Bad monitor from bad video card?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Jim Gunn, May 18, 2006.

  1. Jim Gunn

    Jim Gunn Guest

    Is it possible that a bad graphics card would make a monitor's desktop
    image quiver on screen and possibly make the monitor's sharpness
    degrade permanently over time? I have a three year old Dell 8300
    desktop and the fine detail of this 19" Dell monitor that came with it
    has noticeably degraded over time. This monitor as well as two other
    good 19" Dell monitor's that I connect to this computer all exhibit
    the same quivering of the screen when you look at small details like
    small text or finely detailed icons on screen. The older monitor is
    mushy now unlike before on *any* computer I connect it to but the new
    monitors are fine with other computers, just not the 8300. I also
    already tried plugging the monitors into different outlets, to
    eliminate that same problem with all when connected to this Dimension
    8300. I don't have any speakers very close to or other powerful
    currents around this pc. So anyone else think it could be the video
    Jim Gunn, May 18, 2006
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  2. From your description, I would guess that:

    (1) Either you *do* have a stray magnetic field (two CRT monitors close
    together can influence each other - I've seen it), or your video card
    is getting weird. My money is on external fields, but then, I never win
    the lottery...

    (2) Your original monitor is nearing the end of its life. They do that,
    and three years can be a long time for a CRT monitor.

    Gene E. Bloch, May 18, 2006
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