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Dead screen How to open fpd2185w Gateway monitor

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  • fotonana Sep 02, 2008

    my screen goes dead also.......blue light in front sometimes flickers, but this is not usually the case.......can't turn it off either. I called Gateway, but was just a couple of days out of warranty.

    I need help.......terriffic monitor otherwise.

    MHerr28553@aol.com

  • lnxu2000 Jan 14, 2009

    We have exactly the same problem for more than 10 pieces of the 70 pieces of this brand/model LCDs that we purchased a year ago. Gateway hired a company (MPC) to provide warranty services, however, MPC totally went out of business recently for bankrupcy. All the warranties are gone, too.

  • Falling star May 11, 2010

    for me its been helpful to place the monitor with base removed on its back with the button facing to sky. and starting on the bottom corner with a small flat screwdriver pry up a corner. I used a black comb to keep it spread without marring it, but if you use 2 screwdrivers you can do the same. Im haveing trouble with the top side and top half though suggestions? (oh and make sure to do this when the plasstic is warm so it will flex a little instead of break!)

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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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Ive found that by lifting from the inside of the 2185 the part next to the screen that it comes up eaiser. you will need a little screwdriver flat to be able to take the on and off cord out of its socket my hands were too big to be able to reach it.

the screen has 4 screws that hold it in on the sides, note that by these screws there are raised plastic round knobs that stableize it. so when you lift it out do it from each side evenly not a tiping manuver.

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change ur inverter

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There's a good chance you have failing electrolytic capacitors either in the power section or the inverter section or both.
Any caps in these sections that look bulged at the top, or bulged/leaking at the bottom need to be replaced.
If you repeatedly turn it off and on, eventually it'll probably stay on, but every time you turn it off, the TV will get harder and harder to start up until one day it just won't.
Sometimes you have to do the opposite to start it up and unplug it for some time and then try again.

If you aren't tech savvy, don't worry, read the rest of this solution and watch the videos.

If you are handy with a soldering iron and can identify the power supply and inverter / FM section for the backlights, an inexpensive handful of capacitors will likely fix you right up.
Match the capacitance on the capacitors. Go over voltage if you can, and still have them fit.
IE - it's not a bad idea to replace a 10V cap with a 16V or 25V or even a 50V, but don't replace a 680uF cap with a 500uF or a 1000uF (unless you are positive it's only doing ripple filtering, and even then, you should go OVER, not under the uF rating).

Most of the caps that go are 10V 1000uF or 3300uF.

I found some great videos of the procedure (for many Samsungs with the same issue) on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm51C_RDIZE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHHrgX_6cs&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l0AUj8QUkg&NR=1&feature=fvwp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7b_nTaZYcU&feature=related

As you can see, this issue spans plasma TVs, as well as large and small LCD TVs and monitors.
The parts are cheap, and skill required is minimal.
I order these parts from www.digikey.com because they are less than a buck a piece, and arrive next day (shiping here is a flat $8 rate, your location may vary)

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