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Monitor won't come on. it blinks with a light and then goes off.

The monitor would start blinking on and off. If I turned off my computer it would fix it for awhile. but now that doesn't work either. The monitor power light blinks on and off as well.

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You have shorted transistors (c5707) in the inverter circuits, also need to check for poor solder joints and the tuning caps in the inverter transformers driving section.
Most common failures in the LCD monitors are bad capacitors (bulging top/seal or leaking) in the power supply, blown fuses, failed inverter circuits (blown fuse, shorted transistors, shorted/open transformers), bad lamps (poor solder connections or worn out lamps). You will need to open it up and inspect the inside, see example of failed DELL monitors to get some ideas what to look for: http://s807.photobucket.com/home/budm/allalbums
Post back what you see inside so we can guide you further and it will help out other people in the future also.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague
http://www.badcaps.net

Replacement bd. www.lcdrepair.us
Service manuals: http://elektrotanya.com/?q=showresult&megnev=dell&megnev2=%20e173fp&kategoria=&kat2=all

Posted on May 29, 2010

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