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Deceased monitor

My parents’ monitor gave up the ghost last week. I didn’t post about it until today just in case it was something like a loose cable, but now I’ve checked it over, it does appear to have died rather horribly. It turns on, and will make the usual clicking noises when plugged in, but won’t actually display anything on the screen. Which doesn’t make it particularly useful.
The thing is, this monitor isn’t particularly old, either. They got it in May 2002, so it’s only 2 1/2 years old. I got my first laptop only a couple of week later so it hasn’t exactly been used much either – just by my mum checking her email now and again and my dad working with his digital photos. So quite why it has died so soon, I don’t know, especially as it’s a Relisys and they’re supposed to be good. The cheap Fujitsu one that it replaced got far more usage and that lasted much longer.
But as the system as a whole is now nearly 6 years old, rather than just tag a spangly new monitor onto a somewhat decrepid and underpowered system, my parents are after a whole new system. Nothing too special, but I’m guessing they’re after something that can do everything their current system can but a bit faster. And with a TFT screen. We’re off to PC World tomorrow to get something.

2 Comments

  1. PC World? Urghhh – wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole (overpriced, underspeced, underhelpful etc).
    Personally, I either buy my machines from Dell (just picked up a “cheap” 2.8 celeron with printer and 15″ montior and 64mb USB key for under 350ukp: if you want even cheaper, try http://www.dell.co.uk/outlet ) or try your local “computer shop” (not a PC World style boxshifter).
    That’s my recommendation anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. IS THEIR MONITOR IN A HIGH-SHOCK AREA? I LOST A BRAND NEW MONITOR TO A GOOD STATIC SHOCK A FEW YEARS AGO.
    MY COMPANY HAS SWITCHED TO SAMSUNG TFTS, A PRODUCT THAT I’VE USED AND LOVED FOR YEARS.
    HAPPY CAPS LOCK DAY FROM RENO, NEVADA!