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Looking Faded 
11th-May-2013 11:27 pm
I have an old Samsung SyncMaster 213T as one of the two monitors on my desk. It is probably around ten years old at this point and it's starting to look rather faded, as the light source is getting ready to give way, I think. It's a 1600 x 1200 monitor, so replacing it is going to be next to impossible.

12th-May-2013 04:44 am (UTC)
I know. I've been looking for a decent high resolution monitor, but unless you want to pay an arm and a leg, you get 1280x768 (HD 720).

For work, I can have 20 terminal or browser windows open and at home I want high resolution to process phots.

But all the manufactures are taking the simple and cheap route and giving us only 720p resolution by default.

12th-May-2013 11:27 am (UTC) - 1600 x 1200 Monitor
I guess it may depend on what your budget is. Amazon has a 20" Dell 2007FP, refurbished (3-month guarentee), for $170. Or you can go to B&H Photo and get a new one for $315. One person posting had had good luck on ebay - and a quick check shows quite a variety there, some currently at rather low bids. Can't hurt to look.

12th-May-2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
I just had to buy a new monitor a week ago. Based on some online research, I went to OfficeMax and picked up a 24" widescreen model by AOC. It's currently set to 1920 by 1080, and so far I'm quite happy with it.
13th-May-2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I have one of those in my shop, and when I had to repair my 214T a couple of years ago, I ran across sellers on eBay who offer various parts for both monitors. The most common are replacement capacitor kits for caps that were mis-manufactured and "bulge" after some years of use. I've also seen fluorescent light sources. However, before you scrap it, open it up and see if any of the caps are bulging or leaking. My 214T would fade to black every so often, and after I replaced the caps, it worked fine and has worked fine ever since.
18th-May-2013 07:16 am (UTC)
I actually saw your post when Googling on repairs. I'm tempted to say that the problem is much more likely the light source than anything else.
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