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    January 21, 2005

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    Ray

    my 19"(?) HP LCD 1955 just started to crackle and pop. i usually turn it off when not in use. i got it second hand from my mom, who passed earlier this year. i think she paid 100 dollars for it. possibly from a church sale. i really can't afford to get another monitor right now. i am also mortified to think that everything i own could be reduced to cinder, much less that i should die, in a fire caused by HP looking to save a few cents by shipping out a monitor with faulty capacitors. what should i do?

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    MIngSheng Chang

    My desktop has dual monitor setup, both are HP 1955 model. It's been the same setup with me for about 3 years. This morning after I came to office and used them for about 5 minutes, one of the monitors started fading images, screen went off, then smokes came out of the top. If I didn't unplug it right away, it may catch fire.

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    Gary

    When I got to work yesterday my HP 1955 would not "wake up", so I turned it off, then on. The picture came up but then started to fade away, then the monitor started buzzing and smoke began roiling out the top so I quickly unplugged it. Anyone who has one of these units should throw it out immediately. Manufacture date is June 2005, product of China!

    aditya

    My BenQ LCD monitor emitted smoke when i tried to switch it on.what can be the possible problem it was workin fine before that only its panel had malfunctioned.I had to press the power button several times to switch it ON.I swutched it off quickly

    Phil

    We have had close to a dozen HP1955 screens short circuit. Luckily they have all fualted when someone was around.

    Bill

    I am working a case with a ViewSonic monitor that burned the bedroom in a house in 2007. Please let me know what you found.

    Lisa

    Got to work and turned on my HP 1955 monitor - the picture started to fade in and out then smoke started coming out of the top until I uplugged it. I'm thinking that we might need to replace all the monitors in our office.

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    I too have noticed my monitor making noises and getting heated again and again, and i used to ignore it but now i'll be more careful as i got scared reading your blog.

    Greg F.

    Another for the records, HP1955 caught on fire 02.09.2009. 'LV' if you are still reading the posts are you able to provide more information on the mass replacement of HP1955 at your company i.e. location, name, etc? Regards.

    Greg F.

    Adding to the database, monitor HP 1955 caught on fire, 02/02/2010. Wellington, New Zealand.

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    Tina

    Our bosses HP L1955 smoked this morning when being turned on. HP Support Center can't do anything about it, as the warranty time is over. I should contact my local hp dealer.

    anne

    correction: i meant to say the flames were coming out of the back of the monitor, not computer.

    anne

    My husband's Viewsonic monitor just caught fire while it was asleep. I heard crackling coming from his office and knowing no one was there I went in to find flames coming out of the back of his computer. Ran and got the extinguisher, he unplugged the cord from the back of the monitor and the flames went down and we opened the doors to clear the smoke and carry it outside. VERY scary. A few weeks ago, his power supply exploded....many explosions in succession followed by a burning smell. We are wondering if it could be linked to the power strip since the computer and monitor were both plugged into it. Voltage at the wall is in normal range. I am shaking to think what would have happened if no one had been here but the dog or if we'd been asleep on the other side of that wall.

    Jason

    I have had 3 HP1955 monitors and was not aware that this was a recurring problem until it just happened again this month to my second monitor and HP was not willing to do anything to replace it. Both monitors sparked and caught fire while I was using them, luckily I was able to manually turn off and unplug them.

    KIrk S

    Today, I turned on my HP 1955 monitor after years of flawless use and the screen did not come on. I restarted the computer and the HP 1955 began smoking. I unplugged, changed outlets and tried again, and it is dead.

    Is anything being done or is HP aware of this huge "HP 1955" fire problem????

    There are so many listed lately, it's eerie - like they are set to expire this year!.

    Ajay

    Just tonight my HP monitor had the same symptoms of all these other monitors. Stuttered, shrunk and started bellowing smoke out of the vents in the back. I opened mine up, however I couldn't find anything burned/shorted out.

    Emily

    I have an HP Pavilion mx70. The screen stretched, and distorted, and flickered, then I saw a little plume of smoke...

    It hasn't caught fire yet.. but I think it's going to. :(

    Alex

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    So I get into work today, and turn my computer and monitor on. Screen never comes on, but I do see a large cloud of gray smoke and fire coming from the back. The thing ends up setting off our halon systems -___-

    Gordon

    I just had a ViewSonic A90 monitor catch fire after making some strange noises and having problems with screen control. Luckily no damage resulted other than the acrid smell that still lingers around the area several hours later.

    Paul

    Two weeks ago, smoke came out of my HP 1955 LCD monitor. Fortunately, I was there when it happened and was able to unplug the power chord before any more damage was done.

    TL

    2 days ago (6/3/09), my HP 1955 monitor started to flicker and then I smelled smoke coming out of it.

    Martina Burton

    Sunday my HP mx704 monitor's picture shrunk and then a lot of smoke came out of the top, too. Luckily, I was home and sitting at the monitor (I immediately unplugged it) or my house could've been burnt down.
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    Goodfella

    My wifes HP vs17 Monitor started making wierd noises and started to smoke. Now it does not stay on for more than 2 seconds. It is newer than my HP vs17e and I have no problems with mine. Is that the end of the monitor or can it be fixed?

    Mathew

    My HP 1955 have been making weird noices for awhile, and today (Friday, 13) It sparkled and I saw fire inside the computer. Looked like a rat got electricuted inside it :D...but anyway Im glad nothing else happened. It looks like many of you guys had a HP 1955, are they more insecure than other computer screens or what?

    Marisa

    MY HP 1955 monitor just flickered and smoked yesterday morning! Luckily i have a dual monitor system so i was able to get my work done with the other monitor. But scary to think that it could have happened while it was unattended. Legal action should be taken against HP. This is unnacceptable.

    David

    I ALSO HAVE AN HP MODEL MX704 WHICH SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUSTED LESS THAN A MONTH AGO. SAME DESCRITION AS THE REST OF YOU. SCREEN STARTED TO FLICKER AND THEN IT SHRANK FROM FULL SCREEN TO NOTHING AND SMOKE BEGAN BILLOWING OUT OF THE TOP. WHAT CAN BE DONE???? IF THERE IS MORE THAN 5 OF US ON HERE COMPLAINING OF THIS...EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE MODELS IS IN DANGER OF DOING THIS. AND I KNOW THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE LEAVE THEVE THEIR COMPUTERS ON DAY AND NIGHT...

    Brian

    I just had a HP L1955 spark and smoke in my bosses office. This is the 3rd monitor this year that has fried.

    I had monitor BenQ T701. Exactly same thing has happened. Grey smoke and fire about to start. I am happy that I was close to it. I just cant imagine what would happen if it was left alone. I could had become homeless. Omg Next day I bought BenQ G2000WA. And I am so afraid now that I am controlling it every few minutes. If no strange smell comes out. And turning monitor off every time I am not close to it. Anyway I still can smell strange smell from behind the new monitor, but not that intensive. Its like its just hot parts being in work. I dont really know if this is even normal. I hope everything will be ok.

    Kimberly

    We had a monitor at work sizzle like that. It was an off-brand monitor, don't remember the name but it was older. It was just starting to give off an electrical stench when I caught it, unplugged it completely and moved it away from the desk. I think I managed to stop a fire before it got started because that smell was the smell of an electrical fire getting ready to happen.

    W. Counter

    I just read a post about a smoking HP 1955 monitor, and I had the exact same thing happen last year.

    Jack

    About 20 mins ago I was playing a game and my monitor made a hiss noise and a bunch of smoke started pouring out of the top. I could still see a picture but the screen started getting wobbly. A chemical odor was in the air. I fumbled around to turn off the power strip. Scared the heck out of me. It's a MagView VM900E. I actually bought 2 of them about 7 years ago. The first one I sold to a friend and it is still working fine today. Glad I found this site. It's true, my whole house could be gone. I have always turned my monitors off when I'm not here but my computers stay on. I am rethinking that now....

    mb

    my entire office melted due to a monitor fire a few years ago. i had a sony viewsonic monitor.

    Jeff Hable

    Just wanted you to know I had a Gateway EV730 monitor. I was playing a pc game last night and my screen went black. At the same time I heard a weird hiss and I thought it was coming from my center speaker on shelf above my monitor. I started standing up and leaning forward and that's when the smell and the smoke hit me. It was horrible, there was so much smoke and the smell... anyway, I ripped everything out of the wall asap, but I'm sure it would have burned up or exploded or something...

    scooter

    I have/had a HP Pavilion MX90 (#p1284A July '01). Screen started to go wacky on me a couple of times for about 3 days then poof, a bunch of black smoke came from the top. Yes, scary. I took it apart but could not see anything noticeable.

    I have a theory that my cell phone, over time fried something inside. You know when your cell phone is sitting next to your monitor and it's receiving a signal and it makes your monitor freak-out. Just a theory.

    jgov

    I just sent an HP LCD 1955 monitor back to get replaced. Apparently the user says the screen went black and then started smoking really badly and giving off some burning odors. Just thought you might want to know. Luckily it still had a month left on the three year warranty. Built in January 2005. Thanks

    Lendi

    I have a HP MX704 monitor that caught on fire yesterday afternoon. The screen started to shrink as i was viewing it, i heard an electrical noise and smoke as well as flames came from the top of the monitor. THANK GOD I WAS HOME or my house would have burned down. I called HP customer service and because it isnt under waranty they cant do anything about it. THIS IS A PROBLEM WITH THIS MODEL and should with out a doubt be recalled. This monitor was built in July of 2004. What can we do??

    Joe

    Omg marksails, i had the same problem as you! My monitor was also a HP pavilion mx704 and all of a sudden sparks flew and my monitor blew out smoke! I have no idea how this happened. Is it just a coincidence that this happened or is the model faulty?

    anarchOi

    Here is my story, that I also sent to LG. I am planning to call them tomorrow, and maybe even take further actions. This happenned a few minutes ago:

    I bought a LG StudioWorks E700B that i use for 1-2 years with no trouble. I always loved LG because i never have trouble with their products. I own two LG monitors, 3 dvd burners, a LG dvd reader for TV and i was planning on buying a LG 52'' HDTV.... but now i'm not sure if it's a good idea.

    I was trying to sleep since a few minutes and was about to pass out when a weird smell of melted circuits catched my attention. I woke up and went near my LG StudioWorks E700B monitor that was in sleeping mode. I moved my mouse to see some light, then I noticed my monitor was acting strange, like if i touched the button to adjust the image (there was 2 black vertical lines on the right and the left).

    About 5 seconds after, a LOT of grey smoke suddently started passing thru the ventilation holes on the top of the monitor with a nasty chimical smell. Imediatly, my reaction was to turn off the monitor. The smoke continued to come out and I noticed a fire was about to start so i rushed to unplug the power cable and turn off my computer.

    My computer and my monitor were open for less than 30 minutes before it happenned. I have another computer with a BENQ monitor that is open 24/7 since years and never had such problems...

    My LG monitor is obviously not working anymore. But the most important thing is that I could have lost EVERYTHING in my house because of that monitor. What would have happenned if i didn't wake up to see where this smell was comming from? Maybe i would have DIED because of this monitor. And the weirdest thing is that LG monitors doesn't come up with a fire warning...

    My warrenty is over since it's been past 1 year, but I was wondering if LG could do something about what happenned.. Compagnies should take fire dangers like that seriously.. I could have lost everything I own and maybe even my life because of that monitor.

    Thanks for your time,
    Jonathan

    carly

    after an hour of arguing w/ the 1-800 number & creatively navigating the phone lines of HP, i got through to a very nice executive customer relations worker. Even though out of warranty, they told me they take all fires/smoke/smells seriuosly. They sent me a new MX704 today that also had a 2004 manufacturer date. YIKES. I'm not sure I'll ever use it, as i'm a little afraid of this monitor. After my first one started to burn, thank goodness i was home! I give up on this monitor. I wish they'd recall it. There definitely seems to be a pattern of problems.

    JOSH

    I ALSO HAVE AN HP MX704. IN JANUARY THE SAME THING HAPPENED. SPARKS AD FIRE CAME FROM THE BACK OF THE MONITOR. IM ON THE PHONE WITH HP AND THEY SAY THAT SINCE ITS NOT UNDER WARRANTY, ITS NOT THIER PROBLEM.IF IT WAS UNDER WARRANTY, WOULD IT PAY FOR A NEW HOUSE? THEY STATED THAT THEY HAVEN'T HEARD OF THIS PROBLEM WITH THIS MONITOR. MY HOUSE COULD HAVE BURNT DOWN. THE MANUF. DATE ON MY PC IS MARCH 2004. THERE SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN WITH THIS MONITOR.

    carly

    I have the Hewlett Packard MX704. The screen went blurry & there was alot of black smoke coming out of the top. I unplugged it & ran the thing outside. Hewlett Packard offered me nothing but an appology.

    Kevin Greer

    MX704 with a mfg date of February 2004. Tonight the screen starting acting odd and then the picture began to close off from the outsides toward the middle. As this was happening the smoke began to billow from the vent holes in the top. Luckily I was right there to pull the cord.

    lars blackmore

    My two year old HP L1955 went crazy this AM. It was sitting in "sleep" mode and when I moved the mouse to 'wake it up' it made a weird sound and then smoke started billowing out the back with the nasty smell of melted circuit board. Thankfully I was on hand to yank out the power cord, but if I hadn't been, I'm not sure what would have happened. HP is fudging, but I managed to convince their support rep to escalate to a supervisor, and I'm supposed to hear back shortly. Steve Kelsch (posted in July), if you read this, I'd really like to get in touch with you a.s.a.p. to find out more about the fire hazard replacements you mention -- I can't find it referenced anywhere else, but I'd love to have more ammo on hand to throw at HP if they continue to claim they've never heard of this happening... There's a thread on a monitor fixing forum that mentions crappy inverters as the cause of stuff like this, see http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1303&page=9&pp=20.

    Colleen

    I have an HP Pavilion MX 704. Luckily I was in the house when I saw smoke coming out of the back of it. I called HP and all they would offer me was to buy a brand new one at full price. Luckily Christmas was coming. Had to use old monitor. HP said they had never heard of such a problem and I was, in essence, SOL'd. It did not flame up on the outside, but I did keep the monitor. I think it should at least be replaced. My condolences to those who lost their house. I've burned down myself and know how catastrophic it can be.

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    Melanie

    I purchased an E-Machines computer and monitor from Circuit City based on a friend's recommendation. I had the computer for just over a month and the monitor caught fire. Flames were actually shooting out of the top of the monitor. Luckily, I happened to be in the same room during this incident and was able to put the monitor fire out by myself. Very scary! I fought Circuit City and E-Machines for approximately one year for a refund and was not successful. Both companies played a great game of buck passing with each other and even attempted to blame me for the incident. I devoted a tremendous amount of time and effort through phonecalls, letters, store visits with blackened monitor in tow, and the Corporate who's who game. Finally, I gave up, they won and I threw both items away. I have boycotted purchasing anything from Circuit City. They will not stand behind the faulty products they sell and they really could care less if your entire house catches fire. Truly an eye-opening experience! p.s. Target is another store that you should cross off your list-the WORST!...but that is another story!

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