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Are there early warning signs that an LCD monitor is about to die?

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If an LCD monitor is going to die soon, then does it just suddenly die without any early warning signs whatsoever? Or are there some early warning signs that could provide me enough time to shop for and purchase a new one? If there are, then what are these warning signs?

 

At present, my Samsung 2253BW is still working just as well as it did when it was brand new in April of 2008, so I'm not worried right now. The reason why I'm asking is, I just suddenly realized that it will be 8 years old in April of 2016 and I don't have a backup if this one were to suddenly die on me. Seriously, if it dies, then that's it: no more computer for me until I buy a new monitor.

 

Should I try to save up for a new monitor ASAP? Or do I have nothing to worry about right now since I'm not experiencing any problems at all with my 2253BW?

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Signs a LCD is about to die:

1) LCD liquid background gets distorted randomly and starts 'melting' as if there were water behind the screen, when in normal desktop usage at native resolution.

But please note: some old video cards using strange timings in low res (VGA era) resolutions can cause this. I can make my VG248QE do this by trying to boot to a MS DOS USB boot disk every few boots on my ATI X850XT, over the single link DVI-I port. If I get a valid screen without the image melting, the VG248 says its 1280x1024@60hz. One time I had the asus report 6429x360 !!!

The Benq XL2720Z does not even like the signal and just goes into power save mode on the BIOS or DOS screen (can't see boot screen). The Benq works perfectly with a VGA to DVI adapter and using the VGA plug on the Benq to that DVI port, or if I use the VGA port on the X850. I know that's just a timing issue as the Benq works *perfectly* in MS DOS/Bios screen on my old Geforce Ti 4600 through its DVI-I single link port directly (and reports 1920x1080@60hz on the benq OSD, even though it's 640x480 screen).

2) backlight starts dimming massively or cutting off

3) Pixels start dying or getting stuck

4) popping sounds, monitor shuts off and orange standby LED starts flashing off and on, etc.
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Side note: You can use your pc without a screen using remote desktop

In the past I've had experiences of my display drivers crashing. Pull out the cell phone and connect to my pc and send shutdown -r command over prompt to restart.
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I would start saving for a new monitor now but wait until your current monitor starts to act up or dies before buying a new one.
     
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I would start saving for a new monitor now but wait until your current monitor starts to act up or dies before buying a new one.

 

But like I said, if this one dies on me, then that's it: no more computer for me until I buy a new monitor. You see, I'd prefer to avoid buying a monitor from some local store because where I live, I'd be limited to the big box stores like Best Buy. So I guess I'm answering my own question: start saving up, buy one, and then store the 2253BW in my closet as a backup.

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Two cables is there no microcenter near your location
 
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I have an older Samsung 226BW and the common issue that plagues these is that the capacitors go bad. I had to buy some replacements (sites sell kits for them as it's a common issue) and open up the monitor to remove and solder in the new ones. I'm guessing the internals are very similar to the 2253BW as they have very similar specs. You can find Youtube videos showing the fix.

The warning sign I got was that when I went to turn on the monitor it would take longer and longer to display video. At first it was a few seconds, but it was getting to be about 2 minutes when I did the fix. I've heard of some people having it takes 30+ minutes if they take too long to replace the capacitors.

Repair kits usually run around $15 or you can buy capacitors yourself at an electronic store if you actually know what you're looking for. I didn't, so I just bought the kit to replace them and it's been working flawlessly again for 2 years.
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Speaking of dying monitors, I'm a bit worried about on of my Samsungs. Sometimes it will shut off completely as if the power's been cut, but I tested it with the PSUs from my other two monitors and still got the issue. I know it's not the connector.

My problem is that if one of them dies, I'll have to buy three new ones (I'm a bit anal about the monitors being identical). Although it's been like that for a few years now, so I'm hoping that it stays that way.

I also have an old LCD that goes out of standby, but refuses to show anything except for the Acer logo. So I suppose that could also be a sign that it's time to replace it (it started out as an intermittent issue).
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...My problem is that if one of them dies, I'll have to buy three new ones (I'm a bit anal about the monitors being identical)...

You aren't the only one to feel that way. I do too. I've considered getting a fourth monitor for a spare but, besides being a bit expensive, I don't really have room to store it and it kinda galls me to let the warranty run out without it getting used.

@ TwoCables. If you have only one computer, you may be faced with an equally dire situation if the computer itself goes out. You may want to look into getting a laptop or notebook computer to keep handy as a spare should either your monitor or desktop computer goes south. That will keep you connected until you can deal with the situation.

If you decide to get a new monitor now (once you have saved up for it, that is), I would suggest using it as soon as you get it and save the old one as a spare. That way, if the new monitor fails prematurely, you will have a better chance of getting it replaced under warranty.
     
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If an LCD monitor is going to die soon, then does it just suddenly die without any early warning signs whatsoever? Or are there some early warning signs that could provide me enough time to shop for and purchase a new one? If there are, then what are these warning signs?

At present, my Samsung 2253BW is still working just as well as it did when it was brand new in April of 2008, so I'm not worried right now. The reason why I'm asking is, I just suddenly realized that it will be 8 years old in April of 2016 and I don't have a backup if this one were to suddenly die on me. Seriously, if it dies, then that's it: no more computer for me until I buy a new monitor.

Should I try to save up for a new monitor ASAP? Or do I have nothing to worry about right now since I'm not experiencing any problems at all with my 2253BW?

Not sure what to say thats not said, but I'll send you mine. Afterall, someone might blow their system due to crappy PSU's if you aren't around to help them. tongue.gif
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