Dust inside my 2005FPW LCD!

I bought a Dell 2005FPW LCD a couple of months ago and have been generally very happy with it, except that a little while ago I started to notice that some dust particles had gathered inside the monitor. I called Dell support and they told me pound sand (no no, not literally, that would only cause more dust..., they told me that there was nothing they could do about it).

I tried blowing compressed air through the rear vents but that did'nt help much. The whole problem occured because the monitor has open rear vents. I know that the Apple LCD panels don't, and I suppose now I understand why. My other LCD monitor, an SGI 1600SW, with tiny rear vents, has never experienced this problem and I've owned it for 6+ years now. I finally figured out the solution though! I ended up tapping the LCD screen with my knuckles and little by little I dislodged the dust particles until they fell to the bottom and off the visible screen. When I say 'tapping' by the way, I mean 'tapping somewhat hard'. Hard enough that my knuckle could feel it. The LCD screen is pretty tough and can take it, although I was a little scared of cracking it. Nevertheless, all is well now, no more dust particles in my LCD panel.

PS> One of the reasons I originally bought the monitor was so that I could use the S-Video input to play Gran Turismo 4 on it in high-res mode. Unfortunately the screen looks like crap when trying to play in high-res, it has the infamous 'screen door effect'. The same is true for many HDTV LCD TVs.
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I tried everything to fix what i thought hwas a dead pixel, then i did you "tapping" method, and its gone!!! =)

Posted by stephanie on June 17, 2008 at 06:06 PM PDT #

We've already had some experience with big, wide desktop monitors. One of them, the Sony GDM-FW900, is a CRT with a 24-inch diagonal display (22 inches viewable), but it's no longer manufactured (you can sometimes find refurbished units for about $1,200). LCDs have begun appear in widescreen format in the past couple of years, and these typically cost several thousand dollars. One of them, the Samsung 240T, weighs in at around $2,000. The best price we've seen for another, Sony's 23-inch SDM-232, was a bit over $1,600. And apple's 23-inch Cinema HD can be found for under $1,600 if you look hard enough.
Now Dell has decided to drop the price bomb. The UltraSharp 2405FPW 24-inch widescreen LCD will cost a measly (by comparison) $1,199. It's the classic Dell approach: Not pioneering a new market or category, but entering it later and at high volume, usually with a significantly lower price.

Posted by Used Refurbished Laptops on April 14, 2009 at 09:07 PM PDT #

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