Apparently my monitor is dying...

Joined: September 12th, 2014, 3:32 am

April 17th, 2018, 2:07 am #21

TheFnord wrote: My 2 cents as to what the problem might be - the backlight. Doc, next time the monitor comes up 'blank', try shining a bright light on the screen and see if you can discern an image. It could be the cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (located along one or both top / bottom) or its inverter PCB have failed. Some, not all, LCD screens have the CCFL arranged such that they can be slid out for replacement.
That's a possibility. It could also be the HV assembly that's failing as well. Both are not exactly repair jobs for amateurs, especially if it's the backlight bulbs- one has to completely dismantle the screen for that, which is also not a repair job for amateurs. (I had a friend who owned a computer shop and did work on them, but it was extremely fiddly, and he only did it as a bit of a last resort.)

If it's the high voltage assembly, those can sometimes be obtained without too much hassle and swapped as a unit- there's some nasty voltages sneaking around in it, and you can give yourself a good jolt if you aren't careful.
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: April 15th, 2003, 12:28 pm

April 17th, 2018, 5:59 am #22

My main station: 

2 of these ViewSonic VA2855SMH 28" (https://amzn.to/2J2BuZQ) , and an XP-Pen 22 tablet ( https://amzn.to/2H510kR ) all driven by a GTX 1070 4gb card, and 3x displayport setup via this little dongle: https://amzn.to/2H7DOyk

Mounted on a dual screen arm, and great for graphics and cad type work. They calibrate great with the spyder pro and some open source software that's name escapes me at the moment. 

When I get my desk and office finished, Im thinking of adding a screen out in the shed, which is adjacent to us, that can swing down and we can have get togethers with my friends who help out in the shop, watch some hockey or whatnot. 

Do need to replace my 2 workstation screens here int eh shop, they are both handmedown 23" screens and the color is horrid on them (which is a big issue here) 
__
Designer / maker of Jeep gauges and assorted automotive bits and baubles.
TeamADW.com
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: April 15th, 2003, 12:28 pm

April 17th, 2018, 6:02 am #23

Oh, tried that TV as a cheap alternative to a monitor thing... and it sucks for scaling things like text. Windows wasnt much fun to use, nor were any of my graphics programs. And I didnt cheap out too much, I thought. It was actually about the same to get a good screen (like the 2 above) from Amazon, as opposed to getting those tvs from walmart. Plus, most monitors have VESA mounts. 

I know Amazon has issues shipping up to Alaska, but if you needed something shipped, I can see what I can do as cheap as possible Doc. 
__
Designer / maker of Jeep gauges and assorted automotive bits and baubles.
TeamADW.com
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 17th, 2018, 8:41 am #24

Thanks Azzy, but I think I have it covered.

This morning, she refused to come up at all. Every time I cycled the power button (on the monitor) I'd get half a second of the full screen (with all the icons and my desktop and such) and it'd wink back off. It's almost certainly the backlight, but I absolutely do NOT have time to screw with it right now.

I had to light out before I'd even had breakfast and picked up a new monitor from one of the local big-box stores. Which proved to be more of a problem than I'd expected- Walmart only had one monitor. Not "left in stock", one spare monitor, period. They don't bother carrying much anymore, which I suppose makes sense since they don't carry any desktops either. All they have is laptops and tablets.

The one they had was some way off-brand 22" piece of crap. The other box store carried exactly twice as many- a 27" HP, and a 24" widescreen format Acer. But, they were out of stock on the HP (and the demo model was ghosting) so I was pretty much stuck with the Acer.

But it's not bad for $130, and got me back up and running with a minimum of hassle. Which was important because today was loaded. I had the PC back up and running by 9:30, had my postage printed and was out the door by a quarter-'til. I didn't get back in from the shop (except for a quick lunch break) 'til well after 11 PM.

The Acer is nice and clear, but I'm not thrilled with the "widescreen" format- it's actually about 2" shorter than my 24" Dell.

I'll set the Dell aside and maybe try and fix it, or just throw it on Craigslist for somebody else to fix. I have a LOT on my plate right now. And at some point later this summer, I'll probably grab that pair of Dell 27's and finally get this desk set up right. 😁

Doc.
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: April 15th, 2003, 12:28 pm

April 17th, 2018, 4:56 pm #25

Multiple big monitors is the way to go, although those 48" curved deals do look tempting, and going to 4K wouldn't be horrible, aside form Im pushing the limit with this platform as it is. Only recently moved to a first gen I7 (1156 board) and think 32gb of ram is all it will do, but still pushing a lot of info through older architecture. At least PDF rendering, which is a huge part of my printing workstream, doesn't take 30 minutes now. 
__
Designer / maker of Jeep gauges and assorted automotive bits and baubles.
TeamADW.com
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: August 14th, 2017, 10:03 pm

April 18th, 2018, 3:09 am #26

I picked up this monitor (ASUS PB278Q 27" WQHD 2560x1440 IPS) a couple years ago, it's amazing.  Great for photo work.  
Reply
Like
Share

Joined: October 2nd, 2014, 6:07 am

Yesterday, 7:24 pm #27

with dell monitors google who makes them and also look at what panel is in the monitor your looking at. with todays ips panels they can be matt or glossy. if your doing photos some look better then others.
Reply
Like
Share