I recently decided that I wanted to make my return to EverQuest after 5 long years, but then my monitor decided it doesn’t want to turn on anymore. My video card has an HDMI so I can plug my HDTV in so I can still use my computer, but now my issue is that EverQuest crashes before it can begin to load the game. So much for that idea.
My monitor is a 20.1-inch Sylvania SK2000w-b Widescreen LCD. What it is doing is when you turn the computer on, the screen doesn’t turn on and the power light turns green and starts blinking over and over. The screen never actually turns on, it used to turn on after a few minutes, but now it isn’t turning on at all.
I googled the model number and found out that it is fixable. I found out on the Fixya website that the problem could be that the capacitors have gone bad. My first thought was, what the heck is a capacitor and how do I fix it? So I looked at YouTube and they have a video that shows a guy who bought a monitor from a thrift store for only $2.98. It’s not a Sylvania, but he is showing what a capacitor is and shows you how to identify a bad one and how to remove the old and replace it with new.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02uLSu1Jj5M) It looks really complicated, but I’m sure that once you figure out how to remove the solder from the capacitor and are able to replace the first one, the rest are a cake walk. Hey, if it works then I get my monitor back and I can play EverQuest again, but if it doesn’t then I still have a 20.1-inch paperweight, so really, what is the worst that could happen? I mean sure I could buy a new monitor, but who has that kind of cash? I could pay someone to fix it for me but they would end up charging me half of what a new monitor would end up costing me. I can pick the parts up at Radio Shack and fix it myself. I think that if I can build a computer, I can replace a capacitor, right? Yeah… easier said that done, but we’ll see how it works out. My concern about EverQuest is that I will have to cancel it before they charge me for another month, but I haven’t really had that much time to play with it anyway and I don’t want to keep paying for something I’m probably not going to be able to play very often. I may as well cancel my account and go back to it when my monitor has been fixed. I waited 5 years, I’m sure I could wait a little bit longer until I can fix it. Who knows, I may be back in the game by the weekend. I think I can afford to spend up to $10 on capacitors rather than $200 for a new monitor.