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Old 07-16-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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A "new" monitor :)

We got blasted with a severe storm this week. I suppose this was the same system that headed east.

I needed (as opposed to "wanted") to get some financial things done, but when I went to the desktop... poof! No display.

I have/had quite a large NEC CRT monitor that was expensive in the late 90s and served me well, but because it is so old, that's what I guessed was the problem (the computer itself went through the POST sequence perfectly, if you ignore all the craziness Windows wants when you boot).

After thinking about it, I decided to go find a cheap monitor that could do the job for a few months. If that didn't fix it, the video in the PC was the next suspect (Mean Mr. Mustard).

I found a local repair shop that has a good rep/reviews and a half hour later carried out a used Samsung, which, when I hooked it up, said "Howdy sailor - come here often?". Kidding...

It cost $50, which is worth it to me to limp along through September. Now I can get the bills paid!
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:49 PM   #2
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I should have put that post in the "What did you do today?" thread. You've heard this before: oops
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:58 PM   #3
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Plenty of used equipment out their with good service life remaining.
Good on ya for doing your part for recycling!
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Recycling rocks! That same shop will do it responsibly.

But I'm not looking forward to lifting that CRT
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Think I've carried off the last CRT to the electronics recycling. I have 3 Dell LCDs in my home office. Usually just one is on. I was measuring different heat sources with a digital thermometer, and the LCD monitor was 88 degrees F. If I still had the Triniton beast, the a/c would probably run for hours.

I think at some interval you have to give up the old electronics as it makes no financial sense to keep it powered on for 8-12 hours a day.
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All the CRTs are gone at my place. Now I have one LED monitor (ASUS, the one I use) for my desktop. I have another LCD monitor (Emachine, refurbished but has real good resolution), plus an old 15 inch Dell that I picked up for $20 at a Goodwill a few years back.
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Think I've carried off the last CRT to the electronics recycling. I have 3 Dell LCDs in my home office. Usually just one is on. I was measuring different heat sources with a digital thermometer, and the LCD monitor was 88 degrees F. If I still had the Triniton beast, the a/c would probably run for hours.

I think at some interval you have to give up the old electronics as it makes no financial sense to keep it powered on for 8-12 hours a day.
I have a very old school computer desk with a bookshelf ( place for the cats to hang out) above. In the winter , I drag out a very old Dell 19" CRT . It makes a great heater , and the cats fight for position over the heater , uh, I mean CRT Monitor.
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Though I currently have 5 LCD computer screens in the home (not counting the laptops), I still keep the big 22" CRT for nostalgic reasons. In the late 90s, that monster cost more than $2K, and displayed a beautiful 1600x1200 resolution. Many thousands of hours were spent writing code and laying out PCB on that screen.

Its depth requires a big and deep desk, so that it does not stick out in your face. You almost have to cut a hole in the wall to stick its rear end into.


PS. Ever since I stopped work, even the LCDs are not turned on much anymore. For the few occasions when I need to turn on the tower PCs, I use Remote Desktop to run them from my laptop. I can even turn the PCs on/off remotely through the laptop (the tower PCs are upstairs).
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Glad you found a nice, cheap replacement monitor that you like! Paying your bills generally has a better outcome than not paying them.
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Well sailor, you do come here often.
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Glad you found a nice, cheap replacement monitor that you like! Paying your bills generally has a better outcome than not paying them.

I know! Who wants their thumbs broken?
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Recycling rocks! That same shop will do it responsibly.
Some state and county prisons used to do that... (I don't know HOW REW let that one go by ).

I have one CRT left, my present TV. My CRT monitors seemed to have lasted forever. The View Sonic professional finally became finicky, I replaced it with a LG Flatron LCD, which only lasted a few years. And in that few years, the LCD monitor market went to the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Not what I wanted. I need to read stuff with a lower screen res so characters are reasonably big. To get a similar vertical viewing area that I had, I would have to get a big big diagonal measurement in a wide-screen, which would take up all the room horizontally. I was able to find a 5:4 aspect ratio LCD with LED backlight and the same vertical viewing area from... DELL, of all places! Ordered one up through a distributor, and have been happy with it.
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