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I have a ViewSonic P95f+ (a flatscreen CRT). I just learned from ViewSonic that I should be able to get a good 6-10 years out of a [CRT] monitor. I've had this thing since about 2002.

Now, what I'm wondering is are there any signs I can watch for which signify that the end is near?

I only ask because the Top and Bottom Left purity needs to be adjusted when I turn the monitor on cold. But after about 10 minutes, maybe 20 (I have never timed it), it clears right on up.

What do you guys think? Should I start shopping for a new monitor? Or is this just the way CRTs are and I'm just now noticing it?
post #2 of 23
Could you elaborate a little more on what you mean by purity? My instinct is to say that it's just the monitor not being warmed up yet, but it could be something else.
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My old CRT is also dying I belive. When its cold its nice any fuzzy but after 5 min its ok. And the bottom right corner is turning green.
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Well. perhaps its time to start looking around, there are some nice 22'' LCd that arent that expensive.
The last CRT I had that was slow to start, ended up needing a multi attempt to get it to turn on and then. POOF.. a bright light and a scar right in the middle of the screen. So long old and great 21'' CRT. you were a great screen to game on
    
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I don't know much of anything about CRT monitors other than I don't want to go poking around in them

I've had several burn out on me though. This process usually started with getting hotter than normal a few months before they died, and when the screen was black (like while booting and such) I'd see a little smoke-like streamer inside the monitor tube. I dunno if it actually was smoke. The tubes are sealed so it would be hard to tell.

On other CRT monitors I've had one or more color guns go out. This one is easy to detect as every image will be discolored badly.

I tend to be hard on CRTs as I almost always run them at their max supported resolution and highest refresh rate, even if I have to set it manually. On my second rig I have a 17" KDS. I went in to the display properties and raised the res to max, then went to the monitor tab. The highest refresh listed was 60Hz, so I unchecked "only display modes this monitor can support" and then set it at 70Hz. It doesn't give me an error but I'm sure it isn't healthy for the thing.
 
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post #6 of 23
You shouldn't have to worry for a few more years, this Sceptre CRT is about....10 - 9 years old? It isn't showing signs of failing me.

Heres a tip: When it doesn't work, you need a new monitor.
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Signs that you're 5 years behind tech: You have a CRT monitor.

But seriously, the brightness, contrast, or lines going through the screen could all be signs.
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post #8 of 23
Sounds like it is dying. You could get another 3-4 years, or 3-4 hours.

I just replaced (like today) a 14" CRT I have had since 1996. For the past 3 years, the screen would be off center when I turned it on, but would center itself after 5 minutes or so. The colors were still fine but I noticed it was starting to get dimmer, so found a deal here for a LCD and could not be happier.
The CRT will go in the garage on the folding rig I am setting up there, so I could care less how the screen looks, so long as it turns on.
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post #9 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Retrospekt View Post
Signs that you're 5 years behind tech: You have a CRT monitor.

But seriously, the brightness, contrast, or lines going through the screen could all be signs.
I believe Fatal1ty uses a CRT monitor.
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Originally Posted by 5CheeseLasagna View Post
I have a ViewSonic P95f+ (a flatscreen CRT). I just learned from ViewSonic that I should be able to get a good 6-10 years out of a [CRT] monitor. I've had this thing since about 2002.

Now, what I'm wondering is are there any signs I can watch for which signify that the end is near?

I only ask because the Top and Bottom Left purity needs to be adjusted when I turn the monitor on cold. But after about 10 minutes, maybe 20 (I have never timed it), it clears right on up.

What do you guys think? Should I start shopping for a new monitor? Or is this just the way CRTs are and I'm just now noticing it?
I have the same exact one. It's just sitting here doing nothing now. Great crt.
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