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About the VL2018W (BLACK) Monitor soultion you posted

Could you please explain what the 3-470UF 25v capacitors are. Did you experience the same prob w/ your monitor (blank screen w/ "no signal" mesg)? And replacing these capacitors solved the prob? I'd really aprecaite your response. Thank you.

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  • atlantaboy Oct 15, 2008

    I replaced all five (5) capacitors with 470uF capacitor before I realized that two of them are 1000uF capacitors. Can someone tell me the location by number of the 1000uF capacitors.




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You need to replace 6 capacitors on the power supply board. Princeton uses CapXon brand capacitors which last about 1 to 2 years before going bad. CapXon are extremely poor quality capacitors, saving Princeton 10 to 20 cents per monitor.
This is the list of capacitors you need to replace. If they aren't bad now, they will be.
qty 2: 1000uF, 10V (DigiKey 565-1646-ND)
qty 3: 470uF, 25V (DigiKey 565-1677-ND)
qty 1: 470uF, 10V (DigiKey 565-1643-ND)

You can get United Chemi-Con replacements at DigiKey. The DigiKey stock number is listed on the above list. Since DigiKey didn't have stock on the 470uF, 10V at the time I ordered, I substituted a 680uF, 10V (DigiKey 565-1644-ND) which is a larger diameter, but will fit in the area provided.

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There are only three 470 uF capacitors. Two of them are 1000 uF.

Now the question is, which two? I saw this post and took out C241, C244 and C263 before noticing that two of the three are not 470...

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1. I found that Digi-Key sent CapXon caps with the given stock numbers.

2. I have 4 #2018 monitors, 2 of which I have rehabbed the power card. They still had the "out of frequence" (Princeton's spelling) message when brought up in other than vga mode, so I am thinking that when receiving the "frequency" error message, before replacing the caps one should fix the frequency mode to 60hz by using the MS DirectX Diagnogtic tool "dxdiag" (which was on my XP installs) and check your monitor--this overrides the prevailinig refresh rate and I hope solves the freq problem. My 2 pcs both have nVidia graphic software and no obvious way to fix the freq permanently. Here is the tip for dxdiag: "what you have to do is run dxdiag at the cmd prompt, the microsoft direct-x diagnostic tool. goto 'more help'. click on the last button, which says, "click on this button to override direct draw's refresh rate". put the number 60 into the box"

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There are actually five 470 uF 25v capacitors on the power supply. I replaced all of them and my monitor turns on...even shows picture. I think i have a bad transistor as well considering my colors aren't blending. I notice the "squeal" coming from the transistor, so that's what i figure is the problem. it is possible that i need to replace the other caps on the PS as well.

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Can changing 3 capacitors on motherboard solve my problem?

We had a power surge and my VL2018W LCD monitor stopped working... blank screen and flashing blue light.

I carefully opened up the back and found the power board (the one the AC plug goes into). There were about 5 electrolytic capacitors that were bulging (but not ruptured). There were 3 with the values listed by the original poster (470uF @ 25V) and 2 with 1000uF @ 10V.

I scrounged a couple of 2200uF@10V caps for the last two and bought 3 470uF @ 35V caps from Radio Shack (P/N 272-1030).

Luckily, the monitor came right back up and seems to be OK. It was out of warranty, so there wasn't a big risk.

Just increasing the working voltage won't do that much for you. If any caps are bad, just replacing them with the same value is good enough, but a higher working voltage won't hurt (usually means a bigger cap).

Good luck.


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