When most people think of computers, the first image that comes to mind is the monitor. When in actuality the computer is the rectangular box that underneath the desk. Since humans are such visual creatures, we instantly associate the monitor to the whole of the computer because it is what we are always looking at when we use a computer. While the CPU is the brain of the whole computer system, the Monitor is the computers better half that displays the content of the computer.
Computer monitors are similar to televisions, in fact the first PCs used TVs as monitors. Computer monitors today have a much higher resolution with the ability to display more detailed pixels. The monitor is a very important component to the computer system, without it we wouldn’t have a display to view the graphics and video information the computers video card gathers. Other names for the monitor include- screen, video screen and video display.
There are three different types of ports available which a monitor can connect to the computer’s video card, they are VGA, HDMI, or DVI ports. When purchasing a new monitor it’s important that both your monitor and your computer support the same port in order to connect.
LCD monitors are the best available monitors out on the market and they provide the best graphics display. LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, these monitors are less bulky and are more energy efficient than the second option of monitors which is CRTs. Cathode ray tubes (CRT) monitors are bigger in size and more similar to old school TVs. These types of monitors are outdated and almost off the market due to the affordability and quality of LCD monitors.
A monitor’s size is determined by the diagonal length and can range from 17 inches to 26 inches or more. Monitors can be tricky to repair on your own and it is best to have a computer tech repair them. If there are minor problems with your monitor, there are troubleshooting techniques you can follow to fix the problem.
Heroes and Geeks offers onsite computer repair services in the greater Los Angeles area. We deal with replacing broken screens, soldering fried capacitors and also replacing the backlight. Computer monitors are important tools that need to be working properly for a better viewing experience. Nowadays monitors are becoming less expensive, so if you don’t want to deal with repairs, you can simply shop around for a 20 inch monitor for under 100 dollars, sometimes it’s cheaper to just buy a new one than to repair it.
The most common computer monitor problems we’ve seen at our repair shop in Los Angeles are broken screens, these are due to simple accidents. Other monitor problems can be -no image/display, lines and patterns appearing on the monitor, etc. These problems can easily be fixed.
Stay tech savvy, my friends.