Hi all. My monitor stopped working today, and according to the Dell tech support person with whom I spoke, the sole solution is to “junk it and buy a new one” – even though all she did was ascertain that it is the monitor’s problem, not my computer itself.
So I’m all, like, “huh?” and “why can’t I take it in for repairs?” And she’s like, “you can’t,” so I go, “But you don’t even know what’s wrong,” and she’s all “Doesn’t matter.”
I doubt anyone can diagnose the problem sight unseen, so I’m not expecting either the tech support chick or any of y’all to fix my situation. But I’m just wondering if it’s true that a broken monitor is basically trash material. If so, seems like a terrible waste to me! I mean, since there are a kabillion monitors out there, I’d think someone would be able to make a decent living repairing 'em. Plus, it’s not as if good monitors are cheap investments, so in some cases repairing might make better financial sense than buying new. Yes? No?
(Well, I guess I’ll share what’s happening, just in case anyone’s interested – maybe it sounds familiar to someone: My monitor worked at 4AM yesterday when I turned off the computer, but didn’t at 1PM when I turned the computer back on. The monitor’s “power” light goes on and there’s a normal warming up noise, but then I hear a POP! – sorta like a lightbulb going out – and the screen remains black.
Ugh, I love this monitor! Admittedly, my system dates from 1998, so maybe the monitor’s time has come. But it’s just so bizarre for something to work one minute, and then break the next with nothing happening in between. Not fair!)