Fixing power problems with your LG Flatron Monitor (LG1753S)

A couple of days ago during the weekend, I booted up my trusted pc lo and behold I heard the Windows startup sound but my LG monitor (LG1753S) screen is blank. I had this monitor for about 3 or 4 years now without any glitch. Used to leave it open for 72 hours sometimes. And this time it had failed to start up. So after checking the power is properly plugged, I shut down my pc again. Turned off the EPS and turn back on, the monitor power lit up(hooray?) but after a few seconds, its gone again.

So its final my LG screen is dead. After a couple of googling on my alternate internet device(HTC Hero), I found out it’s easy to fix. Thanks to this website for the amazing archive of fixing LCDs. Just several capacitors failing me, being the jack of all trade that I am I decided I’ll fix it myself. I went to my trusted electronics shop and purchased some capacitors according to the article, but found out it wasn’t the right one. LOL. I opened up the monitor and upon inspection, the capacitor ratings are 4 1000uf 25v, 1 470uf 25v and 1 680uf 25v high temp. So back to the electronics shop. So after removing the old capacitors and soldering the new ones. The Monitor is good and alive again. Cost around $3 only for the whole thing.

Sorry for no pictures as the pictures got corrupted.

So a little bit of guts and the need to save on service fee, just DIY(Do-It-Yourself), make sure you have the right tools and check the ratings of the capacitors before purchasing.

    • Phillips Screwdriver
    • Soldering Iron
    • 1000uf 25v
    • 470uf 25v
    • 680uf 25v


Force Update your HTC Hero (GSM)

If you still haven’t received your update your HTC Hero (GSM version) for Andriod Eclair(2.1) from the stock Cupcake(1.5). Eventually the Andriod 2.1 update has been rolled out in the Taiwan, US, Asia and Europe. The update is over the air. Here is a trick I learned on how to force update it if you haven’t gotten the prompt yet. The trick is to adjust the date to a future date, maybe 1 month or 2 months further. This will force the phone to check automatically on HTC servers, within a few seconds you should get the prompt. There are a couple of updates, a firmware update and the Andriod Eclair 2.1 update. Download the first update and then the 2nd. Here are some shots I took while updating. Took me about an hour

BTW my HTC Hero was bought from Hong Kong so it’s default local is in cantonese after the update.

App Inventor for Andriod

Wow been awhile since my last blog post.

Saw this vid and looking forward to using it. Currently App Inventor is on beta and not ready for public. You can sign up and you would be notified soon by the App Inventor Team on its availability. In the meantime check out this vid.