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What kind of a power cord do i need for my princeton minitore VL173?

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It should be the same as used by your PC, NEMA5-15P to IEC C13. Try that.
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Sounds like the trouble may be in trusting the auto-set defaults. If you haven't already, try setting the horizontal and vertical settings manually and see if it helps. Those adjustments should be easy to find, and if that will solve the issue, it will be a very simple fix. I hope this helps. -Steve

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The power supply for my Princeton Monitor, Model VL1916, S/N WCCE4307992 has gone bad. How do I get a replacement?

THe AC adapter (power supply) for my Princeton VL173 went bad. I discovered it was the PS and not the display by plugging in an old adapter from an HP printer that I had replaced. The input plugs matched and the power out profiles were nearly identical Only very minor differences). It was just a stab in the dark, but it works! Now my display is 12 years old and still going strong. I hope this helps.

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My Princeton vl173 17" flat panel flashes yellow

Hi Joann.

I'm not cetain, but it sounds as if you are referring to the power-on indicator light near the on button. It should be indicating the staus of the monitor -- whether it is turned on or off, whether it is receiving a signal from the PC, etc. When it is off, and not on stand-by, that light should go out. If not, you can pull the power supply plug from the display and it will go out.

If you are referring to the display itself, and not to the power supply, then it is a matter of tracking down the issue. Did you make any recent changes to the system? Is this an issue that began suddenly, recently, or gradually? It is possible that there is some reason why the drivers and video card software have been changed, or are beng interefered with. You can attempt to check to see if the correct system video (monitor) drivers for your system are in place. Also, if you are using a PCI video card, like an nVidia card (mine is an nVidia 8800 GT), make sure your nVidia software is the most recent latest version.

It is likely that your video card manufacturer has the latest drivers/software available for free on their website. Locate, download, and install, then configure.

It doesn't really sound like a power supply issue, but you can check that too. Find (or borrow) a differnt power supply. You need one with the same input plug as your display. Also, check the power output profile (specs) on your monitor's AC adapter (power supply). It may say something like "Output: 12 volts, 4 amps". Find another "known good" power supply that has the same, or almost idenitical power output rating (like 12 vots, 3.5 amps). It should be very close. The voltage must be the same. If you try it and it solves the trouble, it was the power supply! If so, then just tell the person you borrowed your temporary power supply from that the dog ate it (just kidding).

To see if there is a driver error indicated in your hardware manager:

Right click on My Computer. Select "Properties", then "Hardware", then "Device Manager." If you do not have the correct video/monitor drivers in place, there may be an indicator in that list (like a yellow mark with an exclamation point inside) indicating you need a new/correct driver installed for that component.

I hope that helps.


Mar 30, 2011 | Princeton Digital VL173 Monitor

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I have an old Princeton VL 173 that I had been using with an old computer running Windows XP Pro. It works fine. Got a computer with an Asus MB and a Intel Core 2 Quad running Windows 7 Home Premium...

It sounds like a driver/software issue. When you ran the Princeton VL173 on XP you probably had all the correct software for your video card and the correct drivers to support your video output. When you changes OS to Windows 7, the XP drivers are no longer in place. My best guess is that you need to find and install the correct drivers for your system video and for your video card that are Windows 7 compatible. The old XP drivers will not work in Windows 7.

I am running XP with a Princeton VL173. It works great. I identified the correct video drivers for my system and installed them. My video card is nVidia 8800GT. I downloaded and installed the latest software from nVidia and installed it. It runs like a champ.

Several months ago my display died. It was just blank -- black. I tried using a power supply (AC adapter) from an old HP printer that died, and it worked! The plugs were identical, and the power output profiles were very nearly identical. It has been rinnung great for many months now.

I hope this helps.


Dec 29, 2010 | Princeton Digital VL173 Monitor

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Princeton VL173 monitor (12V 4A) only stays on momentarily

Sounds as if you may be dealing with a power supply (AC Adapater) issue. I had one go out on my Princeton VL173. I wasn't sure whether it was the PS or the display that went back. One day it just went black.

I had a hard time trying to find a replacement power supply. Out of desperation I used an old AC adapter (power supply) from an old HP printer that died. It had the same plug, and the power output profile was very nearly identical.Oddly enough, it worked! It has been trouble free for many months now. And it fit within my budget. (free!)

If the power output profile on the HP adapter was not so very close -- almost identical -- I'm not sure I would have done it. Also, it may be that the two power supplies are not intended to be interchanged. But I can tell you that from my experience it has worked out great so far, and it has been a lot of daily use for a long time.

I hope this helps.


Dec 18, 2010 | Princeton Digital VL173 Monitor

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I hooked up a vizio monitor and the same problem occurs as with the princeton. The screen turns to vertical lines of many colors and freezes there.

has to be your grapics card/drivers try updating drivers or making sure your card is installed properly. if nothing helps, your card might be going bad

Dec 03, 2010 | Princeton Digital VL173 Monitor

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I have a Princeton VL173 Monitor and when I switch it on the screen comes up for about 2 seconds then goes blank,and each time I switch it on and off by the monitor it only stays up for a second or two. I...

Would think that this one could be a bad capacitor problem.
The unit is pretty easy to dissasemble, and remove the screen itself from the housing, look at the power board, the main board in the middle of the unit, and see if you see any bulged or leaking capacitors. they look like little beer cans...should be flat on top. If you see any bulged or leaking capacitors, order replacements at and replace them with a soldering iron. Should fix the problem. Bad caps are a very common problem in all kinds of electronics.

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Sounds like the monitor took a power surge. Monitor is probably bad but try hooking up the power to the monitor on a different power outlet and see if it turns on, if not then the monitor is bad and would need to be replaced.

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