Easy Cable Management for Desk

Very recently I got a new desk and I had to start on the very daunting task of moving all my computers, monitors and speakers. Normally this is a pretty simple task but when you have more then one computer and 2 screens, things get many times more complicated. Also I want it to look nice. With so many computers and stuff to plug in there is a massive amount of wires that have to somehow be stashed somewhere out of sight. I found a good way to do this. It is pretty simple too.

Under my desk there are lots of screws that bolt the two sides together in the middle. Also I had gotten a big bag of a hundred or so black clips to clip potato chip bags closed. What I did was take the clips and use the screws to bolt them to the bottom of the desk. Then it is simple to route all the wires through the clips. Then if you or someone else glances under the desk there isn’t a single wire in sight. All the cables are kept up and out of the way. This also helps because then you have plenty of space under your desk for your feet. Your foot doesn’t get tangled around a cable and yanks something unplugged. This type of cable management is simple and takes less then 10 minutes depending on how much hardware you have.

Hitachi 50V500 LCD Rear Projection TV

This Hitachi TV apparently had a lot of problems with the light engine. The UV rays from the lamp is shined through the lcd panels. In the light engine the LCD panels weren’t sufficiently cooled so a cloud forms on one of the panels. In my case it was the red panel that got destroyed. There is only one fan that is made to cool the LCD panels. It is a blower type fan that is about 40mm or so in width. There is a grey fiber air filter over this fan that protects the intake. This air filter got clogged with dust after a few months of use. When this air filter is clogged so full of dust the fan cant suck in any air. When it cant suck in any air the LCD panels do not get cooled ; this leads to them being destroyed.

50V500 workingThis is a image I found of this TV when It worked. All the colors are setup right, there isn’t any cloud in the center of the screen or anything. This next picture is another one I found showing the problem with the big red cloud in the middle of the screen.

This whole problem is caused by a 0.5 inch smudge burned onto the red LCD panel. I learned that once this happens there isn’t really much you can do about it. The light engine would have to be replaced and that would cost a lot of money. Eventually it would just happen again anyways. When the panels get to hot then this happens. That’s why in this case the goal is to keep them as cool as possible. If it hasn’t happened yet it is preventable, but if it already happened, you have to replace the whole light engine.

Finally I got around to updating this post. I spent a lot of time on trying to fix this tv but in the end I was not successful. I took apart the whole TV to get some useful parts and when I was taking apart the light engine I discovered that the red blob was on a UV filter, not the panel itself. If I had refaced that one filter the whole problem would have been fixed. Now I have plenty of spare parts for this model and I can fix another TV with the same problem. Now I know that you just need to replace one little cheap filter instead of the whole light engine. I have learned a lot from this experience and I will try to fix more TV’s in the future.