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  • Hi Unkle Vito, I bring bad news. I picked up a couple of FW900s (one Sony, the other HP) and the HP rebadge has a power issue.

    I was told that it took some time to warm up and turn on, but it appears to be worse than that:


    If you have any ideas (or places that may service FWs) I would greatly appreciate it.

    My Sony FW works perfectly and I absolutely love it.
    So I was referred back here to ardforum for the first time in almost a decade by bobthetrucker over at /r/gloriousCRTmasterrace. To what degree can professional repair help aging CRTs? I've already had to bin two (FW9012 and p275) that simply stopped displaying totally after getting focus pops for a while, and my p1230 is starting to do brightness/focus pops infrequently.

    Is it even possible to save a "dying" CRT, and if so can professional repair restore them to crisp focus and restore their ability to handle deep colors/dark pictures or are those a permanent loss?
    Hi Uncle V! Hope you're well! I hope you don't mind me pm'ing you as you're the bro in the know! Okay, I was reading the forums and I realised that my FW has the more or less the exact symptoms as reported by:

    Posted by etienne51
    Then suddenly, the whole screen went totally out of focus It lasted about 5 ou 10sec, and then I heard a "pop" not like the sound I heard the first time (see my latest post on the subject), this time is was a bit louder, and the display went back to perfect focus.

    Mine however after the blur and pop turns off and then the light flashes between yellow and green then as soon as I turn it off and turn it back on immediately it's okay again!?

    This isn't healthy! Would you say flyback or board replacement?

    Please let me know, and brake down the prices and possible instructions for me, the last thing I wanna happen is it get "deep-fried" while standing - touching the wrong parts of the monitor!

    Kind Regards
    I was told to come to you if looking for a Sony monitor. I was going to get a lightboost LCD but want to see about CRT. My model request is very specific; F520 OR Artisan. Price range is $400.
    Hello Sir, I am in need of a fw900, and feel as though I've searched the entire planet looking for one. Could you point me in the right direction perhaps?
    Rodrigo: Enviame un mensaje a my email address unklevito@aol.com y te contesto el mensaje. La contestación es muy larga y no pude enviarte el mensaje.

    Espero tu email.

    Muy Atentamente,

    Luis Alberto
    Unkle Vito!
    Do you believe it can be fixed by replacing the part you think is damaged? (FBT perhaps), Or did something critical like the tube went bad? In case of the former, I'd like to know if you still have those possibly needed replacement parts for the GDM-FW900, because even though I'm from Uruguay, I'd be more than willing to buy them and have the monitor serviced by a local technician with the proper documentation. This monitor is special for me and I want it to work again and for many years to come, I can't simply let it go...

    Lots of thanks,

    Hello Vito. I've have been having issues with my GDM-FW900 and it seems you are the man when it comes to servicing this monitor. Because of this, I thought you could give me a hand or two with the following.

    The problem is that each time I turn it on, I can first hear the normal degaussing sound, but then it continues making a screeching noise several times, as if it wants to power up but it can't, and after that the monitor just gives up and switches to standby mode. Here is a recording I made(sorry for the low quality): http://www.putlocker.com/file/35B4CF2E817ED422

    The GDM-W900 has an special port in the back that is labeled as "service port". The cable needed is a 9-pin special cable not longer available, and the MDL file needed to readjust the unit is found in Sony DAS, not in WinDAS. Sony DAS is the DOS version of the adjustment application needed to reset the monitor's EEPROM parameters. The program is available in the internet but the cable is difficult to get.

    Hope this helps...


    Unkle Vito!
    Hello! I hope you don't mind me picking your brain a little bit, I have a Sony monitor issue that I am trying to crack. You responded to a post from me on the FW900 owner's thread and know that you have a lot of knowledge on the Sony CRT's. I don't wan't to bother the general population of the forum anymore with my obscure monitor and it's problems :), so I figured I'd drop you a PM before I give up on my beloved monitor.

    The monitor is the W900, not the FW900 and I can't get the OSD to come up. Also the size and position settings are gone. The picture is stuck at a 4:3 ratio even in widescreen resolutions. Otherwise the picture is as perfect as ever! I am thinking that the EEPROM is corrupted and it's probably toast?

    If you don't want to get into it, I understand-I just thought I'd see if you had any thoughts on how to fix the problem.

    P.S. Correct me if I am mistaken, but are you the fellow that sold a few fw900's on ebay awhile back?

    Thanks for reading,

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