How can I remove my monitor from my computer?

Hewlett-packard Pavilion 16
November 27, 2010 at 14:07:26
Specs: Windows XP
My monitor is stuck into the pins on the back of the computer. The little screws won't even budge. I don't want to pull too hard for obvious reasons. I tried to use pliers to turn the screws but still clue how they got stuck as I never screw them tightly. Anyways, I know very little about what goes on inside of my computer...can I just buy a relatively inexpensive card? Or is there some other easier way to do it? The cable won't come out of the back of the monitor which really sucks cos I'm trying to replace with the EXACT SAME model.

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November 27, 2010 at 14:17:45
You are going to have to remove the cable one way or another as you will not be able to remove the card with the cable attached unless you take a pair of shears and cut it.

However, if you are replacing both the monitor and the card, that wont be problem. A cheap video card is not hard to install if that is all you need.

But first need to ensure that this cable is connected to a video card and not an on-board video display. If it is an on-board display and you cut the cable you will have no choice but to buy a video card or remove the plug.

If you don't know one way or the other you will be able to tell as soon as you remove the cover. An on-board display will be on a socket connected directly to the motherboard.


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November 27, 2010 at 14:48:04
Here's the ports on video card. Notice the internally threaded hex nuts that the montior plug screws into:


The plug on your monitor should look like one of these:

You may have to get a hold of the hex nut to prevent it from turning while you unscrew the monitor plug screws. Make sure you're loosening & not tightening.

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November 27, 2010 at 16:02:30
You are probably turning them the wrong way. When facing the back of the monitor you need to turn them counterclockwise. As Mick stated, sometimes the part the thumb screws connect to can come loose. In that case holding that part with long nose pliers or very small open end wrenches will allow you to unscrew the thumbscrews. If the plastic head is turning but the metal part isn't then use wire cutters to remove the plastic head without cutting the metal stud.

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November 27, 2010 at 21:36:27
Ok thanks...I was turning it the right doesn't budge an inch...very strange. I guess I will have to open it up (much as I hate that) and try out your suggestions.

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November 27, 2010 at 22:24:52
Get bigger pliers

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November 28, 2010 at 02:53:31
Suggest using the tiniest drop of penetrating oil (such as Plus-gas ,WD40 or Superlube) on the threads and allow to soak a while.

Do not spray on, instead apply a drop or two with a small screwdriver.

I noted you state screws as opposed to thumbscrews, which appear in Mickliq's picture of monitor connectors.

Then try unscrewing with a screwdriver of the correct size. You should push hardish, while turning anti-clockwise. As advised above, you may have to hold the hexagonal mountings with a spall spanner or pliers to stop them turning.

Bear in mind, using pliers could mess up the head of the screw(s) such that a screwdriver will no longer fit.

Advise back, if successful.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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