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How do I open it to look inside? - X2Gen MG19MY 19" LCD Monitor

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  • f_riding Nov 18, 2009

    I know i'm going to wear rubber gloves. I think its a capacitator problem.

  • f_riding Nov 19, 2009

    Yes I have a nice pair of safety goggles to go with my rubber gloves that are really quite fetching...

    I would like to point out that the monitor has NOT been in use for over six months. Therefore the risk of electric shock from the charges should be at a minimum.

    Also I will only be changing only the blown or leaking (spent) capacitors and will do so with extreme care to prevent any of the unwanted explosions you refer to.

    I have researched this procedure thoroughly and carried out my own risk assessment, but would NOT recommend anybody else trying to open up their monitors themselves due to risk of serious injury, maiming or indeed death.

    To clarify, I do this at my own peril and should anything terrible happen then I will have nothing to blame except for my own stupidity and stubbornness in not wanting to fork out another 200 bucks on a new LCD monitor.

    Thanks for your help and your time.

  • f_riding Nov 20, 2009

    ...anyway job done. It was easy. I Changed 3 small capacitors which cost 50 pence (around 30 cents) each and the monitor is working like it?s brand new. So, in total, it cost me in total £1.50 to fix as opposed say £100 (conservative estimate) for a new monitor. I feel that I have saved not only money but also the environment as it would have only ended up in the, ever expanding, monitor graveyard.

    My question is: why don?t LCD monitors come with serviceable parts? I mean £100 - £200 for a new one isn?t chicken feed (especially in these times), also it seems to me that there is plethora of broken monitors lying around which could easily be refurbished, yet aren?t. Is it merely a safety issue? Or could it be down to the manufactures wanting more money from more purchases. I know what my money is on...

    Anyway don?t try this at home kids unless you are an expert in changing capacitors which I certainly am NOT.

    Fran

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    Project NOMAD May 11, 2010

    . I can attest to over a year for an HV large cap holding enough charge to cause damage to metal objects. Many individuals do these types of repair with no real harm but there are those that as you say read info from the net and think its OK to DIY. Best advice is to stay away unless you are QUALIFIED to work inside monitors or other equipment that may use HV. I would recommend Joecool's extensive and careful advice without hesitation for anyone contemplating such work unless that person is willing to take on ALL risks.

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    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    I appreciate your being safety conscious, (Really!) My other concern here is not only you, but possibly people around the world that might view this problem. When someone 'Googles' information off of the internet, this problem/solution could come up in one of the search hits. Your problem, and any subsequent solutions, will be here for years. Another person comes along, uses the information provided, opens the monitor, and could receive a Bad Shock, or Fatal one, if no safety advice is given. Also be aware that capacitors are designed to hold a charge, then suddenly release it all at once. They can hold a charge for Weeks, sometimes MONTHS, after power is removed from the electronics device! Wear a face shield also. Really! Not playing! When Electrolytic Capacitors are failing they develop Hydrogen Gas. The Electrolytic Paste inside the 'Cap' does this. If the Caps are not PROPERLY discharged before working on the unit, there is not only a chance of Shock, but also a chance one or more capacitors could Explode! (Using a metal screwdriver to discharge Caps, can get you melted pieces of steel in your face! This is Not the proper way to discharge Caps) Thank you, and BE SAFE!

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    You don't. There are high voltages used inside, hence the No User Serviceable Parts warning. It's a safety issue.

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First, lay the tv/monitor on its screen on something level and soft as not to damage the screen. Remove any visible screws that seem to attach the base to the unit. Some models you have to look under the base for pins orso to push together to slide the base from the stand, only then you could reach the 1 screw holding the monitor to the stand....Once stand removed, remove any screws you see holding the monitor casing together, usually only a few screws since they are mostly held together by plastic "clips"...Once screws are removed, then gently insert a flat(screwdriver orso) inbetween the case?housing, repeat this all the way around the case/housing till completely loose....You will prob have a few wires or maybe a ground wire that you would have to remove before completely being able to seperate both sides(front case, back case)..Sometimes you might have to unscrew and remove the skinny washer/nut around the cable input orso..
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