Samsung 932BW SyncMaster 19" LCD Monitor - Black
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- Samsung 932BW SyncMaster 19" LCD Monitor
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Do it yourself repair. Sorry if I am clogging this monitor's review page with my text.
Hi. I just repaired a Samsung 932BW this Saturday. There are more than a few links on the internet about the power supply in this unit. I only needed the links to feel better about prying apart the smooth, shiny, screwless casing. The failure is nothing. Two capacitors (C109, C110) on the same rail fail at the same time because the manufacturer was too cheap to spend the extra 10-cents (Yes. $0.10 I am serious.) for a higher voltage capacitor with a lower ESR so that the massive ripple does not HEAT UP and kill the aluminum electrolytic capacitors.
Heat and ripple always kills capacitors, along with inverted polarity and too much voltage. The metal tops of the failed capacitors will be round or domed in shape from overheating. The cheap, failed Samsung capacitors are made by CapXon and deep purple in color. Never heard of them and don't want to. Might be quality, but Samsung did not reasearch for 15 minutes to find a capacitor with the proper specifications.
My two new capacitors came from Digikey and were $0.67 (yes) each. Shipping was US Postal 1st Class for $2.00. Support your Postal system. Took 3 days from MN to NJ. I knew that there was 20mm of clearance for the caps, so I chose these two Panasonic/ Matsushita components with a 16V and not wimpy 10V rating. They also have the exact 5mm lead spacing, 5000 Hours at 105'C (never going to see that temp ever), and one of the lowest ESR's so the ripple current capability is 2.15 Amps. Excellent pieces. Digikey part # P12366-ND.Read more ›
Perhaps, the fact that I haven't had to fool with much is something that goes in favor of this somewhat basic 19" monitor - again, the picture seems to me quite good and crisp.
Now, getting to the bad. As I stated in the beginning, I don't really have ANY complaints about the monitor, except for the fact that a few days ago, it went on the blink. As I write this review (interesting time to write it, I suppose) I am using another older CRT monitor while this Samsung is on its way to the company (fortunately still under warranty - believe it was a 3-yr warranty) to be repaired. The sad part is, I found out, after the fact, that this thing apparently has a somewhat known problem that numerous people have reported. Mainly, the monitor will do a light flicker (sometimes prolonged in some cases, and sometimes for a short period - my case) and then eventually go black. It has something to do with a converter component that apparently goes bad after a while. In any case, NOT a good thing.
So, cutting to the chase: why did I rate this monitor a 3? Well, in all fairness, it IS a good monitor...when it's WORKING...but I can't recommend it, unfortunately, because of its history of problems. Truth be told, it probably deserves less than a 3.Read more ›
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Bought it used. Monitor kept turning off a second after being powered on.Published 23 months ago by Cosme A. Gonzalez
I don't know why everybody else seems to be having problems with this monitor. But I have had this one for over 2 years and it still looks brand new and runs great. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by Curivity
I've had this monitor for over 2 years now and its still going strong. It does a fine job now being my 2nd monitor to my laptop. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by PassionZephyr
What a horrible experience it was buying this monitor.
I had this monitor for a year before it broke down. Read more
I've had this monitor for over 2 years and I've never once had a problem with it. Great picture, well built, and an overall quality product. Samsung is the best!Published on July 31, 2010 by Scott D. Fannon
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