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May 9, 2008, 4:22 pm
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kept pressing the keyboard but nothing came onto the monitor. I
switched off the power and switched on again, the screen came out for
a while, and went off again. So I decided to unplug the power plug of
the monitor and plug it back, and somehow the problem was solved. But
now, the problem came back, and now unplugging and plugging the
monitor power can no longer solve the problem... Is my monitor spoilt,
or does the problem lie somewhere else?
Please help! Thanks.
Re: My Monitor Suddenly Doesn?t Show Anyt hing!
You don't say whether your monitor is an LCD, but I'll assume it is.
The monitor has a backlight inside it. The LCD panel controls
the transmission of light, and there is a light source behind
The majority of LCD monitors have one or more CCFL (cold cathode
fluorescent) lamps for backlights. They need 700 to 1000V AC to
operate. A small rectangular circuit board has an "inverter",
which converts a low voltage like the 12V DC inside the monitor,
to the required high voltage AC to run the lamp. The AC is
also at a high frequency, so there won't be any flickering.
If the monitor lights up for a second or two, and then goes
dark, that is the inverter shutting off. It means the
inverter thinks it is overloaded, and so it has shut off.
This can mean a failure of the inverter, or an actual
short somewhere in the wiring (like dust or dirt forming
a conductive path for the high voltage to flow). Sometimes
the connectors on the inverter are corroded and make an
One test you could have tried, if you could still see the
monitor screen, is turn down the intensity setting of the
monitor. If you can do that, frequently the inverter will stay
running for a while longer. But it won't last forever.
This is really a shame for LCD monitors, because
everyone worries about the CCFL (the lamp itself)
and its 25000-35000 hour lifespan. But what seems
to happen instead, is problems with the inverter
mean never getting to see the lamp wear out.
Inverters can be replaced - the hard part is finding
an exact substitute. There are companies on the
web that sell substitutes, but you never know how
close they are to functioning like the original.
I doubt any company sells the exact same module
as the one inside your LCD monitor right now.
If only the LCD monitor companies sold replacement
parts, or were required to by law.
Re: Re: My Monitor Suddenly Doesnít_Show_Anyt
Thanks for the info. Sorry I forgot to say more about my monitor. Itís
a BENQ monitor, and the model is Q7T4.
So if the inverter is spoilt, does that mean I have to go and get a
new monitor? One thing I forgot to mention is that the green lamp
which indicates that there is signal from the computer remains on all
the while even when the monitor does not show anything. And the
monitor takes a longer time to go off when I leave the computer
switched off for a long time. Could it be a problem of the graphics
card? Iím using GeForce 8600.
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