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As you've guessed, this problem is caused by a stuck switch on the control board.
I'm looking at the service manual for the monitor to see if it calls out the part number for the control board.
I've jammed a bit of paper in the 'auto' button to keep it pressed. That allows me to see the whole screen.
Do you have a copy of the service manual, by the way?
I don't have a copy.
I'll get started uploading this one so that you can have a copy of your own. The version that I have is for the 190CW7, but all the variants were substantially similar.
Ok, thanks. I'll receive it via e-mail?
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So far I don't see a part number for the control board. Please bear with me while I look at the last half of the manual.
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Ok. No problem.
Found it, on page 66 of the manual. One moment while I screenshoot that page.
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If it's too involved to actually fix, we need a 'cut-off' point where we say this monitor is toast and go get another one. A quick check reveals that a good used one could be had for about NZ$50 or less.
The part number is XXXXX 000 39722. I am not sure whether you will be able to get that as a part; I would guess if it's available, based on US prices, it will be about $US 35, which is pushing perilously close to the price you've cited for a good used monitor.
Is that part fixable without specialist tools?
It appears to be connected by surface-mount plugs and not soldered on, so my guess based on the exploded diagram and the schematic is "yes."
Above is the link for the download site. Sit through the 60 second countdown, and about 2/3 of the way down the page will be a small, blinking blue link to download the file.
Page 42 indicates that all connections to the switch board are on three connectors.
If you extract the board out and check the switches with a DVM, one of the switches is going to be stuck on. Then ... if you can find a replacement switch, possibly on ebay AU ... you could fix it for a couple bucks if the replacement switch is a reasonably close substitution for the original.
The manual does not go into detail on what the switches are, but I suspect that they're the usual PWB mount small pushbuttons.
Alternate solution, if you can find a dead unit, is to extract the switch board and swap it into your unit.
I'd be happy enough just to disable the switches so the screen continues to function for now without my paper wedge. After all, it's now an old computer (6 years) and I just want to keep it going until I return from holiday and and build up sufficient funds to buy a new one.
Thanks for the tips.
In that case, check the continuity across the switches with a DVM, and when you find the stuck one, crush it with a pliers and remove the pieces. You'll lose some of the menu functionality but it should solve the problem.
The menu functionality is non existent anyway so I have nothing to lose by trying that.
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I think that's probably about as far as we can go without disassembling the screen, at which point I lose contact with you anyway. Thanks for your input. It gives me a little more idea where I'm going. Please hold for a min while I check where the PDF file has gone. As for saving the session, I'll just copy and paste it to a text file. No problem there.
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Where are you? Always interested to know the location of people I meet online...
I'm in New Zealand.
I am forbidden to give specifics, but I can say that I'm from West Central Wisconsin, in the United States.
How's the weather up there? Travelled to USA about 10 years ago. Loved the people and the landscape and look forward to going again one day probably back to the Colorado Plateau area. I can't get over the beauty of the place.
Anyway, I've got all the info I think I need now. Thank you very much for your help.
It's not bad for this time of the year. The landscape here tends more toward cows than toward spectacular mountains, I'm afraid.
Cows? That's my occupation. I need a break from that! :-)
You wouldn't be Wal Footrot, then, would yer mate?
Cousin Wal? Heheheheh... That's always been very popular over here. I didn't think anyone outside of NZ would know about it!!
I have the entire series and the movie as well.
Send Cousin Kathy along!
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The entire series? I'm impressed!
If you ever make it down to this part of the world, I'm sure you'd love it. Fortunately, it's not all like Footrot Flats!
I'd love to visit, but you know how it is <scratches fingers together> coin of the realm is always the issue.
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In that case, I wish you well. The recession/depression hasn't bitten as hard here as in the US so I can only wish you the best of luck.Ok, we're done here. I'll let you go. Thanks again.
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