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    Playing a game earlier - suddenly a loud pop, blank screen, no power lights. No electrical burning smell or anything like that though. Second monitor/TV was fine and still displaying. I tried a different kettle plug to no avail and an older back-up monitor works ok, so the PC is fine. Presumably some kind of hardware failure then. The monitor in question is a Dell 2407, so getting on for 10 years old.

    Is it worth me getting the monitor assessed and then possibly repaired?

    Is 10 years about the expected lifespan for this monitor?

    Cheers.

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    Re: Monitor Goes Pop

    If it's a simple fix it might be worth fixing, but if not, you're better off buying a new one, 10 years seems like a pretty reasonable lifespan for a monitor.

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    Re: Monitor Goes Pop

    If it went pop then that is bound to be a capacitor in the psu. Sometimes you can replace them, but you might want to look at new panels anyway as I think things have moved on quite a bit in 10 years such that your expensive old panel is probably on par with a cheap modern one for quality, except it lacks displayport, freesync and the modern high refresh rates.

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    Re: Monitor Goes Pop

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    If it went pop then that is bound to be a capacitor in the psu.
    Not necessarily - many of the the '07 Dells had a fuse soldered on the power board. I bought a dead 3007 and fixed it for 82p. It was a 3.15 amp fuse with solder tails, so I just removed it, soldered a fuse holder in it's place and clipped a fuse in.

    That was five years ago. It hasn't skipped a beat since, and is still my main monitor.
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    Re: Monitor Goes Pop

    Thanks for the replies. I've got an even older monitor doing temporary back-up service, so I'll take the Dell apart and see if anything obvious has gone phut.

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    Re: Monitor Goes Pop

    I've now taken it apart - there is no obvious sign of anything untoward - which means that I could replace any of the boards, but there would be no guarantee that it would fix the issue, so I've decided to start searching for a replacement.

    Thanks for the help guys.

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