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milkmania
01-01-2006, 11:59 PM
I thought this was worth mentioning.....

LCD Monitors have become very popular with prices coming down, and screen sized growing. Those of us that have used LCD monitors for a while know that over time the backlight starts to dim and will eventually completely fail. Leaving you with some electronic scrap that you could sell on eBay for 35 bucks or so. Well for less than $20.00 and about a half hour of your time you can replace the backlight and rejuvenate that monitor to as good as new condition. So man the surplus scrounging wagon and head out to your local school surplus or eBay!

http://www.inventgeek.com/Projects/shorts/lcdfix.aspx


cost: $15 - $25
difficulty: novice
time : .5 hours
coolness : geek resurrections

geek score: 8.0

JimN
01-02-2006, 12:32 AM
When I went to a local computer store, the guy mentioned a bad LCD monitor that was traded in. They put a stock part in it and it was good as new. Good thing to let people know about.

milkmania
01-02-2006, 12:46 AM
When I went to a local computer store, the guy mentioned a bad LCD monitor that was traded in. They put a stock part in it and it was good as new. Good thing to let people know about.

yes, especially as expensive as they are....

I don't think I could get along without my LCD:o

I would much rather work on one of these than the CRT monitors:eek:

JDK
01-02-2006, 01:00 AM
The trickiest part is figuring out how the bezel is held together, after that, these repairs are pretty easy. I've replaced a laptop lcd before, and my current one is getting noticeably dimmer. Thanks for the link.

jimmer2880
01-02-2006, 06:55 AM
Wow - thanks for the link.


Milk - other than size and weight - what's wrong with old CRT's? They are brighter, faster & can have a higher pixel ratio than LCD's. I know CRT's are "old technology", but the LCD's still have a little way to go (mainly on their speed, which unless you're an imagery analyst, you probably wouldn't even notice) before catching up to the LCD's.

That being said, My next home monitor will probably be an LCD simply for the Size and Weight issue.
;)

milkmania
01-02-2006, 08:20 AM
I first started noticing it when I had a laptop sitting on my desk beside my CRT monitor.....

ALOT less eye strain when I'd view the laptop, and I was on the kid's CRT earlier and I noticed it's not as crisp as the LCD is... and their monitor is less than a year old, using a 32mb video card with latest updates of software.

I use the Microtek 815c set at 1280x1024, and really like it

jimmer2880
01-02-2006, 10:22 AM
I first started noticing it when I had a laptop sitting on my desk beside my CRT monitor.....

ALOT less eye strain when I'd view the laptop, and I was on the kid's CRT earlier and I noticed it's not as crisp as the LCD is... and their monitor is less than a year old, using a 32mb video card with latest updates of software.

I use the Microtek 815c set at 1280x1024, and really like it

I'll agree on the eye strain... must be something with the non-reflective finish on LCD's, or the type of light used.

Then again - I'm typically on a trinitron (insert brand name here - they're all Sony under the covers) 21" usually at 1600 x 1200, or a pair of them. Also - all of our monitors are calibrated at least once a year & get swapped out if/when they start to go bad, like in your daughter's case.

atlfootr
04-09-2007, 06:46 PM
I'm heading out this week to buy 2 Brand New ViewSonic VX2035wm 20-inch LCD's :D
Found 'em at a steal w/ a additional $50 mail-in rebate per unit.

http://image.compusa.com/prodimages/50/09fb204f-fa1f-459c-b590-464b0c7825e6.gif (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/product_info.asp?pfp=BROWSE&N=200011&product_code=341247&Pn=VX2035wm_20_inch_LCD_Multimedia_Monitor)
ViewSonic VX2035wm 20-inch LCD Multimedia Monitor (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/product_info.asp?pfp=BROWSE&N=200011&product_code=341247&Pn=VX2035wm_20_inch_LCD_Multimedia_Monitor)

- Product Number: 341247
- Mfr. Part #: VX2035wm
- Brand: ViewSonic
(http://www.tmcowners.com/products/products.asp?N=200011+401378)
Was: $299.99
$249.99
SAVE $50 after:
$50.00 mail-in rebates(s) (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/product_info.asp?product_code=341247&pfp=BROWSE&tabtype=rb)

atlfootr
09-21-2007, 05:30 PM
Bought a brand new flat widescreen monitor yesterday and it jus' arrived!
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
I was down at my shoreline and heard the UPS truck pull up, I threw the grass trimmer into the lake and came runn'n up to the house to get the packaged box! Hotdamn, can't wait to open it and hook it up.

I'll take a before pic' to post of my current one that I've been using for 7-9 yrs before I toss it out in the lake as well and then a pic' of my new one :D

east tx skier
09-21-2007, 05:51 PM
Just got a 22" WS monitor myself last week. Circuit City had rebates galore. Like you, I've been using a 17" CRT since '98.

atlfootr
09-21-2007, 07:20 PM
Installing NEW ws right now ... see ya soon :D

milkmania
09-21-2007, 07:26 PM
Bought a brand new flat widescreen monitor yesterday and it jus' arrived!
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
I was down at my shoreline and heard the UPS truck pull up, I threw the grass trimmer into the lake and came runn'n up to the house to get the packaged box! Hotdamn, can't wait to open it and hook it up.

I'll take a before pic' to post of my current one that I've been using for 7-9 yrs before I toss it out in the lake as well and then a pic' of my new one :D
congrats, just advanced to twin LCD monitors here..... one on laptop, and one standalone........ don't know how I got by without it!


I've got a handy little dual monitor program that makes it so much easier to manage

dmayer84
09-21-2007, 07:42 PM
This is what you need, my desk at work The little 15 in has been replaced with a 3rd 19 in.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u9/dmayer84/desk.jpg

milkmania
09-21-2007, 07:49 PM
This is what you need, my desk at work The little 15 in has been replaced with a 3rd 19 in.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u9/dmayer84/desk.jpg

have you tried the UltraMon v.3.0.0.0 Beta 1?

handy little grabit:twocents: