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Monitor Will not come on anymore

After reviewing the blog, i appear to have the same problem as other with my monitor. It was bought from Best Buy and after the warranty expired it no longer works and no one from Gateway will help me. I need to know if i can send it somewhere to be repaired or if it is even worth fixing. Please help.

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  • Hwy61 Jan 31, 2008

    same problem here nothing lights up but the blue light ... shut it off and restart and the monitor lights up for a few seconds hums and then black with just the blue power light left... 1 1/2 years and out of warranty. is this one of those learning situations or can this thing be repaired. seems obvious that this is not an isolated incident Gateway is the Willy Loman of the computer industry.

  • TheNerd Feb 17, 2008

    I and many many many others like you have the same problem. The suggested solution is to replace the capacitors on the board. (look for the "blotted" ones). This may be too complicated for most and should NOT cost more than $75. BOTTOM line: DON'T BUY THIS MONITOR AND DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM GATEWAY!

  • ITMedic Feb 28, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my GW LCD. When I plug it it all I get is a flashing blue light on the power button, sometimes after about 15-20 seconds it will just turn solid blue. There is no picture at all on the display. I have heard about replacing the capacitors on the board, does anyone have any additional info on this repair? I am interested in where to get the needed parts and any pictures you may have. Thanks in advance!

  • apb111 Mar 02, 2008

    Same problem. Blue power light blinks, then goes steady with nothing
    but a black screen. I called Gateway and was also told "out of
    warranty", they do not fix, and the CSR guy told me to just throw it
    out! Unreal!!!!

    Can someone explain what the capacitors are and what "blotted ones" means. I have already taken it apart but a little confused on what your referring to.

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2008

    Same Problem - sounds like time to throw it away

  • chuckkenlein Mar 17, 2008

    the monitor doesn't come on at all. It used to come back on if i rebooted, but only for a few minutes and now the only thing it does, is leave the blue light on. That blue button goes on and off by itself. I'm not sure what the problem is?

  • tomcolor May 10, 2008


    I have the same probem. When powering up the blue power light will come on and then flicker once or twice and turn off.

    Nothing will happen after that.



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Hi all,
here is an update, I had the capacitors ordered at a german online store CONRAD @10$ and did the replacement within 1.5 hrs today.
Guess what, the piece is working just fine after that. Actually, I am using it right now writing the very comment.
Please note, this is a single layer board so even an unexperienced person can do it if you are familiar with the principles. (If you have never done any soldering job, it's probably a challenge and you should consider looking for someone else to do it for you)

Good luck

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I had the same problem. The monitor stopped working. The light came on and nothing.


I fixed it.

It takes patience and skill.

e-mail me at and I will help you through it. Or if you have the monitor and no time, I might buy it from you.

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I and many many many others like you have the same problem. The suggested solution is to replace the capacitors on the board. (look for the "blotted" ones). This may be too complicated for most and should NOT cost more than $75. BOTTOM line: DON'T BUY THIS MONITOR AND DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM GATEWAY!

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