Yesterday afternoon, I returned home from school, and booted up my ol’ “Motherhship” desktop. It’s a ca. 2003 Gateway, with an LCD flatpanel monitor about as old. I noticed it had a distinctly ugly orange hue to it when I fired it up, so I messed with the controls to no avail. I checked the connections, opened and re-seat the video card (which I would assume would either work perfectly fine or not at all), ran a virus scan, and even rebooted a couple of times.
This morning, I got into the display settings, and started futzing with the red, green, and blue channels–red and blue worked, but green didn’t adjust anything. Thus, I figure the green channel “died”. Even though I’m still using the monitor to type this OP.
So, A) Can this happen, or is there something else I ought be looking for? I figured a screen/video card would just completely go kaput before losing individual channels. Can flatpanel screens really just burn out? B) Is there anything I can do short of buying a new monitor?
FTR: The screen is still very ‘orange’, with reds showing up as either adobe or mud brown. Green items just show up as grey. Some items also appear ‘over red’. I’ve tried turning up the green all the way, but the red items (such as close buttons) appear bright red and/or invisible, and green is just . . . well, a faded grey. Oh, and it’s Windows XP.
“Futzing”: a highly technical process of diagnosis and experimental cures reserved only for the highly trained, or the highly inexperienced.