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June 9th, 2010, 01:14
Turning on my monitor is becoming an adventure. Most of the time, it won't turn on, although the power light will shine. If I get persistent with the power button, the power light will go solid and then the whole thing locks up. The light won't turn off for anything short of pulling the power cable. It seems to be getting worse, and the only way I can get it going the past couple days is to keep pulling the power cable, hitting the button to discharge everything, plugging it back in and giving it a go. Today it only took 10 iterations.

Internal power supply going boink, y'all think? Not that it should make any difference, but it's a BenQ FP93GX and about 4 years old. Haven't had a single problem with it until the past week or so. I'm tempted to blame the Wild Dogs, but I think they're just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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June 9th, 2010, 06:15
Only 4 years old? I'm not familiar with BenQ, but that seems like a very short lifespan for a monitor. My old monitor, a Viewsonic 19" CRT, lasted me 10 years before I finally upgraded in January.

I think 19" is too small by todays standards anyways. Look at this as an excuse to upgrade.
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June 9th, 2010, 07:08
Sure sounds like it's on it's last legs, had a CRT monitor way back that went out in a similar way iirc. And yeah, like JDR13 said; 4 years is pretty fast to break down for a monitor, guess you just ran into some bad luck.

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June 9th, 2010, 08:31
Yup. Another reason to rant about Chinese manufacturing…
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June 9th, 2010, 09:53
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post

I think 19" is too small by todays standards anyways. Look at this as an excuse to upgrade.
Yepp. Always look for that kind of excuses. Improves the WAF.

Fortunately, since I develop software and software integration solutions for a living, I can always refer to work.

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June 9th, 2010, 10:39
Use the opportunity to buy 2 new TFTs.
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June 9th, 2010, 15:19
Sounds like new one time. And a fire hazzard I would guess. If you have to pull on cables to get it going something is messed up and might short out on you. Wouldn't walk off with it plugged in.

Bart and Corwin should just admit that when it gets down to it, I will have the final say.
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June 9th, 2010, 15:42
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
Use the opportunity to buy 2 new TFTs.
And of course you'll need a new graphics card to really make those 1920x1080's shine.

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June 9th, 2010, 15:46
Sounds like new one time. And a fire hazzard I would guess. If you have to pull on cables to get it going something is messed up and might short out on you. Wouldn't walk off with it plugged in.
That way he could get new stuff from the insurrance company instead of paying for it……. so it might not be a bad idea….
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June 10th, 2010, 19:35
Wrong time to go shopping, unfortunately. Shouldn't really spend more than a couple hundred if that, which means I'll probably end up spending about $250. The "hole" in my desk/cabinet is only 21.5" wide, so I think I'm topped out around a 22" widescreen. Any recommendations? I did some looking around and got overwhelmed in a hurry. Too many brands, too many models.

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June 10th, 2010, 21:20
NewEgg.com always has monitors on sale and you get a good one for even less than $200 especially since you are limited in space. Where they start getting pricey is from the 23" on up.

For example: http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category…&name=Monitors

Personally I stick with Samsung. They make great monitors.
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June 10th, 2010, 22:23
I was planning on using NewEgg if they had what I wanted. That's where I got my BenQ, and NewEgg handled that transaction flawlessly for a great price. My question is more about brand and model numbers. Samsung, for instance, has about 20 different model numbers in my screen size and many of them don't appear to have any distinguishing characteristics to help me decide exactly which one I want.

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June 10th, 2010, 22:46
There are some reviews online but they have spotty coverage. Nothing as comprehensive as the GPU and CPU comparison tables available.

There's this but it seems pretty shallow:

http://www.lcdmonitorcomparison.com/
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June 10th, 2010, 22:54
Yep. Research has proven more difficult than I expected. Good info is hard to find and the number of choices is just ridiculous. Thanks for the link—anything helps.

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June 10th, 2010, 23:57
Just my 2 cents worth (apparently a side effect of "Benadryl" is increased desire for social interaction - or at least feeding the ego by expressing an opinion)

I agree with Rills concerning the Samsung brand. I have purchased 9 monitors from them (not just for me - I would like to have a wall of monitors, but the closest I've come so far are the 2 aquariums of lizards my bf had at one point) and haven't had a single problem - not even a burned out pixel.

This is the link to the monitor both my bf and I are currently using on our computers:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati…150&CatId=2775

You can see quite a few customer reviews at the bottom of the page (if those matter to you) - mostly very positive.

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June 11th, 2010, 00:12
How about something more conservative?
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June 11th, 2010, 00:42
I am also a Samsung user. Never disappointed me.
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June 11th, 2010, 00:54
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I am also a Samsung user. Never disappointed me.
I'm *very* happy with the SyncMaster T240HD I purchased in January. Great features and quality for the price.
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June 11th, 2010, 01:12
Plus, buying Samsung supports South Korea.
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June 11th, 2010, 04:49
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How about something more conservative?
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