# Is my monitor dying?

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#### Luv2launch

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Ok,
Out of all the hardware on my computer/s through the years that have died this is the first monitor so I am not sure it it is dying or not it could be a driver issue with my video card I suppose.Here's what its doing, on the lower maybe 1/4 of the screen I am seeing scan lines going back and forth and the edges of the screen flicker every now and then.Is it slowly dying?

#### troj

##### Wielder Of the Skillet Of Harsh Discipline, Potent
Probably.

But testing it is easy.... Try someone else's monitor on your computer, or try your monitor on someone else's computer.

Of course, to properly test it, you need to set everything to the same resolution and refresh rate -- some problems appear only at certain settings.

Oh, and if your monitor is dying, I'd recommend an LCD -- they cost a few bucks more but use a LOT less electricity.

-Kevin

#### Luv2launch

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Probably.

But testing it is easy.... Try someone else's monitor on your computer, or try your monitor on someone else's computer.

Of course, to properly test it, you need to set everything to the same resolution and refresh rate -- some problems appear only at certain settings.

Oh, and if your monitor is dying, I'd recommend an LCD -- they cost a few bucks more but use a LOT less electricity.

-Kevin
Yeah I been waiting for this one to kick it so i can get an LCD I just couldn't bring myself to retire it while it was still working good, it will be nice to be able to reclaim some real estate on the desk once this monster 19 inch monitor is gone.

#### troj

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Yeah I been waiting for this one to kick it so i can get an LCD I just couldn't bring myself to retire it while it was still working good, it will be nice to be able to reclaim some real estate on the desk once this monster 19 inch monitor is gone.
Agreed! I replaced a 21" CRT with a 20" LCD and it's been fantastic.

Plus, I can run 3 of the 20" LCDs with a little less power than the single 21" tube used. And a whole lot less heat!

-Kevin

#### sylvie369

For about 9 years I thought I had a really great CRT, but I'd been noticing eyestrain when I use the computer, and also noticed that even with the brightness turned up, that photos on my screen were not nearly as clear as they were on others' LCD screens. So I bought a $200 ish 20" Samsung LCD monitor about two months ago. The difference is amazing, and when I think of the eyestrain I went through for no reason, I think I should have made the change years ago. Plus there's a LOT more room on my desk now. Don't wait for the CRT to die: get an LCD. #### m85476585 ##### Well-Known Member For about 9 years I thought I had a really great CRT, but I'd been noticing eyestrain when I use the computer, and also noticed that even with the brightness turned up, that photos on my screen were not nearly as clear as they were on others' LCD screens. So I bought a$200 ish 20" Samsung LCD monitor about two months ago. The difference is amazing, and when I think of the eyestrain I went through for no reason, I think I should have made the change years ago. Plus there's a LOT more room on my desk now. Don't wait for the CRT to die: get an LCD.
I noticed some eyestrain using my CRT, and I fixed it by turning the refresh rate up to 85hz (from 75hz). Even though I couldn't see any flickering at 75hz, it was causing eye strain. The picture is slightly fuzzier and darker, but it's worth it.

Now (unrelated to changing it to 85hz) I am having a problem whenever I resume from hibernation the monitor gets stuck at 60hz, which is completely unusable. Changing the refresh rate setting does nothing, and the only solution is to reboot. I want to get an LCD, but I can't really afford one right now.

If I do get an LCD, it will probably be this one:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...5&cs=04&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=27722&lid=628335

It is an eIPS panel, unlike 99% of all LCDs out there. Most are TN, which is cheap but has bad viewing angles (especially vertically) and not the best color.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TFT_LCD#TN
The quickest way to spot a TN panel is to look at the viewing angle spec. If it is 160 or 170 degrees, the panel is TN, but if it is 178 degrees the panel is IPS, PVA, or MVA (all of which are better than TN).
IPS panels are normally a lot more expensive, in the $400-1000 range for the size I am looking at, but the Dell I linked to uses a new eIPS panel, which has all the benefits of IPS, but costs only a little more than a TN panel. Obviously I don't expect it to compare to a$1000 LCD, but it should be a lot better than a $150 one. I heard that if you call or chat with a Dell representative you can get it for about$200 instead of the list price of \$280.

#### Donaldsrockets

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I too would recommend an LCD monitor. I've got an Acer 19 inch widescreen set to 1440x900 resolution.

I love it, I would never go back to a CRT.

Like troj says, they are a lot more energy efficient. IIRC, my flatscreen uses about 43 watts. I'd say the same size CRT would double that.

#### troj

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I too would recommend an LCD monitor. I've got an Acer 19 inch widescreen set to 1440x900 resolution.
We have four Acer LCDs, four different models, and we've been very happy with all of them.

-Kevin

#### cjl

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I'll agree about the benefits of both the LCD and the non-TN. I have a Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP (24" S-PVA panel), and I love it. Far better than any CRT that I have ever used.