[SOLVED] Dead Monitor [HP M50 model]

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The repair shop says I need a new power supply in the monitor and there are 3 parts to it.

Is this something I can do myself without specialized training? Is it just like putting a power supply in a computer case? Someone told me that even if the monitor is unplugged & off the inside is still high voltage- true or not?

Has anyone ever done this?

Would you recommend I have them do it ($90) or is it not worth fixing? The monitor is a HP 15" M50 built in 2000. I am wondering if I should do it or have them do it or toss it in the trash. They will only guarantee it 90 days.
 
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You are risking serious injury messing around inside a monitor if you don't know what you are doing. It's a lot more complicated than just popping in a power supply in your PC so just buy a new one.....it will probably cost as much to fix it as to get a new one.
 
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BML... don't take the chance... I bought a refurbished 17" flat Triniton at Ubid.com for $99 plus shipping charges
 
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Risking your life for a 15" monitor? Spending $90 for a 15" monitor? No way on both accounts!

Take SavvyLady's advice and shop for a new 17" or 19" and you will thank us later!

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Don't listen to these guys! Pop that sucker open! How dangerous could it be?! Voltage-Smoltage(Thought we needed a little competition...A little to one-sided)
 
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you won't get a new 17" monitor for $99 in Walmart...

I paid $450 for the last 17' HP monitor I bought
 
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Sorry SavvyLady I was speaking of a replacement for his 15" monitor not 17". I just bought a 17" kds for $139.00 at Best Buy.
 

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well, now they tell me that HP does not make parts for it and they will have to get it from a supplier and they're closed for the holiday blah blah blah. :mad:

It's an EPROM that they're looking for.

I think I will probably say forget it. :(

She told me that it appears to be caused by a power spike. Everything is connected to a Surge Protector and only the monitor is dead, so could that be true?

My surge protector is rated at 400volts (UL1449). Should I buy a BETTER surge protector? What do you guys recommend for surge protection.
 

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Yeah, I read that but it comes with a 90 day warranty and MAY have blemishes you dont know. Hmmmm..... $99 plus shipping, I can pay about $50 more, no shipping, and get a brand new unit in a box w/3 yr warr.

I'm not putting it down, but there's a reason a lot of the u-bid stuff is so cheap.

John, I'm interested in that 17" KDS I might go over to my Best Buy & check into it. good price. what's the dot pitch? Did ya get a 1 yr or 3yr warr?
 
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BML,

I know where you can get a HEW-15 that is like new for $36.95 + shipping and I think the shipping is $19. I have bought 3 monitors from these folks and they have turned me into a loyal customer.

Oh, it's an M50 by the way.

regards,

spaceman
 
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BML... yes it may have... but I bet you its been more thoroughly inspected this time out of the shoot than it was the first time.

John if you got a 17" at Best Buy... you did dayum good. That beats this price w/ shipping charges
 
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I don't recommend buying a used monitor. They have a limited lifespan that is often shorter than most other parts. New ones aren't that expensive. A 90 day warranty is pretty skimpy for computer parts. I looked at a 17" Trinitron monitor at Ubid.com, and the shipping charges will really get you. It costs $11.99 + $0.99 per pound. The monitor weighs 52 pounds, so you'd be paying $63.47 to ship a $99 monitor. Sometimes you can find good deals at auction sites, but watch out for shipping charges especially with large, heavy items like monitors. You're definitely better off purchasing one at a store.
 
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