Solved Any reason to keep a CRT VGA monitor anymore?

February 6, 2016 at 07:41:47
Specs: Windows, ARM 512MB
Well, I am down to my last CRT VGA monitor and I am not sure why I am still holding onto it short of a zombie apocalypse or something. Is there any reason I should hold onto this heavy thing? Older hardware or software not working right with newer flat screen monitors? I can't think of anything specifically can you?

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February 9, 2016 at 00:31:04
I still have a few CRTs kicking around simply for nostalgia. There isn't anything quite like playing old DOS games exactly the way they were supposed to be played.

But, in all seriousness, unless you're a nostalgia nerd, collector, or feel like having one around as an emergency spare, there isn't really much point in keeping them.

They aren't bad to have around for test benches, though.

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February 6, 2016 at 07:54:35
I have four old TV sets with set top boxes for digital and they work fine. Do I need them all? No it is just lack of will power to toss working things away. Don't do as I do, do as I say and get shot of it. I can see no real use for those old CRT monsters unless you are right out of flat screen types for testing purposes.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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February 6, 2016 at 08:35:52
They (crt) are less tiring on the eyes than current led displays. tft displays - as first appeared on laptops - were equally less tiring on the eyes than are led displays... And tft seemed to less tiring for many compared to crt displays...

I have a crt (Dell badged whatever) that I retain; perhaps (like many) for olde tyme's sake, but also it ain't broke, it works. It sits by a '98 Dell tower system (it came with it) that has "everything" (from M$-land) - i.e. dos 3x upto and including W2K and XP-Pro - installed.


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February 6, 2016 at 15:48:23
I have an Hitachi 21" Superscan Elite that I paid $1500 dollars for 15 years ago. I still have it connected to a Vista tower that runs my older version of an expensive CAD program that won't run on a 64 bit system due to dongle driver unavailability.

That monitor is getting long in the tooth but I am not ready to bin it yet.

I also have a Win98 system running a 17" CRT that I use strictly as a Juke box. No networking.

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#4
February 6, 2016 at 23:33:21
If it can handle the resolution you run windows at (many older ones wouldn't go higher than 1024 x 768) it wouldn't hurt to keep it as a spare. Otherwise they're good for target practice.

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#5
February 7, 2016 at 04:58:33
Modern LCD monitors are much, much easier to move around for cleaning your desk regularly, and they don't suffer image "burn in" as easily as CRT monitors.

So unless you want a hernia or back problems, get rid of it.

I disposed of mine properly at my local disposal site. The guy there said if it works he'll see it goes to a good home (probably his!).


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#6
February 7, 2016 at 05:44:57
Best Buy will accept CRT monitors & TVs smaller than 32", max of 3 per day.

I keep one CRT as an emergency spare & also have one in my unheated garage. I occasionally use it when temps are in the 30s & 40s. The minimum recommended temp for most LED/LCDs is 50F (10C).

http://www3.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard...

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#7
February 7, 2016 at 06:01:58
One day - somewhere in time - down the road... young pholks will look at these monitors and ask: "What was that used for; what does or did it do?

And one day they will turn up on the Antiques Roadshow (in UK/N.America at least) and be highly sort after, highly valued...; and later auctioned off for humungous sums of cash..., or else passed down the family tree as a souvenir and heirloom from way back when...


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#8
February 7, 2016 at 07:06:53
When I worked in a telephone exchange, aged about 15, the lads used to remove the CRT's from TVs, put them in a sack and drop them from the top of the building into the yard. A bit dangerous but they never managed to hit anyone and made a lovely bang.

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February 9, 2016 at 00:31:04
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I still have a few CRTs kicking around simply for nostalgia. There isn't anything quite like playing old DOS games exactly the way they were supposed to be played.

But, in all seriousness, unless you're a nostalgia nerd, collector, or feel like having one around as an emergency spare, there isn't really much point in keeping them.

They aren't bad to have around for test benches, though.

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD

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February 12, 2016 at 00:43:04
Well, looks like this Gateway 2000 monitor is going to survive the week. I suppose I'll just hold onto it. Space suddenly doesn't seem like such an issue at the moment and I'm off my cleaning kick. I think Comguy has something with that gaming nostalgia. And you never know trvlr could be right about it becoming a valuable antique one day. I'm sure I'll be long dead by then, but think of the grandchildren. I got it hooked up to a WIN95 box with BLEEM on it. Not exactly DOS. I'm sure I'll think about dropping it off a roof to kill some zombies again at some point. But for now, it lives! I hate to just toss it while it still works anyway.

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