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Solved: Monitor colour problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by impune24, Mar 17, 2005.

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  1. impune24

    impune24 Thread Starter

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    My monitor lives in a garden shed. Normally, there is a heater in there, but i have not worked out there much this winter :( - getting too old to get cold in the winter (no, not THAT old). Anyway, I went out to print something the other day, docked the laptop, and the TFT monitor came up in just shades of red, no blues or greens or yellows at all. panic stations. colours were fine on the laptop. Printed fine, too. next day, no picture at all on monitor. Two days later (warmer weather now), no problem, everthing back to normal.

    Am completely baffled. What's going on? It's nearly out of warranty so I don't want to waste time, but it's a bit of a trek back to PCWorld to complain if I havent got a problem.

    Anybody understand this?

    Thanks a million! ;)
     
  2. blues_harp28

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    I think you may be answering your own problem.
    Hot one day,cold the next.
    Others may have a more contructive answer..
    What system are you using?
     
  3. impune24

    impune24 Thread Starter

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    XP and a decent - quite expensive - Phillips TFT. is it really that simple? Technology never ceases to amaze and entertain, does it? :confused:
     
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    Yes it does, any chance of fixing the heater and keeping a constant temperature?
     
  5. impune24

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    Yes, of course - and if i've done no permanent harm by leaving the poor thing in Siberian temperatures, so much the better. :eek:
     
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    I apologize if you feel I am not taking your problem seriously.
    Others may be more helpful..watch this space..
     
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    :eek: Sorry- that was not what I meant at all. I am very annoyed with myself for risking the kit by forgetting about temperature control. What worries me is whether this is something normal and it has just recovered, or whether it is a problem now. I wish I understood better what actually happened.
     
  8. kiwiguy

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    You cannot rule out a temperature sensitive monitor fault, but as we do not know what temperature you refer to as "cold" its all very speculative.

    If the monitor was being operated within its rated temperature specifications, then its a problem. If it was being operated outside those specifications it is not a problem you can complain to the suppliers about.
     
  9. impune24

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    It was down to 1 or 2 degrees, lower at night. Today, by comparison, it was +19 degrees (all Celsius). The joys of the British winter. Now I think about it, this is the TFT's first winter. I guess I'd better see what happens for a while - I'll leave this thread open. Thanks both for your help. :confused:
     
  10. Arcadion

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    Most likely the problem was caused by heat stress breaking solder joints inside the screen, or condensation caused by the low temperatures, which eventually dried out.
     
  11. blues_harp28

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    Living in the UK also, today was like a summers day but at night that drop in temperature
    must have an effect on your machine,hope that no lasting damage was done.
    You take care..
     
  12. impune24

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    I hope, of those two, that it was condensation. Otherwise I'm in trouble. :eek:
     
  13. impune24

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    [ I've learned my lesson. The heater's on, and it stays on. Hope I've got away with this! :rolleyes:
     
  14. impune24

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    (y) The solution was really simple - the office laptop/docking station combo (entirely different kit from different manufacturer) did the same thing and a colleague, walking past said, oh, you probably haven't undocked for a while, so there is a bit of dust or corrosion on the contacts on the docking station and when you re-dock, it does that. He blew on the contacts, shook it a bit, rebooted in a masterful way, and BINGO! did the same at home, same effect. Bliss oh joy. Now I feel even dumber!
     
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