: HP 1940 goes blank After 3 Seconds. after turning on

Run a monitor aelf test.... Remove the monitor cable from the back of the tower... and see if it run self test.... also a install the driver for the monitor

Posted on Aug 03, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a Dell monitor model #1901FP when my

The solution I am about to describe refers to a backlight problem, which is most common in Dell 15,17 & 19" monitors. The symptoms are as you describe:

  • You power on the monitor, the green on/off switch illuminates and the display works for approx 1-2 seconds and then goes blank.
  • The green on/off switch stays illuminated but the screen remains blank
  • If you shine a torch into the LCD matrix you can see the display being rendered faintly
  • Switching the monitor off and then on again illuminates the display again for 1-2 seconds before going blank again
This is a backlight fault and is most likely to be caused by the failure of two of the four driver transistors used to light the lighting tubes in the LCD Matrix. This fault is easy to repair if you (or a friend) have a soldering iron and a voltmeter.

Inside the monitor there is an inverter board that acts as a power supply for the monitor and the logic necessary to control the backlights (illumination and brightness control). There are four lighting tubes, which are controlled by two lighting circuits (two lighting tubes per circuit). At the heart of the inverter board is a chip that monitors feedback from the two lighting circuits and closes the back-light circuit down if either of the lighting circuits fail, thus any component failure will exhibit the same symptoms.

The transistors which fail most often cost pence to replace (types C5706 or C5707). However, their failure in unlikely to be the cause of the problem. My first crack at fixing this fault, by replacing the transistors, resulted in them failing again within 24/48Hrs. The cause of the problem will be dry solder joints or loose connections on the high-voltage side of the circuit, usually on the backlight transformer in the effected circuit. If you re solder each of the connectors on the transformer you will save the transistors from blowing again - the transformer generates 1,400Volts for the lighting tubes and at this voltage, arcing across the a dry solder joint, will quickly destroy the transistors again.

No soldering iron? - A complete inverter board replacement is also reasonably cheap and easy repair. These are widely available.

Sorry of this is more detail than you expected but it may help others reading this article.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010

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