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Green Light, no Display - Gateway FPD1730

My Gateway system is about 5 years old. The 17" monitor FPD1730 monitor has produced a perfect display for all of this time. No dead pixels. No fading of colors or light. Crisp and clearimage. No issues at all. Yesterday morning the display quietly and quickly shut off. The screen went to solid black. The green light stayed on, steady. No noise, smoke or other disturbances accompanied the stoppage of the display. I hooked up an old monitor to my computer. Even used the same, undisturbed cables. Came on fine. No problems. I tried moving the "bad" monitor to another computer. Green light, no display. I contacted Gateway technical support, but all they said was "sounds like a bad monitor." Really!? Wow, I was so underwhelmed with their technical knowledge. As if I didn't know the monitor was "bad." What I wanted to know was, what causes a problem like THIS one! I've done some reading about repairing monitors, but before I attempt anything, I'd like to know more. Any ideas on what has beset this poor beast?

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  • J M Blankenship Jul 30, 2007

    I will try this. I have looked at DIY guides to replacing the backlight (don't know of anyone nearby that does this kind of work), and parts of the replacement seem rather daunting. For example, the DIY guide talked about using a Dremel tool to cut the plastic housing away from the replacement backlight. I'm not prepared to do this kind of work myself.

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2007

    I have the same problem. I tried the flashligh technique and could see text on the screen. Now I have to decide if it's worth getting it fixed.


  • arbyhayes Jun 19, 2008

    My problem is exactly described in first two paragraphs except the monitor will come back on when I push the green LED - only to go to black again at its whim.

  • hickXtownXwv Jan 27, 2009

    I have a monitor that does the same thing. If you keep turning it off and on, it will display a picture for a second, and then it disappears. If you hold a flashlight to it, you can see everything, so its not completly dead. i dont knwo what to do with it from here. =[

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I picked up a FPD1730 monitor for free which was just sitting out in my apartment hallway. I suspected something was wrong and sure e**ugh there was ** backlight, but I could see faint video when I shined a flashlight on it.

A quick Google search of the inverter model # led me to a German forum which suggested replacing the fuse labeled "F1" on the inverter board. I don't have a matching fuse on hand but I bridged the connection with a wire and sure e**ugh the backlight came back on. Short-circuiting like this is definitely **t 100% safe but if you can find a 4A fuse then it's a really cheap and quick fix.

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It could be your LCD backlight giving you problems. With the computer on and the monitor power LED green shine a flashlight in the lower left hand corner of your screen. Look for the ?Start? button, if your backlight is not working you?ll see a faint ?start? button if you look closely. Depending on the monitor this is usually and economically repairable problem. Let us know if you have any other questions and please don?t forget to rate this posting.

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  • tomj23 Jul 30, 2007

    Cutting plastic usually isn?t necessary; however it is not a repair I would recommend to the typical user. If you have excellent attention to detail, patience, experience with the disassembly and handling of electronics and the tools then give it a try. It is also important to also realize that by doing it yourself you risk the real possibility of damaging your monitor beyond economic repair. If you are OK with all of that then it may be worth a try.

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