questionswhat's a good monitor?

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Why do you need a new monitor?
Double check your cables have not come loose.
Plug your monitor into a laptop to test it.
As for adjustable, I have 2 monitors on this PC neither have adjustability . I do have an "arm" on my 2nd monitor that I can move up, down, left and right so I can move it out of the way. I like it better then a stand.
http://www.monoprice.com/Search/Index?keyword=monitor+bracket

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My computer guy says that's what my problem is. When I turned it off, it wouldn't turn back on. He says, if you click "Menu" and nothing happens, the monitor's shot. Two people have checked the connections and they're okay. Yesterday I turned the keyboard upside down to shake out crumbs (I know, I know) and the screen went black. Thunderthighs has been pointing me in the right direction over on EBW, so I've been check Newegg and other monitor review sites to see what I need. A slow learning curve.

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Is this a laptop ?

OK, maybe you can find a link to one like yours ?

Can you connect another monitor to be sure it is the monitor ?

The HDMI cable coming out of your computer, it connects to the monitor ?

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@computiac: No, it's a PC.
Computer guy connected it to my laptop, said it started flashing (don't know which one) so he quickly backed it off.
The VGA cable was connected.
I'm on a laptop now.

something like this. http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/sx-series/sx-series

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Earlier you said you have a HDMI, where was this ?
On the back of the PC ?

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@computiac: No, it's a PC. I'm on a laptop now.

There's an HDMI port (is that the right word?). That connected the PC to the monitor.

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@pooflady: Yes, port is the right word for it. You do not have to stay with a VGA monitor since you have the HDMI cable connecting the monitor. It makes no sense to me to get a VGA monitor as you have read, it is old technology.

If the monitor did not work when connected to the laptop, then my guess is he is right.
You should replace it then. I only go along with this because I have no way of doing anything beside guessing.

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You can look on amazon as you have already done so. Also if you want to get one sooner you can go to Staples or another office supply store.
Maybe you can find a sale on a monitor. Most of the new monitors come with both a HDMI and a DVI connection on the back of it.
A lot of them have adapters included with them also, so you will not be stuck with out being able to connect it.

The monitor I have is a HP 2311x
It is 23" wide screen. I bought it over three years ago and never had a problem with it. Bought it from Staples.

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@computiac: I misspoke. It was a VGA cable (blue on both ends) that connected the two. Thunderthighs asked if there were other ports than VGA and I told her there was an HDMI port, but no DVI. Sorry.

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That is still OK. You have the HDMI connection, so you can still get the newest monitor which will come with a HDMI connection and they usually come with the HDMI cable also.
You jst have to read the contents of the box to be sure the cable is included.

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@pooflady: Your welcome.
I wish I could help you more.

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@computiac: I don't suppose you live in Cincinnati?

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@pooflady: Sorry, not even close.
I'm in Ct.

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@computiac: Oh, well, worth asking. Thanks again.

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@computiac: "Sorry, not even close. I'm in Ct."

They both start with "C." That makes them sorta close, right?

---> For serious: nice job of trouble-shooting and advising!

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@magic cave: Thank's.
It's tricky to do as you know. Especially when you have no idea what someone else has done before or said. Then flying blind on top of it all.

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Considering theres only 203 companies making all of the LCD monitors, find a model that has the features you like and buy it. Don't worry about the name on it. I've used everything from $50 (on sale) Viewsonic to $500 Samsung and Acers, and there is very little difference for every day use. It may be worth at least sticking with name brands if you're concerned about quality, something like Acer, HannsG, Samsung, Vizio, etc. In this case ignore the generic brands like Viewsonic and AOC and unbranded ones.

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@screwballl: I would not label Viewsonic as a "generic" brand. They were one of the top manufacturers back in the day. They might not be the bee's knees on LCD but they do have a legacy that goes back further than a lot of others.

That said, I would generally recommend checking craigslist for used monitors. You can find some really good deals there - just try to get the full model number and then search for it on google (to get the proper MSRP for it) before committing any money to it.

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From left to right VGA HDMI DVI

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@pooflady: I realize you've likely already replaced your old Samsung monitor by now, but perhaps the following will help others...

We have an older (4:3/squarish proportions, that's how old!) LCD Samsung 930B monitor. It exhibited similar 'won't turn on' symptoms. Upon a closer look, it appeared the on/off button had partially failed (it was loose). I pulled out and pushed in the power button with pair of needle-nose pliers while the monitor was plugged in... and wa la... it turned on. Now we either let it self-sleep or turn it off via surge protector strip. I covered the failed power button with a cardboard shield so nobody hits it accidentally. On other monitors this issue might require partial disassembly.

Yes, I'm yankee-scot-cheap and extract every last bit of value out of hard-paid-for stuff prior to tossing it!

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In case anyone's interested, I ended up getting an ASUS VS239H-P 23" Full-HD LED IPS monitor from Amazon. It came bundled with the HDMI cable that I needed and there's a $10 rebate, so it ended up $151. Looks really good.

Thanks for all the help from everyone, I appreciate it.

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Missed this question...
You could have connected to a LCD TV..
The machine I'm currently on is connected to an Insignia 25" LCD TV..
I prefer the two 22" monitors connected to the home machine but this is nice and easy on the eyes.. A friend has two 32" LCD TVs connected to his machine and one of them is connected to an antenna so that he can watch favorite shows when he isn't busy...