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Dell Flatpanel turns on and off repeatedly

I have a dell flatpanel that turns on and off repeatedly. You never get to see the actual video feed though. Holding the power does nothing, it just continues to blink from green to off. I opened it up and looked around to see if there was anything obvious. I saw a couple larger capacitors (not the one by the entry of AC, but a bit further on, past the transformer on the same board) that were bulging a bit at the top which I thought could mean bad ones. Maybe it caught a power surge? Anyway, I'm not sure if replacing those will fix it so I'm curious if anyone has suggestions.

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  • sect0r0 Nov 09, 2007

    The monitor acts this way even not plugged in to a system, so I'm thinking it is all the monitors problem at this point.

  • sect0r0 Nov 09, 2007

    Replacing whole boards is no fun! I'll try to find the capacitor types first I think and replace those to see if that fixes it. Cool site on that here by the way:http://www.badcaps.net/pages.php?vid=5

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Yeah, try plugging the unit into another computer to see if it's doing the same thing. That will help you to determine if it's the monitor or the video card. Next, see if replacing either the power cable or video cable (I'm assuming you're using the analog and not the digital connection, here...) to see if it might be a pin that's loose, dropping the signal strength enough to lose the feed.

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    Well, that bit of information does make a difference. If it exhibits the same symptom all the time (even when it's got a signal) then it's not a fuse or power surge, it's not detecting the 75ohm feed from the video cable. That means defective circuit board. Sorry to say, but it needs repair/replacing.

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