0-year-old Microtec 815C monitor having A/C problems. Yesterday took plug
fiddling and source power (UPS) to get the power indicator light to come
on. This morning I gave up. Had same problem and replaced it temorarily
with a monitor from another system. Played with defective monitor with A/C
power strip switch. First worked sometimes but now not at all. Changed A/C
cord. Checked connection to monitor. No fuse I can see.
Seems kaput. Any suggestions before I junk it? Otherwise it works fine.
If I need to replace it what do you think? Buy another monitor? Buy another
Desktop and monitor (my XP ststem is about 10 years old - hate to buy it
another monitor)? Buy a laptop? Can't really afford any of these options
but still - got to get on Usenet!
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
On 12/2/2015 12:51 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Or in the inverter.
Or, shorted FETs in the inverter.
For really old units, sometimes the fluorescent tubes go bad (though they
usually turn pink-ish before giving up the ghost).
Most of these repairs are limited by how long it takes to disassemble
the thing -- without breaking lots of little hidden plastic latches.
And, finding a place to set it (in pieces) while you troubleshoot.
And, *store* it while you wait for the particular parts that you
may have to order/pick up (unless you do this regularly or for a
Better than 90% of failures in the '80s to early 2000's were due to
counterfeit electrolyte in the capacitore. Look for caps with "domed
heads" - they should be concave, not convex. Sometimes the convex tops
will also have a crusty scum on the top (dried leaked selectrolyte)
On 12/2/2015 7:22 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
A monitor can limp along with a failing cap -- long enough to
stress the FET's in the inverter until *they* fail (shorted).
That, in turn, takes out the fuses to the inverter (*if* it
has any) or drags the power supply down so the controller
can't operate reliably.
HP had some monitors that would catch *fire*! Talk about "design flaw"!
On 12/3/2015 11:02 AM, email@example.com wrote:
When HP "was HP" (pre Agilent -- and whatever the latest split
entails!), they made excellent products! Old laser printers
just "kept on keepin' on". Ditto test equipment, etc.
But, HP, nowadays, is a step above "generic"...
On 12/3/2015 3:03 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Some of their enterprise class machines are respectable.
I dumped the last of my pen plotters in favor of a large format
printer-plotter... keeping the pens from drying out (with the
infrequent use that I have) was more trouble than it was worth!
[Though watching it plot was almost "therapeutic"!]
But, the consumer stuff is largely disposable. And, printers are
just "ink selling tools".
[Anyone with a color inkjet should seriously consider finding a
local service bureau for your color printing -- Kinkos, OfficeMax,
etc. -- and just using/buying a good monochrome printer for
the stuff you are likely to print!]
I maintain 27 inkjet printers in one office, along with 2 volour
lazers and a black and white Oi laser multifunction. 26 of the inkjets
are HP Officejet Pro 8000s. I refill all the cartridges. They are
generally good for 2 years. About $4 per ounce for ink. The latest
inkjet is a Epson or Canon (cannot remember off-hand) with factory
CISS (just pour bulk ink into the tanks)
We go through about 1 - 2 liters of ink a month (insurance office)
The two colour lasers are Toshiba copier/print centers with colaters
and stapler. They also do a fair bit of scanning - but we also have a
slew of Fujitsu highspeed duplex sheet feed scanners and 2 high speed
Panasonic duplex sheet feeders. One of the panasonics is over 1000000
scans already - about half the fujitsus as well.
On 12/3/2015 7:43 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Yikes! Who needs that sort of color? And, why from ink jets?
Laser is so much cheaper/faster...
Ah, so you're not paying the "liquid cocaine" prices that folks who
have inkjets at home are paying -- while they look for an EXCUSE
to print some color in their newsletter, correspondence, etc.
[SWMBO uses a monochrome LJ to print photos. She's typically not
concerned with the colors -- she can make them up to suit her
fancy (yellow sky, anyone?). But, what the mono printers provide
is information about the *values* in the composition -- darks, lights,
etc. (regardless of actual "color")]
Ah, so you're concerned with generating paperwork! (still don't see
why color... "OVERDUE!! PAY NOW or Uncle Guido comes and breaks
your legs!" ?)
I'd welcome a high speed scanner. Ideally, one that "photographs"
the pages instead of a "scan down the page". Currently, when I
want to scan bound materials, I have to sacrifice the original
document (no problem) -- cut the binding off and put the pages
in the sheet feeder... then, wait forever for each page to be
[OTOH, I don't have to babysit the process...]
Biggest time sink is proofing the resulting document: are all
of the pages present? Any get scanned crooked?
I have a little "PictureStation" that makes gorgeous postcard-sized
photos. I suspect the media is very expensive (dunno, I always
seem to find new boxes being discarded). f SWMBO needs a color photo
of some picture she took, I'll use that. Slow as it makes 5 passes
over the picture (CMYK+sealant) but you'd be hard-pressed to tell it
didn't come from "Kodak".
I use color laser for higher volume jobs -- newsletters, etc.
And, a solid-ink Phaser for production quality output.
Talk about an expensive way to print!!!
We had a Phazer at the office for a while. Kept having memory problems
at a rate of about $300 a stick, added to the insane price of the
The "boss" got great satisfaction from throwing it out the back door
to paved driveway.
On 12/4/2015 8:43 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yup. I could never afford it if I'd had to buy the printer (OR
the ink! :> )
OTOH, I only use it for my "proof copies" of everything -- before
bringing them to the (professional) printer. I.e., ensure the correct
color mappings, cropping, etc. I keep these "originals" in a binder
(in "sleeves" soas not to have to punch holes in them).
[My monitors, printer and scanner are all color-calibrated so I
can know what a particular color will REALLY look like when it
is "mass produced"]
Never had a problem with the marking engine. Don't like using it,
though, cuz it wastes a lot of "ink" on startup. And, makes the
house smell like "burnt crayons" -- not an unpleasant smell but not
a pleasant one, either! :-/
Was a time I had three of them. I'd use them until I ran out of
ink, then recycle them.
We were using third party wax for the last 2 years - actually at one
point we had 2 of them in the building - - the first one was discardes
with a full load of wax -(imossible to remove and salvage for use in
the other one) when the RAM went bad AGAIN.
The last one got discarded when the boss had had enough of it's
misbehaving (I think it was another RAM failure - He didn't bother
having me check it out before HE chucked it out. I picked up the
pieces to take to the recycler.
On 12/5/2015 1:23 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I recently had to *purchase* a toner cart for one of the low temp
LJ's. It was *REALLY* hard to do (psychologically) -- having never
had to BUY ink/toner in the past! :-/
I generate a lot of "virtual paper" -- but try hard not to make that
*real* paper! I.e., most of my proofing and editing is done on the screen.
I tend to only resort to making print copies when I'm making proofs (and
Or, if I am systematically checking large tables or other masses of
data that are easier to be able to "check off" (with a pen) when they've
E.g., there are *hundreds* of "rules" for each of my speech synthesizers
(i.e., a particular combination of letters is pronounced in a particular
manner when encountered in a particular context). You go cross-eyed
trying to keep track of which rule you are examining when you are
viewing it on a screen (the symbols used to represent the sounds aren't
traditional "letters" that you could easily make a mental note of while
parsing the table).
OTOH, print it out and you can use your fingertips to track which line
you're on -- and a marker/pen/highlighter to note which ones you've
already checked. Kinda hard to do on the screen!
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