Less then 2 yr old flat screen - has died....I believe...

My 17" Gateway flatscreen went blank this morning while I was at meeting. My wife claims she didn't do anything.....that it was blank when she saw it.

It was not in sleep mode, nor was a screen saver on. I noticed the "power button" which is normally green (power up, with computer signal) or amber (powered up w/out signal), would not come on. I attempted to see if any of the adjustments on the side might have been bumped, no effect.
I tested to make sure there was power from the surge protector (switched power outlets after a shut down) to no avail. After my 4th reboot, I subbed in my old monster sized 17" CRT tube monitor, and it works fine. Resolution is different, but it works.....but that pushed the monitor about 2 feet closer to my nose then I would like (it is about 10 inches from my face. )

Did I miss anything as far as testing the monitor before replacing it? I personally think the PSU in the monitor went on the fritz, but I am open to suggestions.

The old CRT is now back ni it's storage area, and the newest LCD screen is up and running.

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Goodhart (author) 9 years ago
UPDATE: the Power supply inside smelled a bit and was quite darkened around 2 transformers, and a capacitor bank......I suspect the power supply got "spiked"....
NachoMahma9 years ago
. If you don't have a pilot light, you may have blown a fuse.
Goodhart (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
You mean an internal fuse I assume? Since all the other perifrials (and the computer itself) being on the same circuit, remained on
. Yeah, internal. And it probably won't look like what you and I are used to. :( May have to look for "F1" printed on the PCB.
Some common shapes are flat red SMT brick with 1x1 or 1x5 etc written on it (the x looks more like 2 overlapping A s) or about 7mm orange part tht looks like ceramic capacitor with similar marks on it
Goodhart (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
I have seen some pretty weird looking fuses already :-) some that look like SM caps, some that look like odd looking transistors...etc. One like this is very common....
Hmm, it looks like a transzorb...
Goodhart (author)  Plasmana9 years ago
well on the outside you can see it is rated for 1/8 AMP (1/8A)
. Ah, the Good Ol' Days. When you could tell it was a fuse from ten feet away in a poorly-lit room. When men were men and women were damn glad of it. When ...
Heh, my friends and I were picking on one IT guy that came to fix something in our classroom. We asked what college he goes to, and he responded: "(College) University, where the men are men, and so are the women."

He seemed strangely serious about the phrase...
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