The monitor fails during use, timing is straight away to 5-6 hours after switched on. When it is about to fail the display goes darker and then it goes to black. Then it must be left for a while before it will work again.
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Re: Monitor fails during use
From your description/post, it would seem that something is overheating in your monitor. It is possible to be a cold solder joint or a component starting to fail. Since this involves component level repair, use of a VOM and a soldering iron, it sort of limits a do-it-yourself repair not unless you are comfortable working in such an environment and with such tools and equipment. A sure sign of cold solder though is if when it is jarred it turns itself on. The "growing darker" possibly indicates backlight fading.
You may need the services of a qualified professional to have this repaired. Good luck and kind regards.
Pls post again should you need further information.
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From the description you give, this sounds like a failure in the circuit board, normally the capacitors go and the thing refuses to power up, however, the fact it defaulted to a low resolution indicates that the actual board is in some way failing, possibly a damaged circuit, or component.
I would think it could be repaired and it may be a simple job for someone who can identify the failing component, however, I think that the cost of getting it repaired would outweigh the cost of replacement
When the amount of available memory in flash memorybecomes low,
"FILE" flashes in the lower left corner ofthe display in all of the submodes
of the standard mode as well as in the dive mode. Thewatch
automatically switches to the flash memory statusdisplay of the system
monitor mode when the water sensor gets wet while thiswarning function
is activated. Please note that although it is possibleto use the watch for
diving in this state, log data may not be recorded inflash memory during
The file error warning function is also activated andadditional log data is not recorded if the
duration of a single dive exceeds 2 hours or if morethan 15 dives are made in a single day. The
file error warning function may also be activated whenthe water temperature during diving is low.
It may not be possible to receive watchsettings by data communication while the file error warning
When the watch has switched to the file error warningdisplay, perform the garbage collection
procedure in the system monitor mode of the standardmode. Thedisplay returns to normal
following completion of garbagecollection.
Garbage collection begins when button (C) is pressedfor at least 2 seconds during the
flash memory status display.
• During the garbage collection operation, an alarmsounds and "G.C." is displayed on the
display. When garbage collection is completed,"Done" is displayed on the display.
• Garbage collection cannot be performed when"G.C." has changed to "NG" on the
battery charge indicator or when the water sensor hasbeen activated. "Fail" is displayed
on the disPress button (B) in the system monitor modeof the
standard mode to switch the watch to the Flash Memory
Formatting Flash Memory
Formatting of flash memory begins when button (B) is
pressed while pressing button (C) simultaneously forat
least 2 seconds.play at this time.
The Service Monitor meter contains a service minder function that utilizes the 4-digit LCD display. The letters "CHG" will display followed by the letters "OIL" and then followed by the meter accumulated time. "CHG"/"OIL"/TIME will alternate on the display for five(5) minutes after the meter reaches 50 hours. The display will also flash as described above for five(5) minutes every time the tractor has been started during the maintenance time interval. The interval will occur every 50 hours and will be in effect for two(2) hours ( Example: this feature will display from 50-52 hrs., 100-102 hrs., 150-152 hrs etc...). While the LCD is displaying the "CHG"/"OIL"/TIME letters, the red LED "oil symbol" will also be flashing for the entire five(5) minutes. The meter display will return to normal function automatically after the reminder maintenance time interval of two(2) hours.There is no method of manually re-setting this Service Monitor gauge.
This monitor was released in 2004, due time to check for bad caps with bulging top in the power supply, post back waht you see so we can guide you further, see example of failed monitors due to bad caps: http://s807.photobucket.com/home/budm/allalbums
It could be your LCD backlight giving you problems till it warms up. Turn you computer on and while the monitor is displaying black and the power LED is 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. A 15" LCD monitor is probably not an economically repairable problem unless you have access to really cheap parts and have the skills and tools to do the repair yourself.