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Gateway fpd2185w capacitor fix question

I saw the comments on the site and i was wondering if someone could please answer a few questions for me .. my monitor began to not power on just flashing the blue light and the gateway logo ..well after reading the suggestions on the site i took my case apart and have found two of the capacitors to be bulging at the top .. i have just two questions ... one is... would it be ok to just replace these two bulging ones or should i replace all 8 ..and then question two i havent done any soldering before do i need to put the soldering iron on the two points underneath the old capacitors to melt the old solder off and then add new solder to connect the new capacitors or is there another way to remove the old solder. thanks for any help

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    martyj125 Jan 17, 2009

    dude thanks ltfrc i got it working it is the capacitors ...Alan Alan wtf are you talking about man ..displays arcing my arsehole .. it is these 8 capacitors ...dude it works just replace the 8 capicitors and it workdks like new for under 25.00 **** gateway those corporate ***** scum ..this was obviously their pig scum plan release a product an overpriced product mind you but yet let it have a failing component in this case the power capacitors ..these fuckscum knew this and let it happen so you would keep buying monitors ..please someone start a class action lawsuit because i bet you any money this **** flawed **** isnt just hitting this product think about it ..these mofos are pulling some serious scammer illegal ******** ...lets get on top of this while we can ..power to the people


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To take solder off you can get some cross wire called DESOLDER this copper wire soaks up the old solder, by heating this new desolder the old solder will jump into it and clear your way. I like the Techspray #3 no-clean model 1822-5f
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Very important, use a pencil iron only, you can destroy the film on the board if you use too much heat. Go for the two bulging ones first. After you remove the capacitors if the holes fill over use a straight pin or similar to open the hole to accept the new part. Also whatch for the polarity on the one you remove, should have a + sign on one side. Make sure the new one goes back in the same way.

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It is not the capacitors in these boards, The displays are arcing, Class action lawsuit in progress.

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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.

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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.


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