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Samsung 2232BW (SyncMaster)

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February 21, 2012 11:23:46 AM

I'd like to share my experience for anyone who has one of the above monitors that may be playing up.
I can put a rig together in my sleep like most people on here but with monitors/electronics I have no clue.
As stated in the title I owned the Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW for a while, it started to take its time coming on from the overnight 'off' position.
It behaved like an old TV in that it gradually took longer and longer to 'warm up' before coming on,
if left on constantly it worked perfectly regardless of function, but once turned off it became a bitch to get a picture.
In the end it stayed black.
Anyway at the time I did not have the cash to buy a new one, it was a year outside warranty, luckily while browsing the net for possible causes I came across a video on youtube that suggested that it was simply a capacitor or 2 that had blown and needed replacing.
The video showed how to open up my monitor and check the capacitors (nothing technical, just a butter knife needed and a gentle touch)
Before this point I had no clue what a capacitor even looked like, as I said, outside the PC tower I'm clueless.
Anyhow sure enough once inside my monitor, I noticed 2 of the capacitors had domed tops (should be flat) and had black crusty residue on top.
I went to an electric shop and bought a pack or 8 higher grade capacitors (the youtube video stated which to buy) for under £5 and some solder and my mate (I've never soldered) soldered them in place.
Put monitor back together (easy) and fired it up - job done, monitor fixed and never a problem since.
I've been lucky enough to treat myself to a bigger, better monitor since Christamas, and my sister has my old one but I wanted to post this because I was quoted £95 minimum to send mine off to be repaired by 3 different specialists and I even thought about just binning it.
So if you're skint and not very technical outside your PC tower, don't give up, a little browsing saved me a small packet,
okay I was lucky I had a mate who could solder and that I stumbled upon a video but this doesn't necessarily relate to just Samsung monitors, any of you could find yourselves in this situation at some point, don't give up until you've exhausted all possibilities. This little rant is likely no use to anybody but if it helps even one of you...job done.
February 22, 2012 3:46:59 AM

brenw said:
I'd like to share my experience for anyone who has one of the above monitors that may be playing up.
I can put a rig together in my sleep like most people on here but with monitors/electronics I have no clue.
As stated in the title I owned the Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW for a while, it started to take its time coming on from the overnight 'off' position.
It behaved like an old TV in that it gradually took longer and longer to 'warm up' before coming on,
if left on constantly it worked perfectly regardless of function, but once turned off it became a bitch to get a picture.
In the end it stayed black.
Anyway at the time I did not have the cash to buy a new one, it was a year outside warranty, luckily while browsing the net for possible causes I came across a video on youtube that suggested that it was simply a capacitor or 2 that had blown and needed replacing.
The video showed how to open up my monitor and check the capacitors (nothing technical, just a butter knife needed and a gentle touch)
Before this point I had no clue what a capacitor even looked like, as I said, outside the PC tower I'm clueless.
Anyhow sure enough once inside my monitor, I noticed 2 of the capacitors had domed tops (should be flat) and had black crusty residue on top.
I went to an electric shop and bought a pack or 8 higher grade capacitors (the youtube video stated which to buy) for under £5 and some solder and my mate (I've never soldered) soldered them in place.
Put monitor back together (easy) and fired it up - job done, monitor fixed and never a problem since.
I've been lucky enough to treat myself to a bigger, better monitor since Christamas, and my sister has my old one but I wanted to post this because I was quoted £95 minimum to send mine off to be repaired by 3 different specialists and I even thought about just binning it.
So if you're skint and not very technical outside your PC tower, don't give up, a little browsing saved me a small packet,
okay I was lucky I had a mate who could solder and that I stumbled upon a video but this doesn't necessarily relate to just Samsung monitors, any of you could find yourselves in this situation at some point, don't give up until you've exhausted all possibilities. This little rant is likely no use to anybody but if it helps even one of you...job done.



im going to post a reply to get it some more attention and to completely agree with the fact that you should never give up and pay alot of money before ruling out the variables personally i would of been a bit hesitant of fixing a monitor simply because if you got the wrong capacitors it could of buggered the whole thing up luckily for your sake you got the right ones

im sure your happy it was fixed but i curious to know if you know what capacitors actually do and why if a capacitor blows things change, i do im just curious on your knowledge about it
September 6, 2014 11:53:07 AM

My SyncMaster 2232bw is doing the EXACT thing you described.

I also went and found videos on disassembly.

Before reading your post (I know it is 2.5 years old now) and watching the videos I had a suspicion that this must be a capacitor problem, as I used to work on circuit boards in a past life (mega years ago).

It was great to read your post to further confirm my suspicions. It is a great monitor, excellent picture, so I don't want to bin this puppy. And I agree, it doesn't make sense to pay for repair considering how much you pay to replace them used/new.

So I wanted to add to the thread to first say thanks for sharing the experience and resolution, and to further confirm that this is not a rare issue but one that obviously others are experiencing as well. Hopefully they find this thread as I did.

:-)
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