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Monitor with potential loose connections

MugenmidgetMugenmidget Registered User regular
edited March 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
One of my monitors from 1995 randomly seems like it's losing colors, and the screen will tint purple (most common), bleed/flash red, or go blue. This can actually be fixed to some extent (and sometimes the full extent) with a light tap, making me think there is some kind of loose connection internally.

My question is whether or not this is actually worth repairing, or if there's a nice compact monitor that I could replace it with for cheaper? Here's an example of what the monitor I have now is like, although this one has quite a few differences:

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But the one I have is similar in that it's a Compaq monitor of 15 inches with speakers on the side, which means I would also have to buy a speaker set to go with a new monitor if I indulged in one. Is there a good alternative monitor solution available, or should I look into having those internal connections fixed?

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    JHunzJHunz Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    The first thing you should do is try switching out your monitor cable, because that is a hell of a lot cheaper than a new monitor, and can be the cause of that sort of problem.

    That said, if the problem is the monitor itself, getting it repaired is probably going to cost you as much as or more than a new similar monitor. On Newegg, there are 15 inch LCDs with speakers going from $155+.

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    EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited March 2007
    having the internal connections fixed would probably cost you more than buying an equivalently-sized modern LCD along with newer, higher quality computer speakers.

    Old CRTs wear out, and those cheaper computer monitors are generally worked harder than TV monitors. It could be a loose connection, or it could be a part that's about to go that, when tapped or jostled, completes a connection enough to come back from the dead for a bit longer. It sounds like your monitor is in its last throes, and dropping a few hundred to get it fixed would, IMO, be a waste of money. Especially as fixing the faulty part(s) wouldn't address any other faulty parts that simply havent' broken yet on a 10+ yr old monitor.

    7 years ago, you could buy a 17" CRT monitor w/ speakers on eBay for like $20, plus a buttload of shipping due to the weight. There's a reason that LCDs have replaced them in pretty much every way.

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