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Backlight not working

I have a viewsonic va521 and the backlight no longer works. can i replace it?

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  • Louis Ebert Jul 07, 2010

    stuart_38, If you haven't been to YOUTUBE to view some of the longer and more useful video clips of "lcd monitor disassembly" and "lcd monitor repair" , then go there first!!! Remember this!! 98 percent of all lcd desktop monitors use the same basic "lighting technology" to "backlight" the lcd panel. Do your research and then come back here to FIXYA and let us tech's know what you have learned and if you can do the required repair/refurbishment of your unit. If age of unit (4-6years) is problem, you should retire (trade-in) for new wide screen???? Also do some reading in my and "buddymc" and "budmrtn" fixya profiles for more info and links that you will find there. Keep us informed as to what, if anything, you will do. Bye for now. 12fixlouie



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I'm a Master Mechanic with a degree in Automotive Technology and OEM training from Ford, Chevy, Daimler Chrysler, and several other OE and Aftermarket Manufacturers as well as being ASE Certified.
I find it amusing that "it's 4-6 years old, retire for new..." is an acceptiable "FixYa Solution" to a technical REPAIR question.
While it might be good to recommend a newer technology when a given repair is expensive and or challenging, you shouldn't imply that RETIRE IT is a FIX.
If you claim to help people actually FIX things you should provide a complete and accurate procedure for TESTING (as Bud Martin recommended) and PHYSICALLY FIXING the cause of the failure which brought the customer to ask the question.
I came to learn the procedure for testing and repairing the backlight system on a LCD monitor. I learned that I should go to youtube cause FixYa cant help me FIX anything, and the "SOLUTION" is to retire it... I WANT TO FIX IT, AND I WILL.
Kevin R. Phoenix AZ

P.S. Sorry this is not a "Solution". Or is it?

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Are you sure it is the lamps not the backlight/power supply problem?
If you are really good at soldering delicate components and very steady hands, you may be able to do it.

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