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Monitor goes dark, need info

Sometimes it works fine then other times it just fades to black and will stay that way for an unknown period of time. Heat is not a problem as I keep my computer area very cool. (69-72F). Does this sound like a fly-back problem? Picture is fine otherwise, color and focus are fine it just goes dark now and then. I really want to get this fixed, I hate flat panels! If anyone can give me an idea of roughly what it will cost to fix, and do I take it to a TV repair shop or a computer tech?

Any advice would be appreciated..

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    Cee64E Jun 30, 2009

    Thanx for the answers, folks. I've checked the cable and video card connections.Both are good, I'm using them now on my old 13" monitor. No problems.
    I'm trying to avoid getting a flat panel for several reasons. One is durability vs cost. Flat panels just don't last before they start losing pixels (dead transistors) or the backlight goes dead, usually within 5 years. CRTs can last 20 or more. Another problem with flat panels is resolution. Yes they have wonderful, high resolution panels on the market, but outside the panel's NATIVE resolution they can look like pure ****, CRTs have no native resolution and support the wide variety that I use daily very well. Speed is another factor. Really fast panels (under 5ms) are very expensive and I'm on a budget. I really hate ghosting when playing games or watching movies. My CRT is every bit as fast as my Nvidia Geforce card if not a little faster. CRTs are just better

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You won't be able to see it without taking the back off, but your CRT (picture tube) filament is going out. You could try to wriggle the CRT Tube Socket back on a little tighter then watch it for a while again. The PC Board should also be checked for bad solder connections in the 'hotter' areas. You should however be more open to the flat panels as the give great results and use less power. Let me know if this helps you.

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I was figuring that your VGA cable may be faulty. But, when you said "fade to black", now I'm not sure. Move the cable to see if the display changes and (I'm sure you have done this !) check to be certain that the cable is tightly connected to the PC port. There is a slight chance that your VGA port on your PC is faulty. Before you repair/replace anything, be certain that your monitor is the problem by testing with someone else's VGA (not USB) monitor.

Quite honestly, I have not had a monitor repaired - usually dispose of them (safely). Check with local agencies (incl.Goodwill) who repair PCs to see if they repair monitors, including replacement VGA cables. Good luck

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