Thursday, July 30, 2009

Busted Monitor

I woke up hearing the power cycle off and on a few times. I could hear beeping from the office while lying in bed, and the stereo blinked as well. The last few days, with rain and lightening storms, have had some short outages of 5 sec, but some cycling where we'll lose power 3 or 4 times in 5 minutes.

It's disconcerting, and annoying, and can cost us money. We have surge protectors and UPSes on many devices, but not all. And in this case, it wasn't enough.

I came downstairs to find one of my monitors dead. I checked, and sure enough it was on the UPS surge plug, but not a battery plug. My others are on the battery plugs, so I still had 2 of 3 monitors, but unfortunately my primary one, with the login screen, was dead.

I managed to log in, and Windows 7 figured out after about 10 minutes that one monitor was dead and moved the desktop, but it was annoying at first.

So I'm not sure if I want to buy a new one or not. I like 3 monitors, but I've been using the netbook and laptop more often, and perhaps it's not a wise use of funds. I'll have an internal debate over the weekend.

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