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Removing front bezel of Dell 1907FP monitor to repair stuck power button

My power button is stuck in and I cannot turn on the monitor. Can you better describe the method you used to remove the front bezel from the Dell 1907FP LCD monitor? You said it was quite a challenge to do. Is there a tab that gets pressed in to release the cover? Any more details on how to do this would be appreciated. Once I get the cover off, I will examine the power button and see what is broken. Also, do the 5 buttons come loose once the cover is removed or do they stay attached? Thanks for your help.

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  • dbarnes Jun 21, 2008

    The videos did not apply to the Dell 1907FP monitor. Removing the case is more difficult on that monitor than those shown on the videos.

  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2008

    how do you remove the front bezel onthe 1907FPt monitor

  • sorgmills Jun 27, 2008

    My power button is stock. How do you remove the front bezel from the 1907fpt monitor and get into the thing to fix it? and can you tell me where I can get a service manual.

    Thanks Lots

    Steve

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    We have the same problem with the same exact monitor 1907fpc Flat Panel. My husband used a plastic putty knife and a butter knife to pry off the vented panels on the rear and the front facing around the screen. The buttons are a separate piece not and molded into the facing. The buttons themselves are all molded together into one long bar, the actual power button is molded a little different from the rest, there is a light directly behind the power button so when you press it there should be TINY rounded plastic tab on the left side that is supposed to press on the acutual power chip panel. this tab is what is broken on ours and fell out when taken apart. (VERY CHEAPLY MADE!! as we only turn on our computer about twice a month!) I do not know if dell provides a replacement part? we are in the process of trying to finding this out. Any additional info this is apprectiated!!!

    if not we are going to have to jerry rig something or throw it out and get an Acer.

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ThndrChld's suggestions are great but way too complicated. all you need is a flat head screwdriver. the front bezel/frame/whateveryoucallit can be removed without taking the backside off at all.
the reason the power button gets "stuck" is because it is set off centered from the sensor on the chip underneath it and it relies on a little protruding arm to press down on the sensor...this arm has broken off. button is not really "stuck." its a stupid design flaw by dell or whoever they contracted to make the monitor.
take the screwdriver and just stick it into the seams along the side of the front frame (black frame) and wrench side to side, twist your wrist, etc, to open. you will hear creaking and cracking but thats ok and doesnt damage the monitor at all (though you may create scratches and dents in your casing), its just the clips and snap ins coming loose.
here is a shot of it opened. the chip is held in by 3 very small screws. there is nothing you can do about the power button being broken.
(see this pic shows only front frame is pried open, nothing else) Removing front bezel of Dell 1907FP monitor to rep - 1086a3b.jpg

the way i circumvented this broken power button is to drill a hole directly through the bezel/frame to the chip itself. i turn on my monitor now with a toothpick (i dont suggest using a paper clip as i first did in this shot, it will scratch up the metal on the chip). you can see where the paper clip is inserted and shows that the sensor on the chip is offset from the power button.
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do this or take it into a shop and pay money =). who cares about a nasty looking front bezel, at least my monitor still works.



Posted on Apr 07, 2009

  • Kevin Thompson Oct 27, 2010

    Worked like a charm. Did not even pry it apart, just drilled a hole by the power button and problem solved. No scratches or anything. Great solution.

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I can help you with this. We had the same problem here, and I spent a few minutes studying up on it. Here is the method that worked for me with no damage to the monitor:

You will need:
1 Pair of Needle-nosed Pliers
1 Small flat blade screwdriver
1 Medium Phillips screwdriver
1 Tiny Phillips screwdriver
Patience
A heart of gold.

1. remove the stand from the back of the monitor. There should be four screws and a button. Use all five.

2. Place a towel or other soft cloth on your desk, and lay the monitor face-down on it.

3. Using your needle-nosed pliers, pull up on the black plastic vents closest to the center of the montor. There is a snap right below it, and pulling here will dislodge it without breaking it.

4. Again with the pliers, pull up about 1/2 inch towards the center from where the black section curves. Repeat for both curves.

5. Carefully slide the black plastic section up and away from the back of the monitor. You may need to wiggle it.

6 Reapeat steps 3-5 for the other black plastic vent panel.

7. Turn the monitor so the screen is facing up.

8. Around the newly exposed joints, look into the sides of the monitor. You should see that the front bezel is held in place by small clips on the grey plastic portion. Gently dislodge these clips with your flat bladed screwdriver. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE FRONT BEZEL!

9. The unexposed side of the bezel are held in place with clips that are a little bit more hardcore. Beginning with an exposed corner, gently pull the grey plastic away from the black plastic bezel using your flat blade screwdriver. AGAIN, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE FRONT BEZEL YET! Be careful near the button panel. it is attatched to the inside of the monitor by a thin, fragile cable with no slack. When dislodging, come in from the other side if you have trouble with it.

10. Once you have dislodged all around the front bezel, flip the monitor screen-down again, and life the grey plastic portion off.

11. Disconnect the usb hub connector. Just pull it out of the end closest the center of the monitor.

12. Remove all the phillips screws surrounding the central faraday shield (the big metal thing).

13. Remove the stand-offs from the ports (Where the screws on the vga, dvi, etc cables screw in near the ports)

14. Slide the shield toward the bottom (when standing) of the monitor

15. Follow the silver flat cable from the front bezel and disconnect it from the logic board. It should connect near the dvi port. Lift up on the black bar from both sides CAREFULLY! It should only move about 1/32" Pull the cable out. Remove the cable from all the metal clips in the chasis.

16. Turn the monitor over and lift off the front bezel. Mind the cable!

17. Remove the four screws holding the button panel to the front bezel. Carefully remove it.

18. Curse at the crappy design of the front bezel.

19. Realize that you have a heart of gold and set about finding another way to fix it.


Most of these are caused when a small plastic tab breaks off from the button itself. There's not a whole lot you can do about it, other than drilling a hole in the back of the case, and installing a new switch with leads soldered to the contacts for the tactile power switch.

Good luck!

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

  • OOBADD Dec 14, 2010

    I drilled a small hole in the front, (where the broken tab would be) use a plastic q-tip (cotton tip cut off) to push in on the power chip. Remove power chip pannel before drilling.

  • John J Martin Aug 14, 2012

    Thanks for this info. I repair LCD monitors for charity, replacing bad electrolytic capacitors. So far I have fixed over 50% of the monitors I have been given. I'm not sure I would have been able to open this one up without these instructions.

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I didn't take the case apart at all. Using the info kaitanium supplied above (thanks!),
I simply drilled a small hole directly between the power button and the + button.
I now switch the monitor on & off with a toothpick.
I would advise this method if your power button seems to be stuck (it isn't, it's broken off inside) as it saves you scatching the buttons/case and the hole is not noticable at all. Pick a drillbit that's just big enough for a toothpick to fit through and only apply a tiny amount of pressure to the drill. The plastic case is very thin so be ready to stop the drill immediately.
Oh and for the hard of learning... Unplug the monitor first. :)

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    James Pickett Jul 10, 2014

    Worked for me - thank you! Note that the hole needs to be closer to the power button than the + button to work with a straight push, as the bit that did the work before was on the edge of the power button. Once the monitor is working, leave it on, as it will go to standby automatically when the computer if off or hibernating.

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Gently pry the side of the bezel screen apart and slide a guitar pick along the edges to carefully release the plastic tabs - remove front cover. The front bottons have a cicuit card taped to the bezel. Remove the black tape and lift up on the circuit board to remove from bezel.

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It is not the same. they are assembled differently. there are no screws on the back corners of the monitor to take it apart. it all seems to be one piece, and more difficult to take apart.

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Although it is not the exact model the procedure is the same.

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I also encountered this widespread problem. My solution may not help those of you who want to do your own repairs, but it worked for me. On the advice of my local computer people, I took it into a tv repair place, who deal with monitors all the time - should have thought of that. The tech said he was able to fix it without ordering a part. Cost was $85 - just labor.

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