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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

 

Wait... are you serious? eek.gif

 

Not that it matters at all, but what do you have?

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I have a spare one lying here doing nothing. Sony SDM-E96D. Looks sophisticated, but its not HD:
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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.

Thanks - that is handy to know as caps blown are quite visual and a bit of soldering is hardly rocket science

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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?

You could always use a HDMI / TV in a emergency thumb.gif
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Yeah bad caps are the #1 reason that monitors go bad, followed by the good old panel-shattering nerdrage. Somewhere in between lie the issues of bad cables and bad power supplies, but those are removeable parts so I don't really count them.

Point is, you can almost always fix your "broken" monitor for just a few bucks, so long as the reason it is broken isn't because you've physically destroyed the LCD (you could replace that too, but the cost isn't worth it. might as well just upgrade to something new at that point).

I really wouldn't worry about preemptively purchasing a spare screen. Seems incredibly wasteful really. It would be like buying a second CPU
just in case". By the time you actually need it (if ever), it will likely be obsolete and deprecated in cost, so you will have just wasted a bunch of money buying it early, wasted space storing it, and at the end of the day you're still sitting on an old device instead of just buying whatever far-superior modern counterpart you could find for the same price.

Now, that said, multiple monitor setups are rather nice, so if you are still paranoid about it, you can knock out two birds with one stone, so to speak, and upgrade to a nice dual/tri monitor setup, which will happen to give you some nice redundancy as a side effect.
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May I ask,
How do you replace backlights that go dim with age/time?
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I have a spare one lying here doing nothing. Sony SDM-E96D. Looks sophisticated, but its not HD:

 

Hmm. Zero4549 is making a good point about storage space... One of the reasons for not having any more than what I have in my sig rig is that I don't exactly have any good places to put anything extra right now. I could tolerate having something extra sitting around collecting dust if I really really really really really really needed to, but I'd strongly prefer not to. lol

 

We'll see. So far, my monitor seems to be working just as well as it did on the day that I bought it. Although, I can hear a little bit of a hum when I suddenly dim the brightness from 100 to around 10, especially if my room is cold. I don't know what to make of that though.

 

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Yeah bad caps are the #1 reason that monitors go bad, followed by the good old panel-shattering nerdrage. Somewhere in between lie the issues of bad cables and bad power supplies, but those are removeable parts so I don't really count them.

Point is, you can almost always fix your "broken" monitor for just a few bucks, so long as the reason it is broken isn't because you've physically destroyed the LCD (you could replace that too, but the cost isn't worth it. might as well just upgrade to something new at that point).

I really wouldn't worry about preemptively purchasing a spare screen. Seems incredibly wasteful really. It would be like buying a second CPU
just in case". By the time you actually need it (if ever), it will likely be obsolete and deprecated in cost, so you will have just wasted a bunch of money buying it early, wasted space storing it, and at the end of the day you're still sitting on an old device instead of just buying whatever far-superior modern counterpart you could find for the same price.

Now, that said, multiple monitor setups are rather nice, so if you are still paranoid about it, you can knock out two birds with one stone, so to speak, and upgrade to a nice dual/tri monitor setup, which will happen to give you some nice redundancy as a side effect.

 

If I bought a monitor right now, then it would have to be a permanent replacement. That is, my 2253BW would become the backup monitor just in case.

 

I don't have enough room for more than one monitor unless I get rid of my extremely useful desk hutch - which I'll never do. Plus, I personally have no need or desire for a multi-monitor setup.

 

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May I ask,
How do you replace backlights that go dim with age/time?

 

You can usually find a YouTube tutorial video that shows how to do this for your monitor.

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