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Firefox Image Burned Into My LCD Monitor!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by halcour, Jul 19, 2006.

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  1. halcour

    halcour Thread Starter

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    I'm not believing this! I didn't even think this was POSSIBLE! I have a GEM LCD monitor which I leave on pretty much all the time. I don't use a screen saver because I thought LCD monitors couldn't experience burn-in. A couple of days ago I installed a black theme in Firefox and this morning the damn thing is burned into my monitor. What's up with that?

    So is this monitor now ruined?

    Harold
     
  2. JohnWill

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    I've seen LCD's with the same image on them for months, and they experienced no burn-in, so I'm somewhat confused.
     
  3. halcour

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    Exactly. I have the LCD and a CRT. The LCD almost always has Firefox on it and has been this way since I bought it a year ago w/absolutely no problem. Then a couple of days ago I installed the black theme in Firefox and I've got burn-in. I'm baffled. I thought this was a complete non-issue these days, especially w/an LCD.

    I'm going to turn it off for a while and see if that helps, but this is really weird.

    Harold
     
  4. halcour

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    Well, I've called around to a couple of computer buddies and so far the consensus is that I'm in the friggin' twilight zone, ain't nobody never heard of this happening.

    H
     
  5. JohnWill

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    I'm with your buddies, never heard of it either. ;)
     
  6. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    Have you tried changing your desktop background (perhaps to a [different] plain colour)?

    Is the ghost image always there?

    Have you tried the monitor on a different computer and likewise a different monitor on the problem computer?
     
  7. halcour

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    Yeah, I tried changing the background several times, same thing, still there. I'm gonna leave it off for a while longer, see if that helps.

    This just happened this a.m., haven't had a chance to put it on a different computer.

    Thanks,
    Harold
     
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    Pretty strange, that's a new one on me. I better be careful with all my new LCD screens. :D
     
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    do u have a screenshot or pic we can see?
     
  11. halcour

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    I turned the monitor off for about 2 hrs this morning and then checked it and the image had already faded a great deal. So I turned it off again and will try it tomorrow morning and hopefully I will not have any screenshot to show you because the cursed, evil thing will be gone gone gone!

    Time to start using screen-savers again, folks!

    Harold
     
  12. Serge_N_Gin

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    Hello Harold,

    I experienced the same problem with my iMac G5 which uses an LCD screen and had an annoying line which came and went. First they changed the MotherBoard then when the line persisted they changed the LCD screen and my fingers are crossed. I leave my computer on 24/7 and put it to sleep when I'm not on. I read the article you provided a link to and it was very informative. I hope you don't have any more trouble with annoying "Image Persistance".(y)
     

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    Good Evening All, I just happened to mention this problem to a friend that is involved with a Casino, he answered very nonchalantly "when that happens we just replace the monitors".
    So the indication was that it does happen, and moreso than might be imagined.
    And he confirmed they were LCD type monitors.

    I am slightly 'gobsmacked" I wouldn't have thought it was possible.

    A screen saver may be a good idea!

    Cheers, qldit.
     
  14. Rich-M

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    Well I have never used them but I'm starting now for sure...
     
  15. halcour

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    Well this a.m. the image is still there, but it has faded considerably. It is only visible w/certain background colors, blue seems to be the worst. With white I can't see it at all. Strange.

    The article I quoted suggested using a white background to remove the image. I can't get my damn screensaver to work (trying to find how to fix that problem in another thread) so I just set my desktop background to a white bmp I made in Paint. I moved all my icons from my LCD workspace so it's just the white background and I'm using my CRT for my workspace for now. We'll see how it goes...

    Harold
     
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