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Dell monitor. When i turn my monitor on it flashes off. I can see a faint screen. I googled the problem and it brought up I read one of your posts where you said the lamps had gotten broken. But i couldn't find where to get the lamps online. I am assuming that they are bulbs? If you have a link for that it would be great

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    Monitor shuts off after 2 seconds following power on.


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Sorry for the very long delay, it is just now that I saw your post. In any case should you still be interested, perhaps this may be of help.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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