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No picture Solid blue light at switch. can not turn off. Changed all swollen caps on both boards but still the same thing.Any Ideas ??? Thanks Mike

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  • tjones29 Jun 22, 2008

    Same Problem. when i first turn it on it is a bright blue light. then fades to a lighter blue. there is not picture and cannot turn off.

  • jim483 Jul 15, 2008

    same problem. When power cord is pluged into outlet the blue light gets real bright and then fades to a dim blue and no picture. Just black screen. This is the Gateway 21 inch FPD2185W same as the one mentioned. Hope there is help for it. Beautiful picture when it was working!! No steps taken yet. I have no idea what to do with it.

  • sagreen Jul 22, 2008

    My monitor is doing the same thing. Is there a way to fix this without having to take the monitor and have it fixed?

  • Shrubs123 Aug 02, 2008

    Same problem no matter what cable is used(DVI, VGA, S-VIDEO, COMPOSITE) Blue light on button goes bright for a second when first pluged in then goes dim and you never get a picture. Gateway support was absolutly no help as of course its out of warrenty.



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Dunno if I'm about to have the same problem. Maybe you guys know...
I went to power it up this morning and it gave me some problems:

I leave my PC on at night, but I turn the monitor off. So this morning I hit the blue button:
The monitor came on for a brief second and then off. You could see my desktop, but it quickly shut off.

I run a PC on the DVI input and another PC on the VGA. I tried switching between the two and it didn't work. The monitor would come up for a split second, and then off. The power switch would eventually go to it's normal standby yellow.

I tried unplugging the power cable for about 15 minutes - no help.

So my last ditch effort: I unplugged EVERYTHING off the monitor - all cables, power, etc...
Waited a few minutes and plugged the DVI back in first and then the power. It came back on.

Am I looking at a permanent failure in the near future? Could it be these capacitors that was previously mentioned?

I don't know if this thing is still under warranty. Probably not.



Posted on Sep 21, 2008

There are 3 screws at the bottom of the unit. Take those out.
At the bottom get a small screwdriver and slowly start to push inbetween the plastic. there are tabs all around the side of the unit. You have to be careful and push in and it will snap open.
There isnt too much cable for the power switch, so you will have to disconnect the cable. this will allow the rest to open up.

Once you do this, 4 screws hold the LCD in place, remove these. Carefully from the bottom pivot the LCD screen. On the right hand side 4 connectors will need to be unplugged and one main cable on the left had side. Be careful not to damage the socket.

There is a metal enclosuer that has to be removed, once done open the top and remove the power board. There are about 12-14 capacitors that if you replace them. The unit should power up.

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I have replace all the capacitors on the power supply board. The cost was around $10 from Newark-one. The unit works ok but never got any USB power, since I dont use that I am set.

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I have this same problem with my monitor. Is there a way I could fix this myself without having to take it and have it fixed?

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