RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4112 times:
OK, you computer experts out there... here's my problem... hope you can help.
Several months ago, I bought a Dell 1707FP LCD flat panel monitor. It has just started to show some severe "smudging" for lack of a better term. If you imagined a certain phrase on a web site were printed in damp ink, and you took a pencil eraser and drew it from left to right, you would see a grayish smudge to the right of the words.
Any ideas what this might be? I've struggled a bit with the adjustments... auto adjust, resolution, factory settings, etc., but no luck.
I am afraid it is not a settings or adjustment problem, but rather some basic defect.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21629 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4098 times:
With an analog connection (VGA), this could be a cable problem or a problem in the graphics adapter. Try a different cable and/or a different computer if you can. This might give you a hint.
I would generally recommend a digital connection whenever possible, though (DVI).
The kind of problem you have described would be unlikely with a digital connection, but a display-internal defect could potentially still exhibit similar symptoms. But I'd try a different cable and a different computer first before making that conclusion.
RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4061 times:
Thanks, Klaus. I tightened up the cable connection on the back of the monitor and that seems to have almost completely cured the problem. Just a small bit of smudging remains, so I think I'll try your suggestion of using a different cable.
AverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4053 times:
As Klaus said with the Digital (DVI) input any "ghosting" will be history. Your monitor data indicates that it does have a DVI input, so you'll likely only need a new connecting cable as most recent computers have a digital output as well.