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Samsung SyncMaster 175V DIM and Menu Locked

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 by Paul White

Samsung Synmaster Monitors going bad
I built my workstation about 5 years ago, and at the time it was cutting edge stuff. 
P4 2.6 with hyperthreading 256K cache.
1 GB of heat sinked ram
10K RPM Rapter Hard Drive
Radian 9600 Pro Video Card
2 X Samsung SyncMaster 175V Displays ( 17 inch 4:3 diagonal ) 1280 x 1024

Within a year I had installed a second video card to support up to 4 monitors and had bought another matching Samsung off ebay for around $100.  These babys retailed for around $500 each in their prime.

However one of my 17 inch SyncMaster LCDs has been having issues for the past couple days.  The Picture still shows but its very dim. What is weird is when I hit the menu button the menu comes up with the right intensity.  Also the menu seems to be locked.  I have searched google and it seems I am not the only person having this problem.  I don't have time to hunt ebay for replacement parts or even diagnose the problem, so I ordered a couple new monitors off newegg.  I now have 2 x Samsung 24 inch wide screen displays with 1920 x 1200 resolution.  I am going to swivel these putting the 1920 on the vertical.  They will probably look pretty rediculous to any normal person, but to anyone that writes lots of code they will understand the value. 

Even though my workstation is old it still manages to get me by. Later this summer I will probably build a new tower.

UPDATE 3/15/2008

I took apart the LCD that was having trouble, and unplugged the cable that went to the buttons along the button of the bezel.  Then I plugged it back in.  Now the LCD works perfect again.  I might have jiggled a few other connections in the process so I can't be 100% sure that it was due to this connection with the buttons, but if you are having the same problem its worth a try. 

Now I have two 24 inch SyncMasters on the way.  So I am going to have to figure out a way to run 5 monitors instead of just 4.  My office is going to look like something from swordfish!  There is no such thing as too much desktop space for your applications.

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