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the Talking Can
07-27-2006, 09:05 AM
I've got a CRT from a 2001 Dell. Twice in the last two days the screen has shrunk, inwards, from side to side. The margins of my "screen" no longer reach the edge of the viewable area on my monitor.

I played with all the adjustments. The "H-size" is maxed out. But I've got a 1/2 inch (maybe more) of dead space on each side of my screen.

Nothing goes black, it just shrinks in a split second.

Is this a sign of some impending failure, or just some bizarre result of user idiocy?

Demonpenz
07-27-2006, 09:07 AM
is it plugged in correctly?

Saulbadguy
07-27-2006, 09:07 AM
It's ****ed.

htismaqe
07-27-2006, 09:14 AM
The tube is going bad. Happens on all CRT sets eventually.

the Talking Can
07-27-2006, 09:17 AM
The tube is going bad. Happens on all CRT sets eventually.

super

but timely, I've been looking for a new computer, guess this will finally get me to pony up...

"...rage! rage against the dying of the porn!"

Baby Lee
07-27-2006, 09:36 AM
super

but timely, I've been looking for a new computer, guess this will finally get me to pony up...

"...rage! rage against the dying of the porn!"
You CRT has lost it's second level burst.

the Talking Can
07-27-2006, 09:40 AM
I bought this Dell in 2001 for just under $1000:

20 GB hard drive
1.4 GHz Pentium
256 MB RAM
15 inch CRT

Never turned it off, except when I moved. Never had a single problem in 5 years.

Now, for between $500-$700 I can get:

160 GB hard drive
2.8 GHz Pentium (with "hyperthreading" whatever that means)
1 GB RAM
17-19 inch flat panel

god bless progress...(yeah, I know, If I built myself yadda yadda....cheaper...better)

DaFace
07-27-2006, 09:50 AM
I preface with saying that I don't recommend this.

Most CRT's have adjustment knobs somewhere on the inside that may help. You'd literally have to remove the top cover and look around. They're often glued in place. Basically it's a factory adjustment system.

The problem with this is that it may or may not help your situation. On top of that, you really can't adjust them with the monitor off, and there's all sorts of high-voltage crap in there that you could give yourself a pretty good jolt.

So buy a new monitor. :D

the Talking Can
07-27-2006, 09:53 AM
I preface with saying that I don't recommend this.

Most CRT's have adjustment knobs somewhere on the inside that may help. You'd literally have to remove the top cover and look around. They're often glued in place. Basically it's a factory adjustment system.

The problem with this is that it may or may not help your situation. On top of that, you really can't adjust them with the monitor off, and there's all sorts of high-voltage crap in there that you could give yourself a pretty good jolt.

So buy a new monitor. :D

thanks, but I don't want any part of the inside of anything electrical...I've more than got my money's worth out of this and I'll shed no tears as I pitch it for something new....

Fish
07-27-2006, 10:21 AM
The window for opportunity is quickly closing on your computer components.

You should draft a new flat panel monitor in the first round.

KcMizzou
07-27-2006, 10:40 AM
You can get a wide screen 19" LCD for around $200 now. I bought one a few months ago, and love it.

Donger
07-27-2006, 11:03 AM
You can get a wide screen 19" LCD for around $200 now. I bought one a few months ago, and love it.

I was thinking of ditching my older 4:3 CRT for a flat panel 16:9 widescreen. My question is, will the display still only show a 4:3 ratio? I assume that the PC itself puts out either 4:3 or 16:9. Is there a way to change that?

XP Home.

htismaqe
07-27-2006, 11:12 AM
I bought this Dell in 2001 for just under $1000:

20 GB hard drive
1.4 GHz Pentium
256 MB RAM
15 inch CRT

Never turned it off, except when I moved. Never had a single problem in 5 years.

Now, for between $500-$700 I can get:

160 GB hard drive
2.8 GHz Pentium (with "hyperthreading" whatever that means)
1 GB RAM
17-19 inch flat panel

god bless progress...(yeah, I know, If I built myself yadda yadda....cheaper...better)

You haven't turned it off in 5 years? Yeah, it's definitely just getting weaker. Time to get a new one.

DiaperBoy27
07-27-2006, 11:13 AM
computers are for suckers

DaFace
07-27-2006, 11:13 AM
I was thinking of ditching my older 4:3 CRT for a flat panel 16:9 widescreen. My question is, will the display still only show a 4:3 ratio? I assume that the PC itself puts out either 4:3 or 16:9. Is there a way to change that?

XP Home.

Most video cards will let you change to a 16:9 widescreen resolution, like 1280x768, when you attach a widescreen monitor.

Saulbadguy
07-27-2006, 11:13 AM
It is probably an LG Monitor. Around 2001 we got a thosuand or so of those monitors, and quite a few got the "skinny screen" thing happen to them.

Buy a flat panel.

Donger
07-27-2006, 11:22 AM
Most video cards will let you change to a 16:9 widescreen resolution, like 1280x768, when you attach a widescreen monitor.

Cool. Thanks.

the Talking Can
07-27-2006, 11:39 AM
You can get a wide screen 19" LCD for around $200 now. I bought one a few months ago, and love it.

I'm getting a whole new system. 19" flat panel is a must. The prices now are crazy low. Though digital is a few extra bucks, they try to sneak analogue past you on the "free upgrades."

the Talking Can
07-27-2006, 11:40 AM
You haven't turned it off in 5 years? Yeah, it's definitely just getting weaker. Time to get a new one.

yup...and I'm not exaggerating either...I never shut it down except for packing and shipping...