How to Disassemble Dell Ultrasharp 3008wfp

Discussion in 'Displays' started by MarcoP, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. MarcoP

    MarcoP n00b

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    Does anyone know how to open a Dell Ultrasharp 3008wfp? Last Saturday I was just working on it and it shut off by itself. Since then, I have not been able to turn it back on (tried different cord, outlet, etc).
    I am thinking either a fuse blew or the power supply malfunctioned.
    I am pretty handy with electronics, but I have searched online and cannot find any repair or disassembly manuals. By extensive Googling, the closest account of how to take the 3000wfp apart is MisterDNA’s post at http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1036931373
    I tried removing the front bezel, (silver aluminum part) as MisterDNA describes but by putting in a plastic credit card and twisting with a screwdriver, I have only been able to put it apart by a few millimeters. Now it won't close well anymore. I am damaging and not being able to take it apart!
    I love this display! I downgraded for now to an old 22” monitor I had and am totally depressed! I would be forever in the debt of MisterDNA or anyone who can provide more detailed instructions on how to take this monitor apart without damaging it further.

    Thanks in advance,

    Marco
     
  2. MisterDNA

    MisterDNA [H]ard|Gawd

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    Holy shit. Just got your message on my repair thread minutes ago as I had to bring the Dashcat2 thread back up to date.

    Okay. I'll see if I can work up a guide for you. I've got you stickynoted off the bezel of my own repaired 3008WFP right now. I need to pull a late night anyway and I still have the busted display in the house.

    Sadly, yours might be having the same problem that killed the repair unit I bought. I never did figure out how to fix that. It's definitely component-level work.
     
  3. AMoody

    AMoody Limp Gawd

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    I haven't taken apart a 3008 but I have opened up a 3007 and lp3065. The two halves of the case are held together by plastic clips. I used a 1" stiff putty knife but it did make some small marks in a few areas where I inserted it. Monitor techs have a dedicated plastic tool that doesn't leave marks- you could try and pick one of those up.
    To actually get the two halves apart you need to locate an area near one of those clips and try and pry it apart- then just work your way around the case like that.
     
  4. MarcoP

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    MisterDNA, thanks! I'll be looking forward to your guide.

    I'll let you know the result, as of now, I have an expensive paperweight next to my desk.

    Thanks

    Marco
     
  5. MarcoP

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    Thanks Alec, I have already done some damage to the case. I'll see if I can find the plastic tool somewhere.
     
  6. Bruce0

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    I have dissassembled one. Still trying to fix the power supply (I have been unsuccessful thus far) but opening and closing the case I can do. If you like I could send you pictures of the way it is joined.

    The METAL does not come off, instead the METAL is attached to a a plastic BEZEL, which separates from the plastic BACK. The BEZEL has fingers, the fingers are rectangular with an opening in the center, the opening hooks on a protrusion in the BACK. These fingers unhook from the protrusions when they are nudged toward the center of the screen (this is extremely hard to do until you have a gap opened, but becomes easier as you progress (though it remains difficult even then).

    It is important that you unscrew the four screws on the back that attach the plastic to the panel inside (these are where the stand or hanger attaches in the center).

    There are perhaps 8 to 10 of these hooks along the top and bottom, and half that many on the sides. Start at the top in the middle ( I think that is easiest ) the corners are the hardest to budge. I started at the top to avoid messing up the cable associated with the switch.

    My best luck came when I started at the middle, and proceeded along the top to the corner and then by nudging the hooks got around the corner. It seemed to get easier after I got around the first corner.

    I used a broken piece of food container to get the case apart. I cut my hand slightly, several cuts actually, in the process. It would have been easier with a "spudger" plastic tool but I can't find mine. I didn't do too much damage to the plastic back, but I admit there are a couple of spots where i held it open with a screwdriver while I moved along and nicked to edge of the plastic a little. It is tough to remove, but it does come. I can send some snapshots

    If you figure out how to get the power supply repaired or replaced, please tell me. That would help so much.
     
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  7. gte217e

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    I may be late to the party, however:

    1. Remove the plastic bezel around the LCD like you've done
    2. Unscrew the three small screws holding the front panel button control circuit
    3. Unscrew the right side and bottom screws that hold in the thin shiny metal covers
    4. Unscrew the screw holding the card reader; disconnect the card reader ribbon cable.
    5. Slide the cable reader up and out from the clip holding it in.
    6. Unscrew all the visible screws from the metal cover that houses the circuitry
    7. Unscrew the black screws on the top and bottom of the panel and slide out the metal brackets
    8. Unplug the cable from the right side.
    9. Slide the metal cover that houses the circuitry up a little bit and unplug the small ribbon cables
    10. Flip the housing over.
    11. Unscrew the circuit board screws and the screws by the power plug
    12. Remove circuit board and unplug the three other cables
    13. Replace and go backwards to reassemble.

    I found a 3008wfp on craigslist for sale for $100 (would not turn on).
    I bought it and bought a replacement power supply from Taobao through a broker for a total of $120 shipped to my door.

    I replaced the power supply and it worked fine.
    Total investment was $220.

    Not bad.
    I hope this helps you disassemble your monitor.
     
  8. mardon1975

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    gte217e question for you.

    I have a 30 inch monitor the same model that the power supply went out on. I need to know some more information when you talk about using a broker to get the power supply for hte 3008wfp monitor. After as much as i have paid the only problem is the power supply... If you can give me some background on what you did that would be greatly appriciated. Can you also give me the part number you used to order the replacement?

    Thanks
     
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  9. mardon1975

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    Bump needing to find out the part number, and suggested thirdparty broker to order the power supply for my monitor through...
     
  10. mfarley

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    Bump... woke up this morning and my 3008wfp was dead. Appears the power supply has died. Would also like the part number and referral for shipper.
     
  11. mardon1975

    mardon1975 n00b

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    I took mine to a local repair shop, and dell would not help them fix it. I am trying to find some time to call dell and make some noise.
     
  12. gerbs

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    Mine happened to randomly die yesterday ... Ugh.

    I turn it off after each use, maybe 3-4 power cycles per day. After about 45 mins of turning it off last night, I went to turn her back on and nothing.. :rolleyes:

    Maybe it's better to just leave these running/on sleep all the time.

    Anyway,

    http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=6930940343

    There's the part. I'm also trying to find a way to get it over seas.

    Anyone else in the same boat?
     
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  13. mfarley

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    I'm in the same boat.. but can't read Chinese :(
     
  14. mardon1975

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    I did a search for taobao agent found a big list going to do the research to find a good one. Will put the feed back here... OH and the price in dollars for the power supply is only $75. For the price we paid for this monitor that is just a little cash.
     
  15. mfarley

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    Purchased via taobaobee.com -- I'll report back here on my experience.
     
  17. footballcoach

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    Anyone know if this power supply will work with a Dell 2405fpw?

    Also, here is a LINK to video on how to disassemble the 2405. Not sure if it applies to the 3008, but should be similar.
     
  18. mfarley

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    So far so good.. Paid $85 for the part, then they alerted me when they'd received it. Then I paid another $25 for airmail / USPS shipping. Just got an alert that it's shipped and on it's way. Not looking forward to taking apart the monitor!
     
  19. mardon1975

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    That is great news, when you do that take pictures if you can. :) Might be ordering my new ps soon.
     
  20. mfarley

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    Will do. I'll be out of town the next 3 weeks though, so it may be awhile before I get around to it.
     
  21. lukasz78

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    Hi all,
    I have got exactly the same problem as you guys. I have been trying to take off the plastic frame but its so hard. How did you do that? Did you you use any kind of tools? I do not want to brake something.

    Cheers
     
  22. tizer2000uk

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    The case is really quite a royal pain in the ar*e! Even trying to pry it back with my fingers caused the damned thing to grab hold of my finger nail and not let go, thats right it had me pinned in place by a slither of a finger nail which incidentally had to be snapped off...it hurt a bit.

    What I then did was get an old credit card to pry around the edge and once I managed to get space I used a flat blade screw driver and twisted gently until it freed a few clips, I then had to work my way around the outside of the case doing the same thing. Once you have cleared one side, place some tape in place to stop it closing back up.

    Nice monitor but I hate Dell for making it as unfriendly as possible to work on, this monitor has been specifically designed to be put together and never opened, given how much they cost from new this is a rather shady business practice designed to shaft the end user!

    I have it open at the mo waiting for the new PSU, I will post some pics to give anyone wishing to take it apart an idea of how it can be done with minimal loss of patience or fingernails...

    T
     
  23. mfarley

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    My PSU just arrived from China, via taobaobee!

    Can you post some pics to http://imgur.com/ and share the links here?

    Thanks!
     
  24. mfarley

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    Job done! The part arrived about 3 weeks after my order.

    Took me about 4 hrs to follow the instructions posted here, I'm a complete newb when it comes to hardware assembly. But I'm ecstatic that the repair worked and I have my monitor back.
     
  25. The Spyder

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    I have a 3008WFP that is experiencing the same no power issue. I searched, found this thread and another over at BadCaps. Has anyone on here followed the suggestions on BadCaps and replaced their 120v reverse diode with a 170v as recommended/tested?
     
  26. mardon1975

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    Think most of us are just going to replace the power supply. I picked my monitor back up for the repair shop that couldn't fix it, so they wouldn't toss it... I will later this year order a new power supply and have two thirty inch monitors.
     
  27. BlackBriar

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    Hi everyone,

    I've had the same issue regarding the 3008 - one day my monitor simply shut off and is now dead to the world.

    I've scoured a lot of forums, and found some really good source of info, especially in this thread and the Badcaps thread. However, I simply do not have the engineering or technical ability to remove and re-solder components. I have looked everywhere for a repair shop that could work on my monitor, but all I get is the "buy a new one" stock response.

    Does anyone know of anywhere in the D.C. / Virginia / Maryland area that could repair the monitor if they had the correct parts (that I can provide)?

    Failing that, if anyone would like to make me an offer for the monitor then just P.M. me, as it's in great condition aside from the obvious flaw!

    Grateful for any advice you can offer.
     
  28. leftheaded

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    anyone know of a place to order the power supply still? the taobaobee.com link didn't work for me.


    is this the right "power board"?

    edit - part arrived within a couple weeks. just installed this and my monitor is working again. took about 1 hour from finding tools to completely cleaned up.
     
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