How to get rid of whitish horizontal line across monitor?

Hello,

All of a sudden this morning, a whitish line (it's transparent, really - you can see what's underneath but brighter) appeared across the middle of my monitor from left to right.  It's always on top.  Ever so slowly, the bottom of the screen became distorted, so that the taskbar appeared squished vertically.

If I turn off the monitor and turn it on again, everything's back to normal - but the line stays, and the distortion begins again.

Is this fixable, or a hardware malfunction?  I've had this Hansol 17" monitor for like 5-6 years and there have never been any problems...

Thanks
K
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
The Hansol monitor is dying.. you've got good life out of it.  More than likely it is a capacitor problem, if you get a nice picture on the screen.

The repair cost would be approximate 50% of the cost of a new monitor.

Get the new monitor.
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kultejAuthor Commented:
You're sure? That's terrible news - but thanks for the closure.

K
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
You mentioned "ever so slowly, the bottom of the screen...."  that is a sign of the capacitors dying.  5-6 years is good time.. figure you got it when it was $300..that $5/month you paid for that monitor.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
http://www.compusa.com/products/products.asp?No=0&N=200011&Ns=display%5Fprice%7C0

CompUSA has them for $99.  The repair would have cost you about the same.
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kultejAuthor Commented:
I realize what's happening now at the bottom is that the black border part is expanding... I hope it stops doing so at some point so that the monitor will still be usable for a couple of weeks until I have time to get a new one (or repair...).
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Sorry to say, it will only get worse.  If one capacitor is going bad, surely the others will too. If the circuitry is dependant on the function of the bad "cap" you will experience other faults in addition to the one you currently have.  If you are expecting to the repair option, then best to do right away
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kultejAuthor Commented:
Oh dear.  Well thanks for your (speedy) help.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Thank you!  sorry about the bad news.... but all wil be good when you replace that monitor! :-)
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