FUUUUUU

You might remember me posting about how I was without internet access for almost a week as a result of a lightning strike frying my modem. Later I found out that the surge also fried the LAN connector on my backup machine (the LAN chips were integrated), which meant that to fix it I’d need to replace the motherboard. Seeing how the processor on it is almost five years old, it’s probably not worth it (I’m not sure they even sell mobos that would fit). So that computer will likely get replaced at some point in the future.

But now, a week later, my Syncmaster 206BW LCD started blinking and only showing my desktop for half a second before going on standby and repeating the whole thing. Sigh.

Reading up on it, it turns out that the cause of this are two capacitors that die as a result of old age, overheating or, wait for it, a surge of electrical current. I should probably mention at this point that all my computer peripherals are plugged into a surge protector (including the phone/DSL cable). A worthless piece of shit surge protector apparently.

It can be fixed, but that means soldering, which I’ve never done before. In the time it takes me to learn all that and attempt to replace the capacitors though, I’m doomed to use a 17′ CRT that I dragged down from the decommissioned computer upstairs (those things seriously weigh a ton).

TL;DR: There won’t be much gaming for me this week, or at least until I can buy a new monitor (or fix the old one, which is highly unlikely). God this thing is giving me a headache already.

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7 thoughts on “FUUUUUU

  1. It’ll probably be easier to replace the monitor rather than open it up and replace the capacitors, unless they’re extremely common values and you have a good soldering iron available to you. Soldering with a lot of the cheaper irons is a great way to permanently F your circuit board.

    • Well, buying a new quality LCD would cost between 120 and 150€. The capacitors are below 3€. I can’t solder at all, but the way I see it I might as well try it. If it works, I don’t need to buy a new one, if it doesn’t, I’ll buy a new one. Worth a shot in any case.

      • That is certainly true. Two pieces of advice then: 1) Make sure that the solder becomes liquid and flows properly before removing the iron.
        2) If you smell things burning, remove the iron! ;P.

        Good luck!

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