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The-Bleh-Bleh

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#1 11 years ago

Ok, just my luck. Story:

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I wake up this-morning, and go to work on homework.

Screen shows nothing- I notice the LED on the $200 Dell flat monitors power button was blinking. I fiddle, plug and unplug, then decide to call Dell support. Even if it's broken, I'm under warranty I thought.

So I call Dell, and am greeted by a strong Indian accent. He immediately says that the computers 4 year warranty will cover it. He takes a couple minutes to enter information, etc. And he comes back, with news that the monitors warranty is separate from the tower. The monitor broke about one month sharp of making the warranty. That's just great.

So, I'm stressed out, as I have a paper to write. I get driven to my friends house who is borrowing my ancient about 13" CRT monitor.

I bring it over, plug it in, and voila!!! Works!!! 5 minutes, then I hear a loud staticy noise. The monitor goes black. ARRRGH!!!!

I go to my laptop, and start on my homework.

A bit later, I look back at my desktop. The ancient CRT works again. What the devil? It works, yay!

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1.) Is it just bad luck that my Flat Panel monitor blew out? Are there any possible causes, such as the power strip? The power strip was packed with things plugged in. It's a newer strip with a surge protector. I just don't want anything else to 'splode.

2.) Is it worth trying to get the flat panel fixed? I can smell burnt circuitry when I plug it in.

3.) Any ideas on a good quality monitor brand? I'm mainly looking for a 17" flat panel. Linkz?

4.) Other thoughts?

Thanks for any help! :hump:




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#2 11 years ago

Nobody?

I have a very nice small bag of rep waiting... But it's quality stuff, grade A.




Bs|Archaon

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#3 11 years ago

Christ, it's only been 4-5 hours. Most Americans are asleep at this time of day and pretty much everyone else is at school or work. Anyway:

1) It's just bad luck. Overall, in my experience LCDs haven't been as reliable as CRT monitors but it depends on the monitor. Dell's nice monitors can be properly nice, but on the flip side their cheap ones are horrible. Same with any other manufacturer; I had a cheap (at the time) NEC one that lasted about 14 months whereas we've got a (considerably) more expensive Sharp one that's lasted about 3 1/2 years now.

2) No. Prices have fallen considerably and not many people are even interested in repairing things anymore. Buy a new one.

3) Viewsonic, LG, Sharp, Samsung (not sure they do screens that small though) are all pretty good in my experience.




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#4 11 years ago

Yeah, so far I've been pretty happy with my LG. And I know a lot of people who like ViewSonic. I'm sure you can find 17inch LCDs anywhere.

Here are some at NewEgg, although, might I suggest going somewhere in your town to buy them... Could save you some money considering the shipping cost is around 13 bucks for each.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!




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#5 11 years ago

Alright, thanks guys. This weekend I'll be shopping...




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#6 11 years ago

The-Bleh-Bleh;4009922 1.) Is it just bad luck that my Flat Panel monitor blew out? Are there any possible causes, such as the power strip? The power strip was packed with things plugged in. It's a newer strip with a surge protector. I just don't want anything else to 'splode.

2.) Is it worth trying to get the flat panel fixed? I can smell burnt circuitry when I plug it in.

3.) Any ideas on a good quality monitor brand? I'm mainly looking for a 17" flat panel. Linkz?

4.) Other thoughts?

1) I don't believe in luck. :) The problem is probably just cheap manufacture and poor quality of components.

From what you have said its not going to be anything to do with the power supply.

2) Nothing these days is designed to be fixed, you just have to ditch it and buy a new one.

3) any monitors towards the top (hence expensive) end of NEC, Sharp or Samsung. Cheap stuff has cheap components and doesn't usually last for long.

4) My 19" CRT still lives! =p Its still doing the job as well as when it went in, and its staying here until it dies. Once that happens I am getting a forklift or a crane to move it, large CRT's are a little heavy.

If you have problems with the CRT, see if it has a degauss option. Most modern CRT's do, CRT's get a little upset when you move them after they have been static for a long while.




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#7 11 years ago
Freyr;40121934) My 19" CRT still lives! =p Its still doing the job as well as when it went in, and its staying here until it dies. Once that happens I am getting a forklift or a crane to move it, large CRT's are a little heavy.

LOL. I have an old 19inch CRT too, the thing weighs 56 pounds, at least.




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#8 11 years ago

I remember seeing people saying that large CRT's were heavy before I got mine. I just thought it was just the usual assortment of people that complain about the weight of paperclips and the like.

Never assume...




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#9 11 years ago

Freyr;40121931) I don't believe in luck. :) The problem is probably just cheap manufacture and poor quality of components.

From what you have said its not going to be anything to do with the power supply.

2) Nothing these days is designed to be fixed, you just have to ditch it and buy a new one.

3) any monitors towards the top (hence expensive) end of NEC, Sharp or Samsung. Cheap stuff has cheap components and doesn't usually last for long.

4) My 19" CRT still lives! =p Its still doing the job as well as when it went in, and its staying here until it dies. Once that happens I am getting a forklift or a crane to move it, large CRT's are a little heavy.

If you have problems with the CRT, see if it has a degauss option. Most modern CRT's do, CRT's get a little upset when you move them after they have been static for a long while.

Thanks a ton. Very helpful. So you think the best value is getting a higher end one that will last longer?




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#10 11 years ago

Freyr;4012605I remember seeing people saying that large CRT's were heavy before I got mine. I just thought it was just the usual assortment of people that complain about the weight of paperclips and the like.

Never assume...

Meh, 19 inchers aren't that heavy.