First post, by ziggy587
So to make a long story short: I purchased a CRT monitor off eBay and it arrived with issues. The seller gave me a full refund and did not require me to ship back the monitor. So now I have this problematic monitor and I'm wondering what I should do with it. Attempt repairs, or throw it away?
It has two major issues. One, the picture is way too dark. And two, the glass is scratched.
When I say the picture is too dark, I mean that on the default brightness setting the screen is way too dark to use. Turning the brightness up, even all the way up, still doesn't make it bright enough. And as a result of turning the brightness up, the picture gets blown out (text is blurry and unreadable). As for the scratches, they don't show up in pictures very easily but they are very noticeable in person. Also, they're pretty much dead center of the screen, so it's impossible to ignore them. Here are some pictures...
Also, the case has some cracks in it. I have no way of knowing if it was cracked during shipping or not. It seems to be superficial, but it might be evidence of a hard drop during shipping.
The above link is the model monitor in question. I actually have another one that's Dell branded, and it's been great. But I picked up an IBM 300PL desktop and thought it would be nice to have a matching IBM monitor. That said, if I could make it work well enough then keeping it would be preferable. But as it is, I just don't have the space to hold onto it if it isn't worth it. At the end of the day, I already have the same model monitor just with different branding.
I am proficient with a soldering iron, but I know basically nothing about CRT repair. My only (uneducated) guess would be to recap it. But even if the dark picture ends up being an easy fix, there's still the scratches in the screen. I've done a little Google'ing, and it seems that some people have had some success hiding scratches on a CRT. I'm not totally convinced the scratches are fixable to a degree I could live with. I don't mind doing the work, but I'm short on time these days. I'd hate to sink many hours into this only to find out it was a lost cause. But I would hate to throw something away that turns out to be fixable. Which is why I figured I'd ask here first for opinions before doing anything.