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BrainEater March 15, 2009 09:19 AM

My LCD monitor has gone black/won't come out of standby
Parts of this thread are a repost from a different thread of mine , I felt it would be a good idea to put this in the troubleshooting section with a proper title so people can find it a little easier.


Problem / symptoms :

LCD monitor goes black randomly , or will not come out of 'standby' mode .
- Cycling the power on the monitor can get it back on....
- Sometimes , switching the input cable from digital to analog works as well.
- Noise from monitor when black.

Here's my case :

I run a pair of Viewsonic VX922 LCD displays , via an 8800GTX and a 9600GT.
I allow windows to place the monitors into standby mode after 30 mins idle.On my monitors , the power light is either green (on) or orange (standby).

Recently , one of my monitors started having this problem ; it would go into standby , then later when it needed to come out of standby , it would fail.....the power light would start flashing green and I would have to cycle the power to get it to work again.


Potential causes :

Unfortunately , this problem has several possible causes from hardware to software , and it doesnt always present itself the same way.
-There is a 'black screen' bug known to exist with certain Nvidia cards/drivers.
-Bios/OS standby control conflicts can cause this.
-Hardware failure on the LCD , specifically ; Blown capacitors on the LCD's Power supply.

I spent a fair bit of time researching this problem , it was only by persistance that I stumbled across another vx922 user who had the same issue , and had discovered the capacitor problems.

I decided to take my monitor apart and check.In my case , this was in fact the problem :



The solution :

Replace the blown capacitors.
--I have replaced those 2 capacitors , the monitor is as good as new.


Here's the deal :
Apparently , the capacitors used in some LCD's are just barely within spec , so they run @ 100% all the time , this can cause failures.

I replaced the two 10v capacitors with 16v ones , this should prevent it from happening again.

I've seen this exact problem with several different brands of LCD's , I think there are even a couple other people here with this problem......I'll be linking this thread in those posts.


Exmortis March 15, 2009 11:32 AM

WOW Bad mobo caps all over again, I would have guessed with all the net info on that issue we would never see this again. And I would have been totally wrong. Get the word out, make sure everyone who can know knows, so companies like viewsonic understand why their sales slump.

Babrbarossa March 15, 2009 12:16 PM

Nice work!

BrainEater March 15, 2009 02:09 PM

Thx !

we might sticky this , I've seen quite a lot of this problem , and peoples monitors are approaching the end of warantee.......:haha:


It's actually not 'bad' capacitors per se , it's underspec'd caps....


sswilson March 15, 2009 02:13 PM

I've got a 19" square BenQ which does this intermitantly, but swapping between analog/digital connectors fixes it up. Should probably have a look at it. :)

Thanks for the info.

3 of 7 March 15, 2009 02:52 PM

Gee Wiz, I wish I would have seen this a while ago ( My daughter's Viewsonic was doing the same thing and she trashed it)

Andy March 15, 2009 03:09 PM

Damn ... This should be stickied. Very useful info. I chucked a 19" out the window just before winter because it was doing that. It was fun though :)

Digikid March 15, 2009 05:59 PM


Originally Posted by Meth (Post 164014)
Damn ... This should be stickied. Very useful info. I chucked a 19" out the window just before winter because it was doing that. It was fun though :)

Yeah....until you realize that you just knocked out a police officer that just happened to be walking by on patrol.

That would be funny as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :haha::haha::haha:

BrainEater September 17, 2009 06:27 PM

I knew this day was coming soon. :haha:

My second viewsonic vx922 bit the dust.

It's gotta be within a week or two of being the same runtime as the other one.

Teardown :



Once again it's blown caps ;



5/6ths of the capacitors went in this monitor.I suspect I'll be replacing others in the first one eventually.

Tsk Tsk Viewsonic. Reproducable problem.I'll be on the lookout for 'not-working' vx922's you can bet, it's a 4 dollar fix.


I've seen a couple more people with potentially similar problems as well since the original posting of this thread.......


BrainEater September 26, 2009 04:47 PM


Faulty capacitors in monitor 2 replaced ; Failed units in front.



Monitor rebuilt and functional ; happy desk :


100% success rate fixing this problem so far.


I'd ask for this to be stickied again , although perhaps I'll just start an LCD repair business...... :ph34r:

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