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    Re: Popping Monitor

    I would suggest it has reached the end of its useful life. The pop could have been one of a number of components exploding, but it is unlikely to be simply a matter of replacing it alone. Apart from the likelihood that the rest of the electronics will also be reaching their best before date, the failure of one ore more components can take out others in the circuit when they go.
    Considering its age, you've probably done quite well.

    I'll leave the recommendations to more knowledgeable souls!

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    Popping Monitor

    Last night my monitor started to pop! As it popped the video image expanded 10-15% and then slowly returned to normal - and then it popped again. A final loud pop <img src=/S/overclocking.gif border=0 alt=overclocking width=99 height=47> and it slowly went dark - and stayed dark. Turning off (leaving for an hour) and back on didn't accomplish anything. I think it is now an expensive paper weight.

    Any loungers with similar experiences? Is it likely to be worth-while to have repaired? It is over six years old and although expensive when I bought it can be replaced fairly cheaply.

    The info on my Video connector says "ADC and DVI (dual display capable). DVI to VGA adaptor included, so it would seem that I have a choice of connectors. Does it matter? I would guess that DVI is the most available followed by VGA. What would you guys recommend here?

    A round of <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> for all helpfull advice!

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    Re: Popping Monitor

    I agree with Leif - as in most electronics, fixing them is easy - if you have a steady hand - troubleshooting them is where the technical skills and knowledge come in, and those manhours is where the costs to repair really climb. But even if your local technician is able to find the faulty component(s) and repair it at a reasonable cost, as a technician myself, I know that it is likely other components were stressed while the popping was going on - popping usually means there was a "short" - a direct connection to ground (Earth) where there should not have been. Ohms Law says when Resistance goes down (the short), current goes up - and so does heat. So the pop was either a component going bad on its own, or another failure elsewhere caused damaging high current to flow, destroying the components you heard). Often, surviving components, though still within specifications, may have been aged (heat does that) a great deal and you are likely to have more failures in the future. Not always the case - but often enough - and with a monitor already 6 years old, the odds are against you.

    BTW, I would not try to turn it on again - you do not want to damage your video card plugging in a known bad device.

    I think I would take this opportunity to look at a nice 17" or 19" LCD Flat Panel. The colors are amazing, and with ClearType enabled (in XP) text is almost as good as the best CRTs (but easy to get used to). Not to mention they have a much smaller footprint, consume much less power (which means it can go on an UPS with the PC - always nice to see what you are doing), and they are not mini-furnaces heating up the room. Something to think about. Getting a good one now will carry you through a PC upgrade or two as well (I am trying to give you enough ammo to convince the one who holds the purse strings - if not you!).
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    Re: Popping Monitor

    Thanks Bill (and thanks to Leif as well).

    As soon as I get off work I'm off to the Media Markt (tm) to see what they have got on sale in a LCD Flat panel. I'm running a different OS at home <img src=/S/pcvmac.gif border=0 alt=pcvmac width=137 height=30> but I'm sure your arguments apply as well.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Popping Monitor

    Okay - and if your video card supports DVI - or if planning to upgrade video cards in the next year or two, I would ensure the new monitor supports it too - not all do.
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    Re: Popping Monitor

    If cost is an issue Bowlie, then I would certainly advise replacing the monitor. It would probably be cheaper to buy a new CRT than it would be to get yours repaired.

    If however, cost isn't so much of an issue, then I'd agree with the other people in this thread- go for a TFT. All CRTs support VGA connectors, and most TFTs support both VGA and DVI. Connectors shouldn't be an issue.
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    Re: Popping Monitor

    With all the money you would save by not buying another Mac, you could put towards a spectacularly-enormous LCD monitor! <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Popping Monitor

    Whooo - ooooh! A LG Flatron 19" <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>!!!! Not only is it spectacularly-enourmous, it looks great with my PowerMac!

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