Monitor going dark

My 3 year old flat screen (ViewSonic VG150) is going dark on the top half of the screen.  Can this be fixed or is time for me to chuck it and get a new one?
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Well, that's a bad sign.  It's possibly repairable but unless it's still under a warranty or extended service policy, it's not likely to be cost effective.  New 15" displays are in the US$100 range now and I doubt even the minimum bench charge for a repair will be less than that.
leonstrykerAuthor Commented:
"New 15" displays are in the US$100 range now "

Where are you shopping?  I want to go there!

The cheapest 15" Flat Screen I saw was $269
LCD's usually have two or more backlights.  You may have one in the top of the monitor that is going out.  I suggest bringing it into a service center where it would be easily relplaced, probably for less than the cost of a new monitor.
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leonstrykerAuthor Commented:

Is it something that I can do myself?  Or should I take in?  What would be reasonable charge for someone else to do it?
You need to take it in.  Opening a monitor (especially a CRT) can be very dangerous.  You may want to ask serveral service centers for prices.

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Plus, an LCD backlight has to be specially ordered.
leonstrykerAuthor Commented:
Thank you.

>>>Where are you shopping?  I want to go there!

Well, I'm certainly not going to say now since you accepted another comment that said the same thing I did!
leonstrykerAuthor Commented:

The differnce being he said it was cost effective and you said it was not.  If on the other hand you can point me to there I can buy new flat panel 15" in the $100 I would be glad to give points to you as well.
>>Well, I'm certainly not going to say now since you accepted another comment that said the same thing I did!

Well, I told him to get it repaired.  Methinks that the $100 LCD that you speak of is of low quality.
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