Hi there gang, newbie here. Thanking you in anticipation of help. Am an ex engineer from the valve and magnetron days of radar so please feel free to get exceptionally 'tecchie if you feel the need!
Bought a used HP 15" flat screen and 12-15v power unit from a breaker, did not notice the small print which omitted the word fault and talked about a problem.... ok ok I know. He has refused a refund, and now I see that he has several for sale with the same fault.
Operates well apart form this specific thing. Ghosting is the wrong word as that implies limited overspill of a displayed item, however looking at the screen is more like looking at an old time B&W television with interference from another channel, or an interlacing scan problem. If it was a tube monitor I would say yes, a flyback problem, but it's a TFT.
There is a faint but discernable area across the whole of the screen width, in horizontal bands a cm or so apart, consisting of several lines at about 10 degress to the horizontal, which appears to move up and down at speed, bit like a wave. Both contrast and brightness controls affect the density and speed of movement from an inch a second to several inches a second.
Seasick making it is after a time.
It's not interference from adjacent equipment or cables, done all the repositioning tricks, and tried it on another PC so its not the video drive coming in, it seems to originate from the monitor.
The vendor admits a lot of monitors are like this.
My first thoughts are that something is oscillating at a frequency a few cycles away from something else and I am seeing the difference summation on screen. I have an oscilloscope at the ready, but no schematics as yet. Has anyone any suggestions on this as to where I start?
If it's fixable then there are quite a few flat screens out there that can be purchased at a reasonable price for repair!