Question about Gateway FPD2185W 21 in. LCD Television
My screen will not display and the power button wont allow me to turn it off. When I unplug and plug it back up, all it does it show a bright blue then dims out. I've taken it apart to see if the capacitors are bulging or leaking or anything but I don't see what others have described as far as my capacitors go. Maybe that is due to be inexperienced when it comes to these things but I can learn right? :) I've taken some photos of them and the links are below. Can someone view them and tell me if you spot anything abnormal? I don't have the money to send it in for repair so I'm doing a self-repair.
Hopefully these pics will help.
Ok, I have some news on this that I know you will not like, but the whole point of this site is to try and help you fix the problem, or at least, try and point you in the right direction.
I have done some extensive searching on this problem over the last month, as I have also had a friend with a similar problem that you are describing. There is a manufacturer's fault on the main power board, this has been recognised by Gateway, but as it happens inconsistantly (it may happen after a few months or a few years), they are not prepared to recall the product.
Obviously this doesn't help us as consumers that buy their products. The blue screen that you describe happens with alot of visual hardware inc. graphics cards that affects the whole market, and has now become affectionately known as The Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD).
If you are one of the lucky one's, and it is still under the manufacturer's warranty, get it sent back asap, and ask for a replacement to a similar model. If not, the only thing you can do is get it repaired or get a new/2nd-hand one.
Like I said, I'm sorry this isn't the news you wanted, but I didn't think it was fair for you to hang on.
Posted on Dec 09, 2008
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The power printed circuit board is failing by the
information that you have given, but with additional information we may find
the actual cause and a solution to it. You may email me at: Sprint6@zoominternet.net or explain
better the symptoms it is having.
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