Leaking DEC VR201 monochrome monitor?

william degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 10:41:40 CDT 2016

On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:10 AM, tony duell <ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk>

> > I picked up a DEC VR201 display today, it was leaking a highly corrosive
> > brown liquid.  So corrosive it burned my skin painfully /  immediately
> and
> Ouch, in more ways than one. If it attacks your skin like that, I wonder
> what
> it has done to the insides of the monitor.
> > I had to wash hands thoroughly.  Anyone come across a display that
> leaked a
> > corrosive liquid like that?  The display was stored in its original box,
> so
> > I don't think the brown liquid was from something stored on top of it,
> but
> > I don't know for sure.
> If it does come from inside, just about the only thing it can be is
> electrolyte
> from one of the capacitors. I'd remove the case [1] and have a look.
> Possibly
> wearing gloves...
> [1] Very easy on the VR201. Extend the 'leg' fully. Put the unit
> screen-side
> down. Prise (pry) off the circular cap on the back, over the screw. Undo
> that
> screw (#2 phillips). Slide off the case.
> -tony

The screen rot is so bad, I am not sure I even want to mess with it.
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