Putting your monitor on a VESA bracket should be easy if you can get the stand off
Most LCD monitors have a 100 x 100 VESA mounting system as well as a stationary stand.
Getting the stand off can be easy or a mystery.
Samsung’s instruction for removing the stand from it’s SyncMaster monitors is a cryptic “Remove the stand”.
With most monitors the screws that attach the stand to the monitor are visible and easy to remove.
Here are the undocumented steps to removing the stand from the Samsung SyncMaster.
1. Lay the monitor face down on a surface, protecting the LCD from damage and letting the stand and swivel base hang over the edge of the surface.
2. Remove the swivel base (A) with the thumbscrew on the bottom. What is left is two pieces of plastic and a metal bracket (B & C illustration 1)
3. Turn the monitor over carefully.
4. Remove the two screws that hold the halves of the stand (B)together (located underneath the stand near where it attaches to the monitor).
5. Gently pry the two halves of the stand apart. You should have just the metal bracket on the monitor (C illustration 2)
6. Turn the monitor over carefully.
7. There is a brass colored, spring clip that is retaining the stand metal bracket in a slot. The clip is hidden from view so you will have to fish for it with a thin screwdriver. Once you have depressed the spring clip, the metal bracket will slide outward from the monitor. You can see the retaining clips in the illustration 3.
8. With a small screwdriver, depress the spring clip and slide out the metal bracket (illustration 4)
9. Attach the monitor to your VESA bracket.
The Hard Way
None of this is documented. Samsung suggested I return the monitor to their service center which seemed like a dumb idea.
The way I got the stand off was to pry the front bezel off the monitor very carefully. At which point there are four pieces: 1. the LCD panel, 2. the power supply and electronics in a metal cage, 3. the back panel and 4. the controls and lower bezel.
It was quite easy to see the spring clip and remove the bracket. The four pieces are a little difficult to manage so the easiest method is detailed above.
Proceed with caution in any case. If your monitor is different you should seek another explanation. Proceed at your own risk.
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