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Dr. Peaceful Jun 24, 2005, 10:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My LCD is starting to go bad after just 2.5 years of use. Time after time, it display a "bright haze" instead of any graphics. It's a KDS 15" TFT LCD. It's not the video card, because the problem stays when the computer is completely off. The only fix to it right now is, very un-professionally, gentle beating(s) to the back of the monitor. :-) I guess a lose connection of some kind. I will open it to take a look and get rid of the dust (not much) when I have time. But really, I am no electrician.

I had a generic CRT few years ago, that went bad after just 3.5 years of use. It blacked out often and was flashing badly. One of my relative's Sony Trinitron CRT displayed unusually blue after less than 4 years of use. Quite of few of CRTs in my company displayed unusually dim after 5 years of abuse.

I want to start a consensus here, to see what's the durability of computer monitors, both LCDs and CRTs. Any input is welcome.


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Richard Jun 24, 2005, 11:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
I sat in front of a 3 year old Samsung, whihc is fine.

And a 10 year old Panasonic, which has it's brightness all the way up but is still OK.


Michael Paladin Jun 24, 2005, 11:40am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
I still have a Phillips 14C which I bought at least 15 years ago for my Amiga setup. Still fine. A Sony Trinitron about 8yrs. Viglen about 7yrs and a CTX which I have owned for about 5yrs, but was old and used when I got it.


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owen jordan Jun 24, 2005, 12:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
my monitor lasted like 6 or 7 years

Greg M Jun 24, 2005, 01:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
I have a KDS 17" CRT that is nearing the 8 year old mark, and it still works GREAT... The one I currently use.

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Dr. Peaceful Jun 24, 2005, 04:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
So far the post showed longer lasting monitors than I had experienced. We need a bigger population size, keep on posting! Please specify whether it's LCD or CRT, thanks.

Mark Robinson Jun 24, 2005, 06:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
Hitachi, crt 21 inch - had for past 6 - 7 years - still using it - still looks great

you should get a least 5 years I would think with any monitor, but they do seam to make them cheaper everyday.

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David Jun 24, 2005, 06:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
My generic TFT 15" has lasted 2 years and counting with no problems.

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Adam Kolak Jun 24, 2005, 06:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
STILL ALIVE:
1. I have a Dell 1504FP 15" Digital LCD which i bought 2 years, and 2 months ago and its been working fine the entire time.

2. I also have a Compaq 171FS 17" CRT which will be 10 years old next year, and half of those years MCI used it, i got it from a guy who works for MCI, and they were throwing out all of there old PCs. So I took one of the moniters, and its working great.

I have these 2 moniters on a Dual screen setup which extends the desktop accross the 2 moniters.

Moniters THAT DIED:
1. Gateway 15" CRT, that went dead about 3 years ago, and it was only 6 or 7 years old.
2. Another moniter i got from MCI was a tiny Dell moniter from 1992, which never worked, when i had it.

And then theres another gateway 15" CRT that was dieing and i gave it away, but it will sometimes work

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PCGEEK Jun 24, 2005, 08:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
Avrage life span of LCD is 20,000 HRS Avrage use thats about 6 years or heavy use 2 to 4 years. Back 2 years ago life span was half that. The tech has come far in 2 years.

Lou Bot Jun 25, 2005, 03:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Monitor will last until you start seeing smoke or smell electrical wires burning!!!!

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John Alabata Jun 25, 2005, 03:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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17" Gateway Monitor----status:Dead lasted about 5 years Its a rounded Monitor

KDS Flat CRT monitor 1 1/2 Years and going


Adam Kolak Jun 25, 2005, 07:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
Just adding a few more here:

My brother is still using a 13 year old (built in 1993) 14" Compaq CRT which still works excellent, only problem is its small. He got it for free from mci and they used it for about 10 of those years, and it was used every day from 8 am in the morning to 10pm at night.

I think CRTs should last just as long as regular tube TVs, and LCDs are supposed to last longer according to the LCD manufacters. We got a 19 year old Sony 27" Trinitron CRT TV (my dad bought it in 1986 for $850) in the living room and it works like brand new, and its got something that no tvs have today: a 999 channel tv tuner!

So my opinion is that you should get at least 10 years of use out of any good moniter otherwise its not a good moniter.

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m Ayyash Jun 26, 2005, 03:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
I have a Samsung 753S CRT. Had to replace it twice (under warrenty). First time, it was few months old, what happened is i was switching it off from the power button, and i get those spark sounds and burn smoke!
The second time, there was a power outage in my room, and when it was back, the monitor was not!
Both times it was under warrenty, Samsung was kind enough to just replace it with a new one. The current one is still running for 1 year now and counting (hopefully)

Some Guy Jun 26, 2005, 03:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
I have a Philips 107S crt that has lasted me 6 years although, it does make a high pitch squeal at low resolutions

guru Shane Jun 26, 2005, 04:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
I've had a Viewsonic 15" LCD for the past 5 1/2 years. My friend has had some kind of Compaq CRT for the same amount of time. (We bought our computers at the same time.)

Wildwood Jun 26, 2005, 01:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How long does your monitor last?
Samtron 76 DX 17" CRT , two of them, 3 years old and running fine.

Samtron 78 DF 17" CRT 2.5 years old and running fine.

Sony Trinitron 21" CRT 3 years old and running fine.

I also have a 10 year old 14" Compaq monitor that's still going strong. And so is my 13 year old 14" Compaq Monitor.

So far I've only had one monitor go bad on me. It was a 3 year old 15" CTX, CRT monitor I baught in '98. Died in 2001.


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