My Gateway system is about 5 years old. The 17" monitor FPD1730 monitor has produced a perfect display for all of this time. No dead pixels. No fading of colors or light. Crisp and clearimage. No issues at all.
Yesterday morning the display quietly and quickly shut off. The screen went to solid black. The green light stayed on, steady. No noise, smoke or other disturbances accompanied the stoppage of the display.
I hooked up an old monitor to my computer. Even used the same, undisturbed cables. Came on fine. No problems.
I tried moving the "bad" monitor to another computer. Green light, no display.
I contacted Gateway technical support, but all they said was "sounds like a bad monitor." Really!? Wow, I was so underwhelmed with their technical knowledge. As if I didn't know the monitor was "bad." What I wanted to know was, what causes a problem like THIS one!
I've done some reading about repairing monitors, but before I attempt anything, I'd like to know more.
Any ideas on what has beset this poor beast?
I picked up a FPD1730 monitor for free which was just sitting out in my apartment hallway. I suspected something was wrong and sure e**ugh there was ** backlight, but I could see faint video when I shined a flashlight on it.
A quick Google search of the inverter model # led me to a German forum which suggested replacing the fuse labeled "F1" on the inverter board. I don't have a matching fuse on hand but I bridged the connection with a wire and sure e**ugh the backlight came back on. Short-circuiting like this is definitely **t 100% safe but if you can find a 4A fuse then it's a really cheap and quick fix.
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Re: Green Light, no Display - Gateway FPD1730
It could be your LCD backlight giving you problems. With the computer on and the monitor power LED green shine a flashlight in the lower left hand corner of your screen. Look for the ?Start? button, if your backlight is not working you?ll see a faint ?start? button if you look closely. Depending on the monitor this is usually and economically repairable problem. Let us know if you have any other questions and please don?t forget to rate this posting.
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What has happened is part of your back lighting circuitry has gone out. Yes it is repairable but can cost most of what a replacement monitor will cost these days. Check that out before spending the money. If the problem is only in the back lighting circuit then expect to spend about $100 for a replacement board.
LCD monitors lifespan depends on the quality. Normal use and you should get 2-3 years of reliable service minimum. The display itself is good for about 4000 or so hours of use or more. The problems that show up are always (well 99.99% of the time) are back lighting problems like you have experienced. You should turn it off by the switch when not using it as every hour it runs the screen save is an hour of usable life. Heat is not good for it so if your computer gets the dust cleaned out to keep it cool do the monitor at the same time. Once a year at least more if you smoke use gas heat and have pets.
Tube monitors have a much longer life but you have the size weight and poorer display to go with them. If you have to go back to a tube monitor don't go back to your 14 ask around and you should be able to get a 17 or 19 crt for free. Or expect to pay no more than $10-20 for one.