i posted about this on several forums including this one & i now have the exact info needed to correct this
Sony Monitor Brightness Fix
Many Sony Trinitron-based monitors manufactured around the 1999-2000
rest of the link goes on to explain what to do - it involves opening the CRT case, disabling an existing resistor, and soldering in a new/different one
i may still try the resistor "fix" anyway, provided i can find any that meet the proper "specs" (4.7Mohms to 6.8 Mohms, capable of handling at least 1kV and 0.5Watts)
- I can't find anywhere in the UK where I can purchase a 5MOhm resistor just yet
I recently tried the windas + ECS cable fix for my DELL P991, I got the software on ablserv.com to work by changing where the code branches near the annoying "No key found in LPT1" and "Check Configuration." messages. However , the File->MPU function loaded faulty settings into my monitors EEPROM and I hadn't made a backup .dat file. Now my monitor is barely usable, the color temp settings and color return do nothing, the brightness controll is faulty , the default mode settings are weird, and the auto size/center doesn't function correctly. I can provide my .dat file if necessary
So, after days of no success, I come back here and beg. Could anyone lend me a hand? All I really need is a correct .dat file, for some reason (I think related to the security key) windas is loading in garbage rather than default settings read from the .mdl files.(I think?)
Hey guys , I gave the repair from Xweebie a try and had very good results.
Back in 2000 I got a 24" Widescreen Sony monitor and ended up returning it under warranty some two years later due to the brightness creeping up so much that I could see retrace lines across the screen. Fast forward to 2005 and the refurbished replacement they sent me had been suffering a similar fate for over a year. While no retrace lines were visible it was getting too bright at the lowest settings to tolerate. Sony wanted hundreds of dollars for a flat rate fix on this out of warranty unit.
Now this monitor is about 90lbs and a real pain to transport and from reading this forum it seemed like there had to be a better way. I thought about the resistor mod but didn't want to mess around inside the monitor not knowing if it is even the same as other models.
So anyhow, here is a little visual rundown of how I got it fixed. After getting the adapter in the mail and a few tries at getting it plugged in good (small / deep opening at the monitor connection point is a little tricky to get the fingers in there but may vary by the model of monitor. A few emails back and fourth and the same evening I was back in business with beautiful blacks and great contrast again.
This approach is highly recommended!!
This link seems to have all (or most) of the DAS software along with wincats and windas.
Sony DAs Sony Windas Sony wincats etc.http://www.ablserv.com/files/
just bought the cable from Xweebie, and to sum it up,
after some small tests, i emailed him and he gave me a custom G2 level and now the monitor is unbeleivable
an example of how dark it is, when you use the "blank screen" screensaver you cant even tell the monitors on
yet using the brightness\contrast controls set to 40 and 80 it performs UNBELEIVABLE in displaymate
now if i could only get my $700 1 year old 22" mitsubishi monitor "also crt" to have as good of a blacklevel
Hey Mr Tube, congrats on your results. I have a question for you: which monitor are you using, the Dell P1110 or another model using the same chassis? I have the Dell monitor and I would prefer to go the route you did rather than the resistor mod, if possible.