Monitor Hell

For a while I’ve been writing about the hell I’ve been going through with my Dell monitor. Well, here it is. Thought I’d picture it for you. Click on the image to see it bigger at Flickr.

This is my canvas. It’s canvas hell.

I forget what I spent on this monitor, which I’ve had for a year-and-a-half, but it was somewhere in the order of $500 to $600. This may not be much for some people but it was a lot for me. It was supposed to have a great range of grays for a flat screen monitor. I was really pleased with it out of the box.

This is called “image persistence” rather than “burn in” (on my Viewsonic CRT I never experienced burn in) and it seems some Dell monitors really have a problem with it. I have tried all these tips for getting rid of it and have always used a changing screen saver, but the problems with mine seem to be irreversible. What I don’t understand about the idea of image persistence is how, on the left, it is this huge blotch encroaching on my screen and doesn’t correspond with any “image”. It’s just like the ocean eating up beach real estate.

I go between fits of trying to ignore this and weeping copious inner tears.

When I am able, I may go back to a behemoth CRT.

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Juli Kearns

Juli Kearns is the author of Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine and Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World (or) In Search of the Great Penguin. She is also an artist/photographer, and the person behind the web alter of "Idyllopus Press".

2 thoughts on “DELL MONITOR HELL”

  1. Sorry about your problem, and good luck with getting something better.

    I am fairly fanatical about not buying Dell, but the reasons have had nothing to do with the quality of his products. Most of the money you give to Michael Dell he keeps for himself, but what he doesn’t keep he tends to give to Republican politicians. Lavishly.

    I have to say, the screen is ugly. Even if I knew nothing of Dell’s politics, your photo would convince me to buy another brand.

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