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Computer Supplier for flat screens

VileReynard
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Computer Supplier for flat screens

Can anyone suggest a reasonably good, but cheap supplier for a flat screen?
Mine seems to be on the way out (only two years old), so I'm looking for a replacement that should not cost too much more than £100.
Ideally it will be wide screen - perhaps 22" - although I realize that I'll probably have to settle for 19" at that price.

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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151395/show_product_reviews a little above your budget but recommended.
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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128036/show_product_reviews if you don't mind a no-name branded one. Lot of good reviews.
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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Warranty support on ViewSonic is good, I have returned about a dozen in the last year  Sad
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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Have a look here.

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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Personally I like to use dabs. www.dabs.com
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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Thanks for all those ideas.
I'm truly spoilt for choice.  Grin
I suspect that the reason my current screen is dying is that I've left it switched on
for the last two years (either on or on standby).
I do that to CRT's and I've got one that's fine after 5 years another that's OK after about 7 years.
To make it go I have to switch it off and on again when I want to use it.
I suspect I'll also have to replace my SVGA cable.

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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Whats up with the current screen? - Is it refusing to power up?
Sometimes the power supply blows some caps which need replacing... Simple fix and it keeps another monitor off the trash pile.
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Well it's a bit strange Smiley
It's still holding out - which is why I'm still deferring buying a new screen.
I generally leave it on standby overnight.
When I power on the PC, the screen gets kicked into action.
It displays the DRMI dettings (with a background picture),
Then the BIOS loads in the settings for my SCSI drive.
Then it goes black (this is normal).
It should then switch from a character style screen to full SVGA to display a graphical the loading bar for my Linux (Ubuntu) OS.
[The OS loads correctly - but the screen appears dead].
The Power light for the screen pulses during this dead period.
If I switch off the screen for a few seconds, and back on it fixes the problem.
This fix keeps the screen operational for the rest of the session.
I don't feel up to delving into monitor power supplies (even flat screen ones)!

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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Quote from: Axis
It should then switch from a character style screen to full SVGA to display a graphical the loading bar for my Linux (Ubuntu) OS.
[The OS loads correctly - but the screen appears dead].
The Power light for the screen pulses during this dead period.
If I switch off the screen for a few seconds, and back on it fixes the problem.
This fix keeps the screen operational for the rest of the session.

That looks possibly like the X server is setting up a screen mode that your screen either can't handle or is sending it to sleep for some reason. When the screen is blank does holding down the Ctrl and Alt keys together then repeatedly pressing - or + cause anything to be displayed (this switches between any modelines in the X config file)?
Mike
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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

I will try it - the problem is that once "fixed" even switching the PC off for a couple of hours,
then restarting usually results in a "fixed" state (i.e. no special action is necessary).
I haven't tried booting in low graphics mode either. Smiley
"High" video should be 1280 x 1024 (75Hz I think).
If you are interested in a really nasty xorg.conf file (my screen is seen as CRT-0, the real screen details are not picked up):-
Quote
# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings:  version 1.0  (buildd@yellow)  Thu Jun  5 09:27:12 UTC 2008
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 1.0  (buildmeister@builder26)  Thu Feb 14 18:13:41 PST 2008
# /etc/X11/xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the /etc/X11/xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man /etc/X11/xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
#  sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier    "Default Layout"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#    InputDevice    "Generic Keyboard"
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#    InputDevice    "Configured Mouse"
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#    InputDevice    "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#    InputDevice    "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#    InputDevice    "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
EndSection
Section "Files"
# path to defoma fonts
    FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi"
    FontPath        "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi"
    FontPath        "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
EndSection
Section "Module"
    Load          "i2c"
    Load          "bitmap"
    Load          "ddc"
    Load          "extmod"
    Load          "freetype"
    Load          "int10"
    Load          "type1"
    Load          "vbe"
    Load          "v4l"
    Load          "glx"
EndSection
Section "ServerFlags"
    Option        "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier    "Generic Keyboard"
#    Driver        "kbd"
#    Option        "CoreKeyboard"
#    Option        "XkbRules" "xorg"
#    Option        "XkbModel" "pc105"
#    Option        "XkbLayout" "gb"
#EndSection
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier    "Configured Mouse"
#    Driver        "mouse"
#    Option        "CorePointer"
#    Option        "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
#    Option        "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
#    Option        "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
#    Option        "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
#EndSection
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#Section "InputDevice"
#
## /dev/input/event
## for USB
#    Identifier    "stylus"
#    Driver        "wacom"
#    Option        "Device" "/dev/wacom"# Change to
#    Option        "Type" "stylus"
#    Option        "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"# Tablet PC ONLY
#EndSection
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#Section "InputDevice"
#
## /dev/input/event
## for USB
#    Identifier    "eraser"
#    Driver        "wacom"
#    Option        "Device" "/dev/wacom"# Change to
#    Option        "Type" "eraser"
#    Option        "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"# Tablet PC ONLY
#EndSection
# commented out by update-manager, HAL is now used
#Section "InputDevice"
#
## /dev/input/event
## for USB
#    Identifier    "cursor"
#    Driver        "wacom"
#    Option        "Device" "/dev/wacom"# Change to
#    Option        "Type" "cursor"
#    Option        "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"# Tablet PC ONLY
#EndSection
Section "Monitor"
    Identifier    "Hanns.G HX19"
    VendorName    "Plug 'n' Play"
    ModelName      "Plug 'n' Play"
    HorizSync      30.0 - 85.0
    VertRefresh    60.0 - 125.0
    Gamma          1
    ModeLine      "640x480@60" 25.2 640 656 752 800 480 490 492 525 -hsync -vsync
    ModeLine      "640x480@72" 31.5 640 664 704 832 480 489 491 520 -hsync -vsync
    ModeLine      "640x480@75" 31.5 640 656 720 840 480 481 484 500 -hsync -vsync
    ModeLine      "800x600@56" 36.0 800 824 896 1024 600 601 603 625 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "800x600@72" 50.0 800 856 976 1040 600 637 643 666 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "800x600@75" 49.5 800 816 896 1056 600 601 604 625 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "800x600@60" 40.0 800 840 968 1056 600 601 605 628 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "832x624@75" 57.3 832 864 928 1152 624 625 628 667 -hsync -vsync
    ModeLine      "1024x768@75" 78.8 1024 1040 1136 1312 768 769 772 800 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "1024x768@70" 75.0 1024 1048 1184 1328 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
    ModeLine      "1024x768@60" 65.0 1024 1048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
    ModeLine      "1152x864@75" 108.0 1152 1216 1344 1600 864 865 868 900 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "1280x1024@75" 135.0 1280 1296 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1066 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "1280x960@60" 102.1 1280 1360 1496 1712 960 961 964 994 -hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "1280x1024@60" 108.0 1280 1328 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1066 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "1280x960@75" 129.9 1280 1368 1504 1728 960 961 964 1002 -hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "1400x1050@60" 122.6 1400 1488 1640 1880 1050 1051 1054 1087 -hsync +vsync
    ModeLine      "1600x1200@60" 162.0 1600 1664 1856 2160 1200 1201 1204 1250 +hsync +vsync
    Option        "DPMS"
EndSection
Section "Monitor"

    Identifier    "monitor1"
    Gamma          1
EndSection
Section "Monitor"
    Identifier    "Monitor0"
    VendorName    "Unknown"
    ModelName      "CRT-0"
    HorizSync      38.0 - 81.0
    VertRefresh    63.0 - 90.0
EndSection
Section "Device"
    Identifier    "NVIDIA Corporation NVIDIA Default Card"
    Driver        "nvidia"
    VendorName    "NVIDIA"
    BoardName      "NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series"
    BusID          "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen          0
EndSection
Section "Device"

    Identifier    "device1"
    Driver        "nvidia"
    VendorName    "NVIDIA"
    BoardName      "NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series"
    BusID          "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen          1
EndSection
Section "Device"
    Identifier    "Videocard0"
    Driver        "nvidia"
    VendorName    "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce 7300 GS"
EndSection
Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Default Screen"
    Device        "NVIDIA Corporation NVIDIA Default Card"
    Monitor        "Hanns.G HX19"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option        "AddARGBVisuals" "True"
    Option        "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
    Option        "NoLogo" "True"
    SubSection    "Display"
#      Virtual    1280 1024
# "832x624@75" "800x600@60" "800x600@75" "800x600@72" "800x600@56"
# "640x480@75" "640x480@72" "640x480@60"
        Depth      24
        Modes      "1280x1024@60" "1280x960@75" "1280x960@60" "1400x1050@60" "1280x1024@75" "1600x1200@60" "1152x864@75" "1024x768@60" "1024x768@70" "1024x768@75"
    EndSubSection
EndSection
Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "screen1"
    Device        "device1"
    Monitor        "monitor1"
    DefaultDepth    24
EndSection
Section "Screen"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "1024x768@60 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "1024x768 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "1280x800 +0+0"
#  Option        "TwinView" "0"
#  Option        "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-0"
#  Option        "metamodes" "1280x800 +0+0; 1024x768_60 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "1152x864_75 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "1280x1024 +0+0; 1152x864_75 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "1152x864 +0+0; 1152x864_75 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "1280x1024_75 +0+0; 1152x864_75 +0+0; 1152x864 +0+0; 800x600 +0+0"
    Identifier    "Screen0"
    Device        "Videocard0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option        "TwinView" "0"
    Option        "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-0"
    Option        "metamodes" "1280x1024_75 +0+0; 1152x864_75 +0+0; 1152x864 +0+0; 800x600 +0+0; 1024x768_70 +0+0"
EndSection

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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

Quote from: MrC
That looks possibly like the X server is setting up a screen mode that your screen either can't handle or is sending it to sleep for some reason. When the screen is blank does holding down the Ctrl and Alt keys together then repeatedly pressing - or + cause anything to be displayed (this switches between any modelines in the X config file)?
Mike

Unfortunately it didn't help - but it's a useful thing to know - I'll add it to my list of useful tips.

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Re: Computer Supplier for flat screens

* An update *
I've bought my self a wide screen 22" Iiyama screen for about £130  Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
Came with all connectors etc so I have replaced my VGA connections with DVI  Smiley
Hoping that Iiyama's flat screens are as good as their CRT's.