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MomNEEDShelp

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    Monitor Blew --- WORTH FIXING?
    « on: January 20, 2008, 01:13:27 PM »
    I purchased a Hercules 17" monitor almost 5 years ago. Last year it went totaly black and would not power up. (Price paid about $250-$300 from CompUSA)  I then bought a new 22" monitor for $295 and my PC usage is fine now.  ;D

    I've had the old monitor sitting on top of my bedroom dresser for too long now.

    I am sure I can find a new 17" now for around $200 or less but I hate to toss it. (I have friends that could use a 17")

     My Question:  Does it pay to get it fixed?? 

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      Re: Monitor Blew --- WORTH FIXING?
      « Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008, 03:07:42 PM »
      Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! :D
      REALITY IS A POOR ILLUSION FOSTERED  BY A LACK OF GOOD ALCOHOL - HIC!

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      Re: Monitor Blew --- WORTH FIXING?
      « Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008, 04:04:30 PM »
      ....

      I am sure I can find a new 17" now for around $200 or less but I hate to toss it. (I have friends that could use a 17")

      That's an easy one.
      Give it to those friends.    :)
      Let them decide if it is worth fixing.

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      My Question:  Does it pay to get it fixed?? 

      That depends.
      If you know somebody that can look at it - cheap -  then ok.
      If you're going to have to pay a $100 flat fee or something like that,  then probably not.

      It's a CRT monitor, right?   (like a TV)   not a flat screen, right?
      I'm wondering if a TV repair shop might be cheaper than a computer shop.
      Couldn't hurt to ask around.


      I've always felt that the more "broken" something is, the easier it is to fix.
      And you've said that it is totally dead.    Like - no power at all.   Right?

      I'd start by looking inside for a simple fuse.  If it has one, and if it blew,  that would produce that effect.     A fuse is cheap and easy to replace, and lots of electronic stuff has one.

      But - that's me.     If you take the cover off a CRT monitor (not a flat screen),
      and go poking around,   you need to know ahead of time that there are certain areas in there with very high voltage.     High enough to hurt you if you touch them.

      If it is a blown fuse, the hard part is figuring out why it blew.   If it was a fluke,  then you've got a cheap and easy fix.    If it keeps blowing every time it is replaced,  then you've got potential for a much more time consuming fix.   That means more money.




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        Re: Monitor Blew --- WORTH FIXING?
        « Reply #3 on: January 20, 2008, 04:18:05 PM »
        Thanks so much Willy! Honestly, the more I think of it, the less I want to even try. My dresser needs some free space. (Finally)

        The prices have come down so much that it isn't even worth the effort.

        To answer your questions though....I think it is a CRT although it is thin like the one I recently bought. It is not bulky and box-like if that is what you mean.  (Hercules ProphetView)

        Thanks again ALL!!!!!!!!!






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        Re: Monitor Blew --- WORTH FIXING?
        « Reply #4 on: January 20, 2008, 05:18:15 PM »
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        The prices have come down so much that it isn't even worth the effort.

        You're probably right.
        Sad too.    It's the world we live in....

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        To answer your questions though....I think it is a CRT although it is thin like the one I recently bought. It is not bulky and box-like if that is what you mean.

        That is what I meant.
        CRT is Cathode Ray Tube.      That's a picture tube.   Similar to what an old TV had.

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        (Hercules ProphetView)

        Only did a quick google on that, and it appears to be an LCD,  not a CRT type monitor.
        I don't know much about LCD monitors,  so I can't comment on how to go about fixing it, or if it is worth it.      By the numbers you've used though,  I still doubt it is worth it.










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        Re: Monitor Blew --- WORTH FIXING?
        « Reply #5 on: January 21, 2008, 04:13:06 AM »
        In most cases, it's not worth it.

        But if you can find a cheap general electronics repair shop, they might  be able to fix it. I managed to get one fixed for $10 one time. I'm sure not everyone might be so lucky, but you never know.