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My fpd1830 monitor has been working for about 6 years. But there was a time where i left it in storage for 2 years. I put it back up on my desktop computer and it worked. I then adjusted contrast and brightness to 100 and it has been working for 5 months then I came back from 2 week vacation to find it not displaying anything on the screen. I know that its receiving power because when i plug it in the power button on the monitor turns orange and when pressed again it turns green but nothing is displayed at all on the screen when connected to computer. Not even the small message box that comes in middle of monitor that says something like "source detected" or "source not detected". So can someone please help me out? thanks

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This model has known problem with bad caps on the inverter board, replace all four with one cap (470uF/25V use PANASONIC FM or FC series from DIGIKEY). I fixed about 20 of this model.
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Posted on May 03, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks where do you think I can get the cap and what kind do you reccmnd and is there a tutorial on how to do this? Sorry I'm a begginer at this stuff"

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    I would like to suggest you to get the inverter board out and take it to local repair nshop to have them remove all 4 caps and replace it with one cap (470uF 25Volt, Low ESR type, 105C, they should have this in the shop).

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Baraaosman93, I don't think software is problem. You need to sub-in a known good monitor to prove problem not in your PC!!!!!! Do you know the flashlight test to determine state of monitor switch-mode-power-supply? Because your monitor isn't any different in it's basic design and operation from that of any other brand, I will send you to do some reading at a old Hewlett-Packard (HP) monitor blog. I think it will be very helpful to you. http://www.lesliewong.us/blog/2005/05/02/hp-pavilion-f1703-flat-panel-display-blackout-solution/ Yes you will need to investigate the SMPS board for bad capacitors and or thermally intermittant cold solder joints on the printed circuit board. If not into doing a DIY repair and you don't want to do any reading in my or other fixya tech's profiles, then just trade unit for new one. In any case, do additional comment after doing some research on lcd black and blank n black screen symptoms. Let others who read this know what you did to fix your problem. 12fixlouie

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