Of course it depends on the user, and HE is responsible for determining his
ability to proceed safely.  Monitors are on the short list of computer items
where the discrete nature of the components gives some hope of a DIY repair.
I've worked on CRTs and the like for 25 years and I can assure you that you
are in more danger replacing your car battery or mowing your grass than
popping the back to look for burned fuses or components (Richard didn't say
WHAT was wrong -- often it's a fuse and nothing more).  The flyback
circuitry is massively insulated and as Ken points out elsewhere, poses no
danger when the monitor is off the A/C.  There are capacitors and traces
that are less-well insulated but they generally drain quickly when powered
down, whether you care to believe it or not.
Since monitors are a bit of an environmental disaster when it comes time to
dispose of them, it's irresponsible to just toss them in the dumpster
without making some effort at a repair. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Davis [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 11:54 AM
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: RE: fix monitor


Well, Depends on the User. I know how to discharge the capacitor in a safe
manner, and which Pots to tweak. But would I recommend someone on this list
Doing it not knowing their technically ability? No. Someone might be one
Hell of a Mail engineer, but be all thumbs when it comes to this type of
thing. And The Flyback should scare you. Unless of course, Getting shocked
by a few thousand volts and maybe having to take a ride in the back of an
ambulance sound like a good time to you. I've worked on CRTS for a few
years. And even though I know what I am doing with them, I am still 
Scared of what they can do. 

P.S. Unplugging the thing for a few minutes does nothing to discharge the
Capacitor.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dillon, Jeff [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 11:47 AM
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: RE: fix monitor

If you have a zero budget or zero boss, don't let the 'ole flyback
"capacitor" scare you away.  There are lotsa useful pots in there that can
fix the focus, the brightness, etc, and you can futz with the magnets if the
screen is lumpy.  Likewise, many a monitor has been resurrected by replacing
a $.25 fuse or the smelly burnt component smoldering on the board.  Unplug
the thing for a few minutes (an hour if you're paranoid--"years" won't be
necessary), use insulated tools, and borrow some rubber gloves if your hair
is already spiked.  I do agree that it is rarely worth paying for this, so
dive in....

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Davis [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 11:15 AM
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: RE: fix monitor


I realize I am late to this discussion, as I have read many catapult
references, however I don't think it was addressed. I am relatively new
To the Exchange World, only a year and a half working with it. But I have
Been involved with Networking and Computers in general for the last 12
years. I got my start (as probably did everyone here) working on hardware.

Richard, I can tell you there are most certainly no user serviceable parts
In a monitor. And Opening one up can be Fatal. The Flyback Capacitor Can
hold a charge of several thousand volts for years. There is more than enough
Voltage there to severely burn you, if not kill you. Like everyone one else
Here has said, it's cheaper to buy a new one, then get an old one fixed.....
Unless.....You live near a High School that has a Vocational Education
Program that specializes in Electronics. These kinds of schools Will usually
Fix the equipment at no charge save for parts.

Just An idea.

Ken

Kenneth Davis
IT Manager
American Wood Moulding, LLC

"For a moment, nothing happened. 
Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen."






-----Original Message-----
From: Tener, Richard [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 10:58 PM
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: fix monitor



for all u hardware/monitor geniuses out there do u know a good place on the
web to tell me how to open/fix a monitor?

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