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Dell sp2208wfp CCF lamp is not working (no back light)...and the warrenty was expired. I am wondering if I can fix it by myself?

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Initially, consider an experiment. Shine a flashlight at an angle towards the screen with the monitor and computer both powered on. Note if a dark/ghostly image of the desktop could be seen. If yes, then it would be a backlighting issue. In most instances, it would be the inverter that provides high frequency, high voltage supply to the CCF (cold cathode florescent) lamps.

It is a hardware fault and not a setting nor a configuration issue.

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Any luck with the Dell people?

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...If the power light stays on and the unit works even if for just a moment, then chances are that you either have a cold solder, or a heat problem with some components or your CCF Lamp is starting to fail.

All possibilities require that you open your LCD monitor and perform diagnostics of the components/circuitry inside. This of course would require that you be familiar with components, circuitry, soldering and the use of a VOM.

Cold solder - refers to soldered connections that have lost 100% of their connectivity. When the unit is jarred or after some time of use it looses completely its connection. The corrective measure require that the said cold solder be located and resoldered.

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