So, I'm about to have to lay out some cash on a new monitor. This 17" LCD (less than five years old) is dying. When powering on, the screen just displays garbage until it warms up or something (didn't think LCD's had anything to warm up, but that is nonetheless the behavior it displays) and then the normal picture appears.
I'd chalk it up as my video card dying... but it only happens when the monitor has been off -- never any other time. Every day it takes longer for the picture to show than the previous day.
First day was only about ten seconds; this evening when I hit the button after getting up it took three minutes and change. Interestingly, during the garbage phase, the menu and auto-adjust buttons, zey do nusink.
This annoys me. As I type this, there sits behind me on a cheap particle board "tv stand" an Orion 13" television, bought for me by my dad in the latter part of 1996. Aside from having been used so much the paint is worn off the power button, it still works like the day it was new.
For some reason computer monitors never last, though. Damned programmed obsolescence.
Was in Best Buy a couple weeks ago; my dad wanted me along as consultant when he was buying a new laptop, and I had plenty of time to kill while he was talking to the sales moron.
I should note: I buy locally because I trust UPS with fragile electronics less than I'd trust a hippy with my wallet. I cannot speak for them on a national level, but the local UPS depot has a horrific percentage of damaged merchandise -- and what they don't damage, they have a good chance of stealing. So, I pay the "extra" and get it locally where I have someone to bitch at in person if it's broken.
Anyway. Saw in Best Buy they had several 21 - 23" wide screen LCD and LED monitors in the two Commstar bill and change range...
...What's that? You don't know what a Commstar bill is or why that's funny? Ugh, kids today...
So decently big monitors appear to be in the $200 range, and I'm thinking much as I don't want to blow the money, rather than cheaping out and getting another 17" model, I'll just cut to chase and buy a bigger HD model. I think I had it figured up that 23" was the biggest my desk will handle; so I'll probably get the 21 or 22" to leave a bit of buffer around the monitor (and so I can slide it back to keep it out of my face -- my eyes are bad enough as it is).
Seems like every time I get ahead, something is breaking. I'll tell you this, though: the PC industry is lucky I like my girls so much; if not for them, I'd have given up anything beyond the most casual of gaming years ago and would probably be rocking a netbook right now.
For the time being, I've activated a screensaver; and only turn the monitor off when I crash for the night/day/whenever I'm about to keel over. Haven't been able to get into the city; and the local Wal-Mart carries monitors... but their employees are the people too stupid to get jobs at UPS.
Well, I did want that spiffy Westinghouse 23" LEDHDLMNOP monitor I saw a few months ago for optimum Skyrim pretties... but damned if I don't resent the hell out of being forced to upgrade.
Goodbye, 458 SOCOM upper for my Colt...