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I bought a 19 inch Viewsonic flat screen CRT monitor at a computer Expo while I was visiting relatives back home. It was a refurbished model but the price was right and it worked great at the show. Well after getting the thing back to California, I hooked it up and it worked great....for a day. Yesterday while I was trying to adjust the tilt of the screen. The Monitor went blank like i turned off the power but the green light on the power button is still on. I have looked around and tried to see if it was somethin simple that I would be able to fix. I checked the connection to the video card(making sure the pins werent bent) I checked the power chord for shorts(I even swapped it out with another one i had that I i knew was good) I tried everything I can think of, short of opening the back up and messing with the insides.

So let me try to be as specific as I can. That way I can try to save both your and my time.

The monitor will turn on but the screen stays blank. There is no whine like it is trying to display. The controls on the monitor other than the power button do not work. My other monitor works fine so I know that it can't be anything other than something not working in this one.

I don't know anything about repairing electronics and It looks like it is going to cost me a lot of money to take it to a shop and have it done. I only paid 115 bucks for it so I can't really see spending that much to fix it. It is looking more and more like I have a 19 inch 53 pound paper weight but I am not ready to give up yet. If it were something that wasn't overly complicated to fix I might be able to do it myself. I figure if I break it in the process I am not out that much money and I will at least get some learning experience out of it

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It's obviously hard to know what went wrong, but I think you now know why it was returned in the first place. :rolleyes: FWIW, I avoid refurbished stuff like the plague, since you're just buying something that you know had a problem, if it was intermittent, like yours, it may still have it. :rolleyes:

FWIW, this 19" Daewoo monitor I'm using on this system cost me $129 on a rebate deal, and it was fresh in the box. There's no need to spend a lot of money on a 19" monitor nowadays.
 

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Yeah I think that I have definitely learned my lesson. Those guys at the convention center must have seen a Sucker like me coming from a mile away. Do you know of any places I can find a NEW 19inch monitor for cheap? I look on Pricewatch and NewEgg but all I see are refurbs in the price range I am looking at.
 
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