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Makvision/Weiya M2929D4G-TS
Tube A68EMN021X121

The monitor powers on and displays an image for a few moments.... the image quickly morphs into the images I've included.  Any ideas?




SOLVED - There was an intermittent short in the picture tube between the blue pin and heater pin(s).
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2020, 04:01:47 am »
looks like blue gun is full on, could be drive transistor or tube- desolder blue gun pin on crt socket to prove
the red blob is either down to requiring a degauss or the purity rings are set wrong

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2020, 10:50:06 am »
looks like blue gun is full on, could be drive transistor or tube- desolder blue gun pin on crt socket to prove
the red blob is either down to requiring a degauss or the purity rings are set wrong

Here's another pic... Depending on how long it sits or your viewing angle, can like slightly different.

On this one, you can see the edges come in a bit.



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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2020, 11:22:03 am »
looks like more than one issue to me, if that discolouration does not go with degaussing then its either the yoke moved or purity ring not set correctly or the shadow mask is damaged in the tube

again like i said before the blue gun looks to be fully firing-desolder blue gun pin

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2020, 01:40:03 pm »
looks like more than one issue to me, if that discolouration does not go with degaussing then its either the yoke moved or purity ring not set correctly or the shadow mask is damaged in the tube

again like i said before the blue gun looks to be fully firing-desolder blue gun pin

The monitor had not been moved since installation many years ago.. if that's any help.

It was working fine.. until one day.. it simply wasn't. 

Once powering up.. there is image for a moment.. then it slowly morphs into what you see above.... takes 5-10 seconds.  The image may influence the colors displayed a bit -- the actual image displayed is mostly blue.

Degaussing has zero effect.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2020, 06:36:11 pm »
so if it was a chassis i was working on the first thing i would do is desolder the ptc and the blue gun, give you a good idea of whats going on

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2021, 02:52:42 pm »
Finally got around to looking at this thing again..

Unsurprisingly, it did not fix itself :)

It goes without saying I'm a novice when it comes to CRTs.  I'm sure I'm in over my head.  Have to start somewhere right?

I have a basic knowledge of electronics and have found the schematics -- https://na.suzohapp.com/pdf/service_pdfs/M2929D4G-TS.pdf, but am at a loss as to where I should begin.

Am I doomed?

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2021, 04:20:47 pm »
Without actually running some tests it would only be a guess...But if I was to make a guess...Since you are getting RGB, I would be suspect of the retrace (flyback) circuit on the chassis...Thats a high voltage potentially faulty circuit friend, It may be somewhat unpredictable, be careful and approach with caution ⚠️.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2021, 04:35:35 pm »
A good place to start would be (Imo) would be probe the anode with a good quality high voltage Kv probe,  and see what you are actually getting at the tube....Yokes and purity generally don't change over the life of the tube, but if you moved that stuff for some reason, the convergence is most likely off and that would also cause those problems,
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2021, 08:45:54 pm »
A good place to start would be (Imo) would be probe the anode with a good quality high voltage Kv probe,  and see what you are actually getting at the tube....Yokes and purity generally don't change over the life of the tube, but if you moved that stuff for some reason, the convergence is most likely off and that would also cause those problems,

Problem just started out of thin air... cabinet was not moved.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2021, 11:37:57 pm »
Well I guess Jenn ment to say if someone moved the yoke, or the rings thay would throw off convergence, not if you physically moved the cab
...My guess it is the chassis is where your problem lies, most likely the flyback itself, or something associated with it.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2021, 12:45:39 am »
First you need to check blue colour drive circuit like grantspain suggested (several times) as a short there can cause an excess of the colour concerned - disconnect and see what happens. For example check/desolder the blue colour drive transistor or CRT pin (on CRT neckboard).
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2021, 04:26:27 pm »
I removed the two transistors on the blue gun circuit.... and no change.   

Is it terminal?
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2021, 11:51:56 pm »
I removed the two transistors on the blue gun circuit.... and no change.   

Is it terminal?

No - it is normal for a colour to come full-on when there is a problem in that colour's drive circuit. If there is no change after removing the transistors, it further suggests that is where the problem is.

You can test the transistors with a multimeter (there are a bunch of guides out there).

Alternatively, try swapping them with the equivalent transistors on the red circuit. If your problem becomes mostly red instead of blue then you know where the problem is.

If that gets you nowhere then desolder the blue pin on neckboard at the CRT socket and see how that looks.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2021, 12:15:28 am »
Unfortunately I hosed one of the transistors on the removal... So a true swap isn't an option.  It's been a long, long time since I've done this kind of work.  ~20 years.

The one transistor that survived tested fine.  I can attempt to test the other... may be enough of the prongs left, but it's not reusable.

Don't think I can truly desolder that blue pin without getting a good solder sucker... this copper wick isn't cutting it and is likely how I split the transistor in two.

To be continued... maybe.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2021, 12:43:59 am »
May as well replace them with new then. If you have to order them, then maybe grab a decent solder sucker as well. I don't like the wick either but sometimes there is no other choice. Flux helps.

You may as well prepare to check out all the electrolytic caps while you are in there - they are a common failure point and can deteriorate over time. Caps going bad can be hard to detect, and you have to remove them to test (unless you have an ESR meter). So lots of people will just grab a cap kit and do the whole lot at once every 5-10 years or so.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2021, 12:47:17 am »
Where do people get components on the cheap?  Is EBay the only real option?

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2021, 05:25:47 am »
People get stuff all over. Digikey, Mouser, RS etc. are some of the better suppliers. There is also ebay Aliexpress and other online markets of course, quality variable as you'd expect. There is a stickied thread here for capkits.

You can also get cap kits from various arcade parts vendors.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2021, 05:38:23 pm »
Desoldered blue pin from socket.... no change.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2021, 04:05:25 pm »
People get stuff all over. Digikey, Mouser, RS etc. are some of the better suppliers. There is also ebay Aliexpress and other online markets of course, quality variable as you'd expect. There is a stickied thread here for capkits.

You can also get cap kits from various arcade parts vendors.

Any thoughts on where the issue could be at this point?  Desoldered the blue gun pin and no change.  Where's all this blue coming from?  Could there be some kind of short in the neck tube?

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2021, 04:28:41 pm »
if you got the right pin on the crt socket then your tube has a gun short
if you desolder the blue gun pin on the crt socket then there is no way you will get blue unless there is a short in the tube

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2021, 11:22:23 am »
if you got the right pin on the crt socket then your tube has a gun short
if you desolder the blue gun pin on the crt socket then there is no way you will get blue unless there is a short in the tube

Was afraid of that.. Could that explain the strange green/red that show on the sides after a minute or two?

So it is terminal.  Bummer. 

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2021, 11:47:44 am »
No, he is saying it needs a rejuvenation.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2021, 01:37:46 pm »
Shouldn't I be able to confirm a short by measuring resistance between the tube pins?

Should I be getting continuity between any two pins? (I am..)  I've got a pin I can't seem to identify.. has continuity with the heater, but isn't used by the board.  No shorts w/ BK pin?  now confused.

Looks like there some quick fixes to try here -> http://www.thegleam.com/ke5fx/crt/sencrt.pdf
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2021, 02:25:34 pm »
A rejuvinator has a setting to clear shorts, as that is actually a common problem...However be warned it is not a guaranteed fix, the better the machine the better your chances and even then may  shorten the life of the tube....Personally Jenn would use a Beltron but they are hard to find, and as a second choice wouldn't use anything smaller than the BK 467...*(opinion)
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2021, 02:38:03 pm »
In fact here is one...Notice down on the bottom right there is a setting to remove shorts, as a clean and balance.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2021, 02:44:43 pm »
As a comparison the Beltron is a far better machine in my opinion, and will fix things most rejuvenators can't even dream about...But again, hard to find.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2021, 02:46:41 pm »
Someone on another forum recently restored their Sony PVM with an intermittent heater short by putting the CRT face down/neck high, then repeatedly/gently tapping around the neck/gun assembly (not sure what with, maybe a wooden spoon or something like that). The tapping seemed to dislodge whatever crap was causing the short and problem was resolved.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2021, 03:10:28 pm »
Someone on another forum recently restored their Sony PVM with an intermittent heater short by putting the CRT face down/neck high, then repeatedly/gently tapping around the neck/gun assembly (not sure what with, maybe a wooden spoon or something like that). The tapping seemed to dislodge whatever crap was causing the short and problem was resolved.

Could be worth a try.

That's my next attempt... the only short I could prove with the meter were between the two heater pins and this other pin that does not appear to be used by the neckboard...  It's the first pin.. or last, depending on how you look at it.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2021, 03:21:41 pm »
Don't know what kind of sites you guys are hanging out on, but banging on it with a spoon or whatever kinda sounds like a bad idea, even if it works you still got the potential short floating around, and never did address the clean and balance...It's your tube man, Good luck.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2021, 03:59:52 pm »
Don't know what kind of sites you guys are hanging out on, but banging on it with a spoon or whatever kinda sounds like a bad idea, even if it works you still got the potential short floating around, and never did address the clean and balance...It's your tube man, Good luck.

Might sound scary but unless he goes at it gangbusters he doesn't have much to lose. Only other practical alternative is to find someone generous and local that can help out with a rejuvenator - which would try to burn the short off, which honestly sounds even dodgier.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2021, 04:43:57 pm »
Ya what was I thinking, A rejuvinator that is just a stupid idea...Bang on it with your stick I guess.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2021, 07:03:24 pm »
Grabbed my other meter as a sanity check... There is definitely a short between blue pin and heater.

Tapped on the tube 5-10 times.... short doesn't show up anymore???

Definitely something floating around in there it seems...
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« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2021, 07:22:17 pm »
Ya what was I thinking, A rejuvinator that is just a stupid idea...Bang on it with your stick I guess.

Be nice, I said gentle tapping not banging. If it works then it works, it has for others, not everybody has a rejuvenator in their workshop.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2021, 08:01:41 pm »
IT WORKED!!!!!!!

Now I just have to find this damn transistor I broke... 2SA1371-E

if only I'd have started with the tube.
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« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2021, 10:43:47 pm »
IT WORKED!!!!!!!

Now I just have to find this damn transistor I broke... 2SA1371-E

if only I'd have started with the tube.

Well, grantspain did say that up front (desolder blue gun pin)  ;)

I'm just happy it seems to have fixed the problem, you can never be sure. But for today, percussive repair techniques rule!  :cheers:


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« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2021, 10:53:18 pm »
Glad it works...problem solved.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2021, 12:23:37 pm »
After some thought...I have to be of the opinion that smacking that tube with a brommhandle is not fixing it, and now that it is working the problem has been made more difficult to track down as a done out the door fix, and to isolate the short now you are looking at a mutiburst pattern generator as to have some control over the color and refind the original problem not to mention the other guns haven't been cleaned or balanced...Not everyone has a rejuvenator this is true, but if you can't find one cheap, you just ain't trying very hard, or flat out don't even want one...If I was to guess, that tube will be worse next time, and will most likely even burn the screen.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #38 on: February 27, 2021, 06:07:17 pm »
Seeing as it must be silly season, how about we try hitting a CRT "home run" with a baseball bat then? Maybe that will improve things? Of course I am being ridiculous, but just continuing the hyperbole.

For giggles I decided to look up rejuvenators for sale (again, I do it occasionally). As usual, almost all listings are in the USA, and they are all ancient tech so I worry I'd spend more time fixing it than using it. Best option I could find that was close to me was in Singapore, US$297 + $134 shipping, fairly typical (LCT-910A). Chump change for some but serious money for me. Still...:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CRT-tester-Leader-LCT-910A-Cathode-Ray-tube-tester-rejuvenator/323878499016?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3D87a407f9f94c43479b1f77dd3443b8cd%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D3%26sd%3D323878499016%26itm%3D323878499016%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2060778&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507

Of course in the USA, land of milk-and-honey for arcade enthusiasts, I could maybe grab a B&K 46X for around $150 or even less. Drive around the corner to pick it up.

I've never owned a rejuvenator, but have done some research and watched some YT vids on them. Something that stands out is that while they can maybe (or maybe not) breathe new life into a tube for a few months or years they can actually damage the guns and filaments and that rejuvenation is really a "close to end-of-life" option. Still, nice to have and good for other things like diagnosis or CRT health etc.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #39 on: February 27, 2021, 06:27:17 pm »
Considering arcade cabinets and TVs tend to sit in one place for years at a time, moving the problem down the road a decade is basically the same thing as fixing it. For most of us at least. By the time this becomes an issue again, the tube may be ready for rejuvenation.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #40 on: February 27, 2021, 06:47:19 pm »
more modern crt were more likely to develop gun issues than older tubes, possibly quality issues- made in china equals crap. Older monitors in cabs with the tube mounted flat like op wolf would do the same, crap would fall back into the neck and short the guns
strangely enough i worked with an redifusion tech in the uk back in the 80's and he used the whack the tube with a rubber mallet to fix this, it worked more times than it failed
rejuve would be the pro way forwards though

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #41 on: February 27, 2021, 09:29:49 pm »
That's awesome that you got it going again even if the problem could show up again later. CRTs are going to be like having Gold bars in the future. No signs the technology will be mass produced ever again. Much like gas vehicles starting to be phased out for an electric only future.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2021, 09:56:38 pm »
In hindsight, I may be a little biased on rejuvenators...They are not for everyone.

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« Reply #43 on: February 28, 2021, 01:01:52 am »
Reckon investing in a rejuvenator is definitely worth it if you have a lot of CRTs to service. Will be keeping my eyes and ears open for opportunities to get a good set at fair price.
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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #44 on: February 28, 2021, 01:31:56 pm »
Before you write that check you may want to consider a few things...The sockets are just as important as the machine you choose, without them it is useless, Most common for arcade tubes is it CR23 (difficult to find and spendy) best to spend more out of the gate with sockets (Imo). The Beltron (If you find one) doesn't get such a luxury, and at best you have to pin it with a universal...I have had many machines over the years and really like that BK for value/support. Beltron, with little support, Is probibally a better machine since it uses amps over voltage...as a result I have 5 of them, and one of those is even converted over to the CR sockets (project from hell)...Moral of this story is, A cheap bargain isn't really the goal when looking at rejuvenators since it becomes such a critical piece of equipment on your workbench if you mess around with tubes.

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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #45 on: February 28, 2021, 07:19:47 pm »
Before you write that check you may want to consider a few things...The sockets are just as important as the machine you choose, without them it is useless, Most common for arcade tubes is it CR23 (difficult to find and spendy) best to spend more out of the gate with sockets (Imo). The Beltron (If you find one) doesn't get such a luxury, and at best you have to pin it with a universal...I have had many machines over the years and really like that BK for value/support. Beltron, with little support, Is probibally a better machine since it uses amps over voltage...as a result I have 5 of them, and one of those is even converted over to the CR sockets (project from hell)...Moral of this story is, A cheap bargain isn't really the goal when looking at rejuvenators since it becomes such a critical piece of equipment on your workbench if you mess around with tubes.

Exactly what I've been thinking (or wanting to think, if that makes sense) for long time. Leading with the CR sockets issue  :cheers:
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« Reply #46 on: March 07, 2021, 03:12:03 pm »
Success! Replaced the transistor I broke, powered up.. everything looks good.

Something minor I just noticed.. is that for the first minute or two, I get retrace lines at the top of the screen... they go completely away.

It is in the basement.. fairly cold, 55 degrees.  is this a temperature issue, or something I should be concerned with?

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« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2021, 07:06:36 pm »
It is pretty normal for a CRT to take up to 15 minutes to properly warm up.

While you're in there, might be worth checking your electrolytic capacitors (the aluminium cans) if you haven't already done so. They get old over time. Visually inspect carefully, replace any that look like they are bulging or leaking, but be aware they can fail with nothing obvious to see.

Ideally you'd have an ESR meter to check electrolytic cap health in-circuit (no need to remove capacitor from PCB to test). This is what I'd recommend as you don't have to replace good caps needlessly and you can check cap health whenever you want. However, not everyone has an ESR meter. If the caps are all looking quite old and tired you might just order a "cap kit" for your monitor and replace the whole lot.
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« Reply #48 on: March 09, 2021, 06:02:04 pm »
It is pretty normal for a CRT to take up to 15 minutes to properly warm up.

While you're in there, might be worth checking your electrolytic capacitors (the aluminium cans) if you haven't already done so. They get old over time. Visually inspect carefully, replace any that look like they are bulging or leaking, but be aware they can fail with nothing obvious to see.

Ideally you'd have an ESR meter to check electrolytic cap health in-circuit (no need to remove capacitor from PCB to test). This is what I'd recommend as you don't have to replace good caps needlessly and you can check cap health whenever you want. However, not everyone has an ESR meter. If the caps are all looking quite old and tired you might just order a "cap kit" for your monitor and replace the whole lot.


On the component-level, everything looks really good.

I do have a question... and I'm not sure if it is an easy one to answer, but I'm curious what contributes most to the longevity or lack thereof, of a CRT?

In its past life, it was "used" a few hours a day... but powered on all of the time, so.. 80-90% of the time it had no input signal... it just had the OSD "DISCONNECT" box bouncing around the screen with a black background.

Currently, it is powered OFF all but several hours a week, when it is used... so no idle powered time, it is either in use, or powered off.  Wondering what is "best practice"? 

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« Reply #49 on: March 10, 2021, 07:43:55 am »
I do have a question... and I'm not sure if it is an easy one to answer, but I'm curious what contributes most to the longevity or lack thereof, of a CRT?

In its past life, it was "used" a few hours a day... but powered on all of the time, so.. 80-90% of the time it had no input signal... it just had the OSD "DISCONNECT" box bouncing around the screen with a black background.

... I know of no good reason to do this.

I have a second hand Acer LCD monitor with a yellowish patch burnt-in to the middle of the display because previous owner left it turned on all the time, and by default it shows this "ACER" bobbling around in the middle of the screen. Yep, burnt-in LCD monitor, from default pic on screen, just in case you were wondering if that were possible.

Much easier to get burn-in with a CRT. Once there, impossible to fix.

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Currently, it is powered OFF all but several hours a week, when it is used... so no idle powered time, it is either in use, or powered off.  Wondering what is "best practice"? 

Turn it on when you want to use it, turn it off when done  :dunno
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« Reply #50 on: March 10, 2021, 09:36:00 am »
I do have a question... and I'm not sure if it is an easy one to answer, but I'm curious what contributes most to the longevity or lack thereof, of a CRT?

In its past life, it was "used" a few hours a day... but powered on all of the time, so.. 80-90% of the time it had no input signal... it just had the OSD "DISCONNECT" box bouncing around the screen with a black background.

... I know of not good reason to do this.

I have a second hand Acer LCD monitor with a yellowish patch burnt-in to the middle of the display because previous owner left it turned on all the time, and by default it shows this "ACER" bobbling around in the middle of the screen. Yep, burnt-in LCD monitor, from default pic on screen, just in case you were wondering if that were possible.

Much easier to get burn-in with a CRT. Once there, impossible to fix.

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Currently, it is powered OFF all but several hours a week, when it is used... so no idle powered time, it is either in use, or powered off.  Wondering what is "best practice"? 

Turn it on when you want to use it, turn it off when done  :dunno


Makes sense to me.. but then you've got those "old school" folks who prefer to leave things on and suggest the cycling is what wears on some major components.


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Re: CRT (Makvision) image is a large bluish blob. Dead, or repairable?
« Reply #51 on: March 10, 2021, 11:48:39 am »
I do have a question... and I'm not sure if it is an easy one to answer, but I'm curious what contributes most to the longevity or lack thereof, of a CRT?

In its past life, it was "used" a few hours a day... but powered on all of the time, so.. 80-90% of the time it had no input signal... it just had the OSD "DISCONNECT" box bouncing around the screen with a black background.

... I know of not good reason to do this.

I have a second hand Acer LCD monitor with a yellowish patch burnt-in to the middle of the display because previous owner left it turned on all the time, and by default it shows this "ACER" bobbling around in the middle of the screen. Yep, burnt-in LCD monitor, from default pic on screen, just in case you were wondering if that were possible.

Much easier to get burn-in with a CRT. Once there, impossible to fix.

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Currently, it is powered OFF all but several hours a week, when it is used... so no idle powered time, it is either in use, or powered off.  Wondering what is "best practice"? 

Turn it on when you want to use it, turn it off when done  :dunno


Makes sense to me.. but then you've got those "old school" folks who prefer to leave things on and suggest the cycling is what wears on some major components.



It makes sense to leave modern computers on all the time if you run a server or use it 70% of every day. I would never feel comfortable leaving CRTs on full time. Not just burnt-in risk but they consume way more power and create more heat than LCDs or modern tech. Plus they have a high pitch frequency that I can always hear when it's on. But for Low Res graphics, no LCD can compare to the smooth graphics of a good CRT. That's my 2 cents. ;)
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« Reply #52 on: October 21, 2021, 10:04:09 pm »
Well, almost 8 months to the day... while playing, the exact same issue is back again.

Hopefully the fix is the same :)

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« Reply #53 on: October 21, 2021, 10:16:27 pm »
Maybe something else is putting extra stress on it. No harm in checking the caps. They can go bad even if they still look good.
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« Reply #54 on: October 22, 2021, 02:15:00 pm »
Maybe something else is putting extra stress on it. No harm in checking the caps. They can go bad even if they still look good.

Worth a check for sure....

Confirmed, another short between Blue and Heater.  This one appears a bit more stubborn.

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« Reply #55 on: October 22, 2021, 04:25:28 pm »
Oh right, I remember now, back to tapping the neck with a wooden spoon?

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« Reply #56 on: October 22, 2021, 07:13:35 pm »
Oh right, I remember now, back to tapping the neck with a wooden spoon?

If the problem persists, you might have to bite the bullet and find someone with a rejuvenator.

Spoke too soon... the spoon seems to have done it again, but its very sensitive to movement.... unlike last time.
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« Reply #57 on: October 23, 2021, 12:31:05 am »
I'm guessing that bit of crap is partly stuck there "flopping" about. May need a rejuve.
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