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Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
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Anyone have any opinions on the Dell 2407WFP?

My secondary LCD monitor, a Hitachi CML174, croaked. I turned it off last night, and it didn't come back this morning. When I flick the power supply switch, the power LED comes on for a fraction of a second and then goes off. The on/off button has no effect.

Originally I was hoping it was the inverter, since I doubt all 4 CCFs failed at once. When I took it apart, I found out that the inverter seems to be built in to the integrated power supply, so I can't just buy a replacement. And I'm not nearly confident enough in electronics to mess around with high voltage power supplies :P

I might just have to give up on this one :(
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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2007-01-09 09:06 pm (UTC)
well I like the Dell monitors. We have a bunch of their flat panels. But don't buy refurbs off eBay. We've been burned by that.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2007-01-09 09:22 pm (UTC)
I can see about hooking you up with a discount from this place my brother goes to if you want a new lcd :P
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-01-10 01:44 am (UTC)
Thanks. I will at some point, but for now I still have my trusty (and clunky) CRT backup.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2007-01-10 04:28 am (UTC)
lolz fun. It prolly does look like your icon >:D
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[User Picture]From: rspeed
2007-01-10 01:26 am (UTC)
"I found out that the inverter seems to be built in to the integrated power supply"

*jaw drops*

Well there's an ingenious design!
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-01-10 01:45 am (UTC)
Heh. I've only ever fixed laptop screens, so it was news to me!
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2007-01-10 04:14 pm (UTC)
I've had my LCD monitor die on me a number of times over the years so theres two easy things I suggest you check before you box it. One is to leave it completely unplugged for 24 hours before plugging it back in and starting it up. I don't know what magic fairy dust infects the monitor in this off period but its 5 times fixed a monitor I thought was dead. The other thing is to try a different power cord cause those things can go bad.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-01-10 04:18 pm (UTC)
I was kind of hoping that putting it together again (after taking it apart looking for an inverter) would magically make it work, but no joy. I also used two power cords just for convenience; I didn't of testing for a broken one.

It's been resting since last night, so I'll try it again tonight. But I don't really have high hopes.
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From: entropy512
2007-01-11 10:47 pm (UTC)
Heh. This occurs just after I bought a 24" widescreen monitor.

After reading some reviews and doing some shopping, I went with the Gateway 24" widescreen, for a few reasons:

Reports of better HDCP compatibility (small/non-issue for me at the moment, but better safe than sorry)
Gateway had an additional component input, Dell had a gimmicky built-in card reader
Gateway unit was available immediately - Best Buy carries them.

I hear you can get the Dell for as low as $500-550 though if you wait for the right sale though. The Gateway was $680 (slightly cheaper than the current price of the Dell). I believe they use the same exact LCD panel.

I was tempted for a long time to go with the Dell 30" or even the Westinghouse 37" 1080p unit, I'm glad I just got the 24", anything larger would be too large at the distances I normally am from the monitor.

The Gateway and my new Silicon Dust HDHomeRun are an excellent match. Too bad CBS in my area is still SD, and everyone except Fox is feeding me stereo sound instead of 5.1. :(
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-01-12 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! That's exactly the kind of stuff I wanted to know. The Dell sounds like the better one for me, since I tend towards buying receivers and switches to do different inputs.

One of those huge ones would be ridiculous for me, since I'm watching TV 2.5' away from the screen :)
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