This monitor has been on my desk for months because I’ve been avoiding it but I’ve decided that it’s taking up too much space so I’ve decided to start digging into it again. I’m going to document my repairs here in hopes that it will help someone else out to see my troubleshooting process.
The symptom of the issue is no picture.
The problems are several. The monitor is switchable between standard and medium resolution hence the “DS” in the model name which stands for dual sync. When I attempt to run it at 15k, things seems somewhat stable. There is no picture but when I test B+, it will sit there right around 130v which seems pretty reasonable. Testing with the high voltage probe I get about 130v on the anode which tells me something in the flyback/HOT area is not working correctly but I don’t have a schematic so I’m flying blind on it. When I hit the base on the oscilloscope, I get a reasonably nice looking square wave that seems to be at the correct frequency and looks happy.
So that makes it appear that the driving waveform is ok. When I hit the collector, I get this:
That does not look good. Theoretically I should be getting voltage spikes that go well of the screen when the HOT grounds the flyback. The scope is set for 50 volts per div and I’m barely covering two of them so something is clearly wrong here.
When I switch over to medium resolution (25k jumper) things get much worse. The B+ pops on and starts at about 140v, then it keeps climbing and the monitor starts getting noisy to the point where I’m concerned and then I shut it down.
I’ve tested the flyback with a ring tester and it looks good but perhaps there is a different problem with the flyback that cannot be diagnosed with that tool. I know for sure the HOT is good, I have several of them and they all test the same. When I pull the HOT out of circuit, both the 15k and 25k mode act the same and give the same B+ voltage of roughly 130v. The only difference is the waveform reading on the base of the HOT.