View Full Version : Monitor Woes

-HH- Beebop
02-05-2006, 02:33 PM
My beautiful 19" flatscreen NEC FE991SB monitor quit on me after two years. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

It started first with the top and bottom of the screen "squishng" together. Last night during squad night it suddenly went to a narrow white line in the middle of the screen. I considered heat as a problem but with five fans, one, a 120mm blowing directly on the video card, i doubted it.
Currently I'm using an old CTL 17" curved CRT monitor. It's not displaying the same problem so I don't think heat is the issue. But, it too is slowly dying. The picture is rather dark and although I can get a decent brightness on my desktop by pushing both the brightness controls and contrast controls to maximum, the game is so dark that at 12 Noon with clear weather I need to turn on the cockpit lights just to see the guages. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Tax refund is coming on the 10th of the month. I'd like to stay between 200-300 USD as most of that money was earmarked for other expenses. I like CRT's but would consider a TFT display with fast response time. (>16 ms). Any recommendations on a reliable 19" that will support 1290X1048 resolution?

Thanks in advance.

02-05-2006, 03:05 PM
Ewwww, bad luck. I love NEC's flatscreens. I use a 17" myself. They are (were?) supposed to be the best value in their price range. Good luck on the replacement http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

02-05-2006, 06:33 PM
I think Tiger Direct has some monitors on sale right now. Might check them out.

02-05-2006, 07:01 PM
Bad luck m8.

Just ordered a Samsung H-730BF
17" 4ms response A$442.
Hope it lasts longer.


02-05-2006, 09:01 PM
The first monitor can be repaired but probably isnt worth the costs. Rule number one with buying TV or monitors (with CRT): Get the extended warranty. Its like buying your next TV/monitor for 1/3 the price. The vertical circuit is out on yours by the way.

The second monitor probably has a grid problem. Sometimes the shop can zap it, or use a crt restorer. Most times they can not because the phosphor is old and wont light any more. Its just plain worn out.

Now is a good time to consider an lcd. By the time you factor in the cost of the extended warranty for your next crt you'll have gotten into the price range of a decent LCD. Any price difference will be made up on your first electricity bill.

02-06-2006, 02:08 AM

A response time >16Ms is not good.
<16 is better I use a BenqFP937s 19inch wich has a true response of <12Ms. Perfect i played doom3 with it and no ghosting, for this game its great.
For the surfing and word i use a Benq FP731 17 inch, wich has 16Ms. Not realy perfect for gamin
Always checl if the response is the full cycle (black-white-black) and not half .
There are tft (lcd ) wich the manufactor says 16Ms but when they dont mean the full cycle its just 32Ms.

But most good lcd's are capable of <12Ms, and DONT FORGET DEAD PIXEL WARRANTY. its cost a little more, but when you see a dead pixel, its back to the store http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

-HH- Beebop
02-06-2006, 07:24 AM

My bad. I meant less than. I got my carets backwards.
And thanks for the balck-white-black tip. I'll ask that question and hope the sales rep knows his/her product.

02-06-2006, 09:26 AM
I just looked for online add for a Viewsonic 19" with a response time of 3 or 4ms, it was 350.00 and now I cant find it.
It could have been MicroCenter- I spent a few minutes searching but....
They are getting faster and cheaper.
Extended warranty's aren't always a good deal.
I've had my first LCD for 3 years now, and donated it to my wifes office- I bought a new LCD.

02-06-2006, 09:29 AM
http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php?masterid...rch=view+sonic+vx924 (http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php?masterid=8422003&search=view+sonic+vx924)

its a starting point