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Flickering switch light, blank screen

The power button is sunken into the monitors case. The monitors power light switch blinks constantly, and the screen is blank. I need to open the case, and do not see any locking tabs. There are two scoop like looking thing amjigs at the bottom. Are these for entry to the case?

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Re: flickering switch light, blank screen

You must be kidding, how can I fix the goddamed monitor???

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Re: flickering switch light, blank screen

Hi, First of all it is not advisable to open up monitors without proper tools as they contain hazardous elements. Dell monitors however do have a 3 year SEPARATE warranty. Check on the back of the monitor and look for the monitor serial number. is should start with CN-xxxxx-,, or JP-XXXXX-. give that to a dell tech and they should be able to replace that.

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