The on/off button on my flatron monitor for my desktop although it still
works does not make the clicking noise so looks like it may be on its
Is it DIYable to replace, as in reasonably easy?
Looking at it I can see that the screen trim has to come off which is
where the on/off is located, apart from that I havent a clue what I
would do next.
Yes. You will need a soldering iron, and not much (or any) burn cream.
Cases sometimes are clipped together, and part of the fun is undoing
that without gouging out the material of the unit, or your fingers.
How to open the case of the SA300 Samsung LED Monitor
Then take care to avoid snapping wires while proceeding to remove the
switch PCB, then fit a replacement.
Why not just leave it on and fit an in-line cord switch in the power cable?
Worth doing the measurement to be sure but the chances are that its
standby mode is under 1W if the thing isn't truly ancient. Slaving all
peripherals to the main PC with a smart extension block may be a larger
saving as some laser printers are power hungry when in standby.
I only switch my monitors off when I am away.
I turn off my monitors, printers, ethernet switch, and USB 8 port unit
"at the mains" by feeding them from the same spreader so that one switch
does it all. I have the desktop base unit and the wifi on a separate
spreader which I don't switch off because sometimes I will put the
desktop into hibernate or sleep.
If your monitor switch is stuck in the "on" (rather than off) position I
would certainly not try to fix it! If it is "buzzy" (i.e. not connecting
very well) I would consider soldering little bridges across it.
It can be a bad idea to power off inkjet printers at this may force them
to do a head clean every power on and hence greater ink usage.
I have the monitor, speakers etc powered from a current sensing power
switch sent by the power co - this works well to power everthing down
Beware that many (most?) sensing switches draw more power than the
standby load of most modern appliances. Reason is that standby load
is covered by tight regulations in most cases, but power requirements
of current sensing switches is not. If the current sensing switch
gets warm, it's probably not worth using with appliances which would
drop into standby mode anyway.
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