Alright, been a long time I posted in the forums for a problem I've been having. Here is my problem:
My 17" Lite-On Technologies monitor that I've had for a good 5 or 6 years has started going bad on me from what I can tell. Occasionally the video on the monitor starts to get garbled and sort of static-like near the left and right edges, sometimes it goes across the screen on the horizontal. It is hard to describe, but it started getting really bad yesterday. Its plugged into my video card via a little convertor since my Geforce 4 Ti4600 only has 2 DVI connectors (it's a gainward card). Anyways, I don't think the video card is the issue as I plugged in a 17" Viewsonic Optiquest monitor and now I don't have any of the issues yet. The Optiquest is not my monitor and therefore I have to eventually get my own. The issue only happened on the windows desktop and not in games...
Anyways, the monitor I want to get to replace it is this one - please tell me if it is a good purchase or not (I'm not interested in spending more than $300 before S&H for a monitor, so all LCD's are out of the question):
NEC/Mitsubishi 19" CRT VGA Monitor Model FE991SB-BK Retail Make a bright investment in performance with the 19” (18” viewable) NEC MultiSync FE991SB, a flat-screen CRT monitor boasting superior image quality and unprecedented brightness.
Picture Tube/Display: 19" (18.0" viewable image size),
Aperture grille pitch, 0.25-0.27mm
Horizontal Frequency 30 kHz to 96 kHz
Recommended Resolution: 1024 x 768 @ 85 Hz Max 1792 x 1344 @ 50 to 68 Hz
Signal Cable: Captive 15-pin mini D-SUB connector
Dimensions: 17.4 in. (W) x 16.7 in. (H) x 17.6 in. (D)
Manufacturer Limited Warranty: 3 Years CRT, Parts and Labor
This one is $262 at newegg.com.
Either that or I'll get this viewsonic one for $259 on newegg as well:
Sounds like the horizontal driver is breaking down. Could be the output transistor, the deflection yoke or something as simple as a dirty plug... If the monitor is fine, otherwise, you might find it economical to have it repaired.
If you are going for a new monitor, anyway, I'd suggest the NEC... better service and support and no-questions RMAs. (They've acutally read off voltage test points to me over the phone!)