Here is feedback I have recieved from people who have tried these fixes.
(Newest first, some long e-mails may be edited)
I was given a samsung monitor which seemed to work intermittently when trying to switch it on. I was going to junk it but looked around the net first and came across your website. Read your articles and decided to buy some capacitors at around £10 total cost and follow your instructions. Hey presto the things as good as knew. Just wanted to thank you. Cheers.
Jon - England
Thanks for this great tutorial - it saved me having to open up the monitor to identify the broken caps prior to buying them. Now it's working like a brand new one. Keep up the good work, thanks.
Karsten - Netherlands
Hi, I have 2 of these screens and last year I fixed one of them using your guide for screen blinking. Now a few days ago the same screen started up en goes off after a second and stays off. So I replaced the same caps from last year (just in case), and this time I also replaced C301 but not the transformer (couldn't wait for it). But that didn't seem to work. Therefore I decided to replace the one elco that hasn't been replaced (the big one 120uF/450V) and that seem to do the trick.
I actually replaced it with a 150uF/450V since the 120uF wasn't in stock and it seems to do just fine for a day now. So this might be a good addition to the "screen goes off" guide to also replace the big cap. Also, thanks for your guides, they're very helpful and easy to understand.
Yuri - Belgium
(Norm's note: The 450v capacitor is a mains filter cap, its not actually related to the inverter circuit, but replacing it seems to have helped in Yuri's monitor.)
My monitor was having trouble getting going and so a quick Google found your site. With clear photos and instructions I was ready to dive in. Having done a few dodgy cap jobs before, I had some spares in my electronics box of the right spec. Both the 1000uF caps were visibly leaking and tested less than 300uF. The 470uF visibly good, but was removed and tested anyway and found to be all good (I have a Peak ESR meter) so I put it back. All fixed and working fine now. Top Man.
Richard - Ireland
Thanks for the info on your site. I was able to find all the parts AND a soldering iron for under $20.00. 1 hour of labor + 1 hour of Youtube videos on soldering and the monitor is functioning again! -Thanks!
Bob - Canada
Whoohoo, thanx a super lot for your tutorial on the repair of the 206BW. replaced the 3 caps en we're on again. Saved me 110 euro,- for a new monitor. Thanx a lot.
Paul - Netherlands
I have just repaired a 5 year old model, obviously a later board with a side connector lower right, the board contains 2
transformers. There are 5 820uf and one 330uf capacitors, all had serious bulges - replaced the lot with Panasonc high spec ones from
CPC/Farnell. Now back to normal performance - Thanks.
Hugh - UK
I've managed to get the 1000uF 25V cap from a broken power adapter (they are "ultra low impedance/long lasting" LXZ series), but
was unable to find a 470uF 25V replacement. I've found a 50V that is series PL (replaced by PM series, both are ultra low impedance) from Nichicon. My primary question is if a 50V cap is too much over. I got these out of some broken electronics from where I work.
Note: I have sent this message a few months ago and didn't receive any response, except for the "mail confirmation".
Brandon - United States
(Norm's note: 50 Volt cap will be fine... Unfortunately a fault with my contact form prevented me from receiving Brandons first message, sorry! - This has now been fixed and I have put systems in place to test the contact form regularly, so this should not happen again.)
Thank you so much man! I tried nearly everything. Thanks to
this article with detailed description of repair. I've opened my
monitor and 3 caps were swollen. Now I can still use this after 5
years - I repaired my monitor for nearly zero cost. Thanks again.
Filip454 - Poland
I bought the 3 condensators for 0,98c and went to the university to the laboratory to sold them. Came home, build the
monitor again (with pictures as you suggested) and as I turned it on, it worked! no blinking any more! Thank you very much!
And about the numbers of the condensators, they weren't the same, but having the old ones, I could tell the guy in the electronic store what I wanted to buy I even showed them to him. Thanks again!
Virginia - Berlin
Well I just saved 150 euro thanks to you! I had the blinking problem and it was getting worse. I stumbled upon your tutorial, bought 5 euro worth of capacitors and fixed it! Thank you so much !
Etienne - France
Thank you very much! your tektips on how to repair the samsung syncmaster 206BW helped me and it work GREAT!! thank you so
Ari - Canada
Thanks much, one more old Samsung saved from the landfill. $5 to Radio Shack for parts and $5 to you! BTW, a question, the Shack only had 35V electrolytics, not 25V - I presume that won't cause any issues and might prevent a reoccurrence of the problem? Thanks!
Matt - USA
I referenced your article to troubleshoot my monitor and it was bang on. I appreciate you taking the time to post and help with such detail.
Mike - Canada
Unfortunately due to one of my computers going down, a few comments may have been lost before I had chance to
upload them to the web-page. If your comment doesn't appear here, then it may be one of the lost ones and I can only appologise.
Norm the Webmaster - Cornwall, England
My 206bw kept blinking for about an hour before actually turning on. So I decided to Google this and came to your detailed guide on how to fix it. I went out, bought the condensators and managed to fix it! Now it's working perfectly again, all thanks to you :D. I made a small donation, hope it helps. Thanks again.
Lorenzo de Jong - Netherlands
Whoohoo, got my 206BW to work again, thanks. A bit of additional info, the original capacitors have 5mm distance between the legs and a diameter of 10mm. The 470 has a height of 15mm and the 1000's have a height of 20mm. The 1000's I used was 25mm in height and still fit but only with a couple of mm to spare, so don't go any higher than that.
Thomas - Denmark
Thanks, I follow your tips for my monitor Samsung that blinked on and off. Changing the three capacitor and now it is perfect!!
Marco - Florence, Italia
I am just writing to let you know that using your guide on how to fix a Samsung 206BW I was able to fix a clients monitor. However they actually had a Samsung SyncMaster 721B but your images looked nearly identical so I simply replaced all of the caps and it worked perfectly. -Thanks
Tim - United States
thanks this fixed the problem for me ordered the parts and damn it fixed the problem! thanks a lot for making this website and easy fix saves me a lot of money! :D
Lacey - Holland
Norm,your article inspired me to pick up an iron for the first time.The results were not pretty but my monitor is now good as new.:)Thanks a bunch.
John - Scotland
Thanks a lot! Your instructions worked perfectly. Cost of the repair was only 2 euro. Repair operation was very easy and quick (about 30mins)
Juho - Finland
Excellent fix instructions - replacement parts were £1.49 from Maplin :) You mention in the instructions that the capacitors have writing on the side of the negative pole. The ones I got had - - - down the side of the negative pole and writing close to the positive pole.
Robin - UK
(Norm's note: Description has now been clarified, and a picture has been added to aid identification of the negative pole)
Thanks a lot for the tutorial on fixing my Syncmaster, it works as new now!
Paaj - The Netherlans
Found your site after searching for my blinking issue. First time I have attempted a fix like this and after watching a few "how to replace capacitor videos" I followed you instuctions and I am now a happy owning of a fixed Syncmaster 206BW saving me lots to replace this monitor. Thank you very much.
Nick - UK
Replaced the 3 caps according to your guide and it worked like a charm. Bought long life caps to replace with. Thanks!!
Tom - Sweden
Thanks for the clear description and tip. went to the shop. they even put in the 3 new parts. cost me in total 13 euro's. Great! Thanks
Ardo - Netherlands
Norm you are the dogs bollox mate..!!! when i read through you fix page i thought, holy crap i cant do anything like that, but i sat for a while and thought well the screens knackered anyway so why not give it a go... so i did and followed your instructions to the letter.. The three capacitors i replaced cost me a total of £1.48 from maplins and it took around an hour of my time, and boy was it time well spent..My samsung is now working again and its all thanks to you and your tutorial. Thank you thank you thank you .!!!
Ron - UK
Thnx a lot! It worked like a charm:-)
Ana - Serbia
Thanks for the help and advice, after purchasing replacement capacitors and removing old ones my monitor now lives. It was my favourite monitor til it died, now we can get re-aquainted ;-)
John - UK
Thank you, for the tutorial about fixing my Samsung. It all went well and monitor is working. However I have question, in the shop where I buy the capacitors they were smaller in size. Does that mean that they will have shorter life than the previous?
Daniel - Bulgaria
(Norm's note: The physical size should not affect their lifespan, as long as it matches voltage, capacitance and temperature)
I used your description to replace the 3 capacitors (2 were visibly blown) and it worked just great, thanks for saving me a lot of money!
Alexander - Germany
I had the problem where the monitor would cycle on and off. I replaced all 4 capacitors mentioned (although only the two 1000uf 25v ones had visible damage) and now I'm typing this message on a working
monitor. You saved me a fair amount of money, and honestly its been kind of a thrill to fix something rather than just throwing it away and replacing it.
Many thanks, cheers for hosting this webpage and I hope you have a good Christmas.
Peter - UK
Thank you so much for your tutorial, you've saved me £149.96 today, because all it cost me to fix my monitor was £1.04 and 1 hour of my time. I did however end up with a chrome bracket and 2 screws that I have no idea where they belong. DOH! :)
Larssen - England
(Norm's note: Please take care when taking your screen apart, Taking note of where all the bits go!!! :-) Digital cameras are very handy for that!)
You're a legend Norm. My Samsung was experiencing the "screen blinking" problem and I was minutes away from buying another, in fact
I was in the process of googling the specs when I stumbled across your page describing my exact problem. Bought some caps instead and installed them last night, monitor is now as good as new!
BTW I found it was much easier removing the solder on the joints if I applied a little regular solder first, caused the whole thing to melt instantly even with a fine tip.
Small donation sent, thanks again!
Mark - Australia
Hi, I read your article on the Syncmaster 206BW and it inspired me to take apart mine, as it is showing one of the symptoms - the screen turns
on, shows picture for a sec and then goes out. The board in my LCD is different from the pictures in your article (as you have mentioned it could differ). Looking at it I did notice that tops of those two 1000uf capacitors are swolen up. So I figured that I could contribute a picture of this other version. Thanks, Best Regards,
Gatis - Latvia
I sent you 5 Pounds because your information helped me repair my dead Samsung Syncmaster 206BW. Thanks for the useful information
Bill - USA
Thanks for the fix! Had to replace all 3 swelled capacitors. I went ahead and replaced the other 470uf since I bought an extra one anyways. Just wanted to let you know I bought this monitor in Eastern Canada and the capacitors are: C261 (1000uf 25v), C263 (1000uf 25v) and C265 (470uf 25v). Maybe in just rare cases they're different, like in Mikes case. Thanks again!
Tim - Canada
(Norm's note: Be aware that the other 470uf capacitor is rated at 35v, not 25v. Don't replace it with 25v one or it may blow out!!!)
You saved my Samsung SyncMaster 206BW! Thank you very much for your tutorial on how to fix the Samsung SyncMaster 206BW monitor! I sent you a well deserved donation.
I used PANASONIC - EEUFR1E102L for the 1000uF capacitors and PANASONIC - EEUFR1E471 for the 470uF capacitor, ordered through Farnell (next day delivery) Everything worked like a charm, and now the thing works better than ever ! Thanks again, and keep up the good work!
Cxnull - France
Norm - you're a man amongst boys! Thanks so much for these great instructions. I'm so glad to have extended the life of this monitor. I've sent you a well deserved donation and would encourage others who found this information useful to do the same. Ebay is a great source for buying low quantities of capacitors. Ask them which brands they are and try to get a trusted brand like Panasonic. Also ask the seller what the diameter. The existing ones are about 10mm. The ones I bought were a little too wide but I managed to fit them. Thanks again Norm.
David - London
Hi Norm, I just made a small donation to you out of thanks for your Samsung fix. I couldn't afford to get a new monitor at the moment, so your fix was a lifesaver. I have never done this kind of cap replacement before, so I was pretty happy after doing it and seeing my monitor working - not blowing up! :-) Thanks again!
Marko - Canada
Thank you so much for making the repair guide! (donated)
Norm, I want to thank you for making that information known and available. After reading and downloading your photo and other information, I disassembled my monitor to make sure I could, and checked the capacitors. One had evidence of a leak at the top, but the others were not bulged. I took photos as you recommended. I replaced the capacitors and the monitor now works fine. The only concern I had was making sure I got the +/- right and I assumed the silver stripe was - (negative). The board identifies the + side. Guess I got it right because it works fine.
I am going to help you in a very modest way..... and hope you can make up the rest with volume. Thanks again,
Fred - Texas, USA
Dear Norm, i just did the fix and its working 100% again now! Big up and thanks a lot.
Shake - Belgium
Thank you for your clear and extensive instructions, we succeeded indeed in repairing a defective Samsung SyncMaster 206BW following your instructions and it works, the monitor is alright again now for only EUR 2,05 for the parts and an hour of work !
Edwin en Gerrit - The Netherlands
Hi Norm, I just wanted to take a second to thank you for your detailed and informative post on how to fix the Syncmaster power issues. My friend had this monitor and it started having the issue where it would turn off and on rapidly if you hit the power button. He bought a new monitor and gave his Syncmaster to me for free to try and fix. After finding your tutorial, it took all of 20 minutes to replace the capacitors and now the monitor works like brand new! Thank you so much!
Jared - USA
Just a quick note to say thanx. I never usually bother to add feedback after I find the information im looking for on the net. I fixed my monitor using the info I found from your site.
Found the values to be:
1000uF / 25V = C261 & C263 (replaced this with 1219476 EEUFM1V102 1000uF / 35V from Farnell)
470uF / 25V = C265 (replaced this with 1219475 EEUFM1V471 470uF / 35V from Farnell)
these were taller than the original caps, so I added a thin sheet of insulation material between the case and the top of the caps to be on the safe side. I replaced all 3 caps, didn’t even bother to check them, they looked slightly “bulgy” So once again, many thanx for your information of this. Good website.
Simon - England
Hey man, Ive had 3 206BW samsung monitors for about 3 years now, and 2 of them stopped working one after another over the last 6 months.. So instead of throwing them away, I searched for an answer on google and found your site..
Now, I've replaced the caps on both screens, and they work WONDERFULLY! :D Thank you so much! these caps cost like 50 cent each, and it took me about 20 minutes work on each screen, so all in all saved alot of money :)
On one 206BW screen only the 2x 1000uF 25V caps had bulged, on the other one the same caps + the 470uF had bulged.. none of them were blown.. Worked wonders! Keep up the good work, and thanks alot!
Tom - Norway
Greetings; I just have followed the instructions on your post about my Samsung 206BW issue (Screen not loading properly) and in the end it was a pure success for me; thank you a lot for sharing such information for us. I appreciate your work and effort in this matter and wanted to say thank you. :)
Khan - Istanbul
Thanks Norm. I ordered capacitors from Mouser.com (647-UBT1E102MHD for 1000uF and 75-678D477M025DM3D for the 470uF and just in case, I ordered 667-EEU-FR1E681 for the 680uF). Mine had the 470uF version. Total cost, $9 shipped. I'm not the best at soldering, but replaced them and she fired right back up. I took some various photos if you need any that you missed in the writeup. Thanks for your writeup!
Steven - SC
Hi! Found a samsung bw206 in the trash at my apartment house. Pick it up to my apartment and turned it on. It just turned on and off. Went online, found your fix. Did the magic and now it works!! Never soldered in my life before. Thanks so much! Wished I had a job and money in that case I would have sent you some, but I send good karma instead!
Jon - Sweden
Thank you for the fantastic guide. I bought the capacitors from eBay for 2 quid and am now typing this message on my repaired Samsung 206BW! (All three capacitors on my monitor were bulging slightly at the top). Cheers!
Gareth - UK
I've come up with a temporary solution i guess that is when your monitor is blinking on/off, you press the MagicBright "half-circle" of presets and it starts normaly. You have to wait about 10 secs and then you can change to your original preset. I don't know if this works only for me as my caps aren't fully broken or it works anyways. I hope this helps.
Manuel - Spain
(Norm's note: This temporary solution may help you, however I would always recommend replacing the bad caps ASAP)
Norm, The hardest part was prying open the case. Instead of a screwdriver I used a paint scraper. It gives pretty good leverage, but you have to make sure that you bear down hard enough or the blade will pop out of the groove, possibly scratching the case. If a scrap of heavy paper (an index card is good) is folded and placed over the scraper blade, there will be a snugger fit, and if the blade does pop out, the paper might prevent scratching.
I used 35 volt capacitors instead of 25 volt. They were slightly larger, but still fit OK. Thanks,
David -Texas, USA
Thank you!! My monitor works again!!
My Samsung SyncMaster 206BW LCD Monitor would turn on for 1 second... and then turn off again. I purchased the three capacitors and followed the instructions on your website. I must admit that while I was working on the power board I was seriously doubting that this would even fix my monitor. But I completed the process and put everything back together. I turned my monitor back on and it did the same thing as it did before... it came on for 1 second and turned back off. So I tried turning it on again. This time it came on and STAYED ON!!! It has been working perfectly ever since! Thank you very much for your "how to" website! You saved me from having to buy a new monitor... and I actually had a lot of fun working on it!!
Larry - California, USA.
(Norm's note: Larry fixed his screen before I had the "screen goes off" fix. He did the original fix and it seems to have worked!)
Hi! About an hour ago I returned from dinner, and found a Samsung Syncmaster 206BW with a flashing blue power LED. Disconnecting the data cable did not show the "no signal" message. Until today it had always worked fine.
Powered up my laptop, and quickly found that it's a common problem with this monitor, including a youtube-video linking to your website. The two bulging 1000 uF caps where hard to miss, but thanks to your instructions, I knew that it should be easy to fix even before I started opening the case, making the whole process much more fun. I found a donor project with some low-mileage 1000 uF/25V low-ESR capacitors. (mine also had the 680 uF instead of 470 uF, which still looked fine).
Prying open the plastic back took the most time, so I checked it was working before snapping it on. Plugged the monitor into the (still running) desktop, and everything is working fine now. Thank you very much!
Jaap - The Netherlands
Thank you very much for this information. i have looked many times before for a fix but couldn't find the answers i needed. my monitor broke almost a year back now but i hung on to it as i knew it would prove to be a easy fix once i knew which component needed fixing. thank you So much for sharing
Norm - Thanks so much for the comprehensive instructions on this. As I pulled each of those 3 caps from the PSB, I did a simple resistance check. ALL THREE tested OK in this mode! And NONE of them exhibited any of the typical visual symptoms of failure, either. But of course I had the monitor opened up, so I replaced the caps with new ones, and the monitor worked 100%.
Sent U a small donation with much appreciation.
Patrick - Nevada
(Norm's note: a resistance check will not always indicate bad caps, an ESR meter is needed to check the capacitors properly)
First of all I want to thank you for your tutorial on how to fix the 206BW. I had no previous experience on how to de/soldering a capacitor, but with the help of your instructions and an E-how (soldering) video I repaired it.
I only replaced the two 1000uf capacitors, both were bulging, the 470uf cap was still intact. The two 1000uf caps I bought were larger (which I didn't know till I placed them) than the original ones and it was a really tight fit. The monitor stopped working after one a half week since I first noticed the symptoms. It went exactly how you described it. First it took 2mins to boot and the last time it still worked 1,5 hour. Again a sincere thank You.
Magnus - The Netherlands
I would like to thank you for the detailed information that made me fix my 206BW monitor! You are truely awesome.
I have access to a few bad 206 monitors. I just fixed my first one. Thanks for the info.
I followed your guide. Ordered the parts online. Soldered my first two capacitors ever. I didn't know what I was going to do. Thank you very much.
Dwayne - KY
Norm, thanks for this great guide, you helped me save my monitor!
Greg - Chicago
Hi, I had the same problem that other people with this monitor, thanks to your help I get the way to solve it replacing the capacitors C261 and C263, the only two damaged.
Jorge - Spain
My son found your website when searching for a fix for his screen, he was about to order a new screen!
Many Thanks for the repair instructions for our faulty screen. I sourced the 3(high temperature)capacitors at our local Maplins for £1.10 inc VAT earlier today. An hour or so carefully following your instructions including taking photos of the critical stages and it fixed the fault. (I am an ex-computer engineer and was familiar with component change fixes, but have not tackled high tech stuff like this.....) Thanks again.
Mike - Surrey
I would like to thank you for your recipe for Samsung Syncmaster 206BW blinking on start up. I managed to fix my monitor in 30 minutes and it costs me 3 euro only. Thanks a lot!
Samsung Syncmaster 206BW LCD Monitor fix worked for me. i bought it at a yard sale for $4.00(US) and $10.90 parts, (my solder wick was old/didn't take the time to look for it), the caps were $5.00 at Radio Shack and about ½hr time.
thanks, very precise instructions. i'll renew my pay pal and chip in a bit. thanks.
Jerry - USA
I just wanted to say thank you soooooo much for your post on the 206bw flash start problem. It was an easy fix with the info you provided. Bought the parts from my local Radio Shack and had it running in 20 min. Again thanks a bunch!!!!!!!
Hi Norman, I'm really grateful for the fix you described. The monitor seems to be as good as new. The fix only took a couple of minutes and saved me a bundle on repairs. Thanks a lot,
David - Canada
Thank you very much for the tutorial, you saved my monitor :) Best regards from Romania!
Bulat - Romania
Hi Norm. Just wanted to say thanks for the guide. I have a 206bw that was 4 months out of warranty. I replaced all 3 caps, plus 301, since I had the cap laying around at my fathers house. Works great now. Thanks again!
Great tutorial ! I've used it and the screen works perfect. Thanks
Hi Norm, Just a quick note to say many thanks indeed for your help - I am typing this reply using a repaired Samsung monitor!!!! Now I have a few spares in case this happens again. Like you say, it is actually a really easy repair once you know what you are doing! Thanks again and all the best
Darren - England
Thanks for the 206bw fix. Two of the caps were swollen.
Mark - England
Thanks Norm for your detailed repair for this unit, all worked as you described except I have a different rev of ps board, the 1000uF caps are C107,108. Bulged and almost ready to vent. The other one C109 was 680uF and I did not replace since I picked up a 470 before I took it apart, there was no bulging at the top anyway. Thanks Again
Mike - Canada