Update on my monitor situation, for those who care: I can’t stand the blurry text, so I’ve decided that I am going to take it back to Compusa, to either trade in for another of the same model, or if I don’t like what their demo model looks like I’ll get store credit and trade it in for a different. I could swear that the store model of this one looked fine but I looked at so many monitors I can’t remember now if I ran through some programs instead of just looking at the demo image; images look fine on this thing, and even text in images, but for some reason its character-display text that is fuzzy, and I can’t get it in complete focus in any resolution no matter how many times I fool with the settings. Sigh.

6 Responses to “Videodrone”

  1. Pixy Misa Says:

    The best thing to do is get a monitor with both VGA and DVI inputs. Your old PC won’t have DVI output, but when you upgrade (whenever that might be) your new one probably will.

    DVI just makes all those problems go away. It’s just like blammo, no more problems.

  2. andrea Says:

    You speak strange words. I know not this “DVI.”

    Seriously, I figured that my video card might be part of the problem. Though this monitor only has the one input, a standard 9-pin. But I am not buying a new videocard for this monstrous collapsing beast. The plan is actually, replace the desktop someday. Maybe with a Mac Mini. Ah, who needs food?

  3. andrea Says:

    The cheapest DVI-enabled LCD monitor at Compusa is selling for $299.98, with a mail-in rebate (I hate those), that eventually knocks 70 dollars off the price. But as I thought, I’d have to get a new graphics card. So bleh. I’ve used LCD monitors before on older (analog) connections and they looked fine, though I believe they were all 17-inchers. Oh wait, the ones I have used at work weren’t. I don’t even care about the image quality (which this article talks about) so much as the text quality. Oh I don’t know what I’m talking about. The upgrade demons are breathing down my neck, what can I say. Begone, devils!

  4. Annoying Old Guy Says:

    I presume you mean a 15-pin VGA connector.

    What you need to do is make friends with a crew of young gamers. They’ll be throwing out video cards nicer than what you have.

  5. andrea Says:

    For some reason everyone in my current milieu is even more computer-ignorant than I am, and I’m not really a sociable person anyway. Also, gamers get on my nerves; I hung out with too many of them in the past until I couldn’t stand it anymore. (Sorry, all of you readers who are also gamers, but that’s just the way it is.) Besides, I don’t want to upgrade my current machine at all, it’s really not worth it (the new monitor is actually supposed to be a precursor to a whole brand-new desktop).

    Right now I have these concerns: small physical footprint, hence my wanting 15 inch LCD monitor, instead of the now standard 17 inch, though I have the feeling that’s what I’m going to end up with — oh well, they aren’t that much bigger); and on-screen text that looks at least as clear as it does on the 10-inch black and white screen on my ancient 486SX laptop that I have running DOS and Windows for Workgroups.

  6. Pixy Misa Says:

    Damn, $300? That’s expensive. Never mind then.

    I paid just over $300 for mine, and that’s Australian dollars, including 10% sales tax. But if your new monitor is working okay, then you don’t need to worry about DVI.

    DVI is a digital cable, so you don’t have to tweak any settings. There’s not much difference between a good VGA monitor and a DVI monitor, but there’s a huge difference between a bad VGA monitor and DVI.