Beware when using Windows Gadgets on a flat screen!

Dell / OPTIPLEX 755
April 30, 2014 at 11:17:43
Specs: win 7 pro, n/a
I use the clock and 2 weather gadgets on my Dell monitor at the right top of my screen. Lately (past 3 months) I had weird white lines and figures forming on that corner when I had my browser, textpad or any program maximized.

I have used these Gadgets for 3 yrs now and my monitor stays on 24/7 with a screensaver.

I googled the lines and figures and found nothing for that, then it dawned on me. Because they were located in that corner I decided to delete them...lo and behold, the lines, etc disappeared. Lesson to be learned as I used them just for references. I thought it was like the old days when using CRT monitors...permanent things got etched into the monitor...luckily there are no problems with my monitor anymore...PHEW! Saves `me from buying another.......

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#1
April 30, 2014 at 12:08:28
It's an aside I realise, but I once had an LCD monitor that had a "top bar" that became permanently etched on it (faintly). Rare maybe but it can still happen.

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#2
April 30, 2014 at 12:41:53
And plasma screens - and likely tft -screens too - suffer seriously from burn in from images "permanently" or long time displayed...

Also plasmas suffer from the creeping death, the (usually - but not always) green slime/moss effect too... (It can be yellow or red too.)

Often appears in corners, sometimes elsewhere on the screen too..., and is - erm... - terminal, as it slowly spreads out and spores itself in other areas of the screen too...

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#3
April 30, 2014 at 20:57:01
Most gadgets and indeed the Windows sidebar were considered security risks. Not that many don't use them and have no worries, but Microsoft stopped installing it as a feature.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#4
May 5, 2014 at 13:00:33
re: "...I once had an LCD monitor that had a "top bar" that became permanently etched on it (faintly)..."

I have a Dell LCD that has permanent remnants of the task bar in a couple of spots. Light gray on the dark gray background.

I can make out what would be the outline of a couple of task bar icons as well as very faint Adobe Acrobat and speaker icons. They've been there for a few years, but have never gotten any worse since I first noticed them.

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#5
May 5, 2014 at 13:29:22
Re #4
I don't think mine really became any worse either.

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#6
May 10, 2014 at 16:30:46
Re: #1 and #4...make a pure white screen saver by using the 3D Text screen saver. Set background color as white and delete any text. You should be able to eliminate the ghost images in less than 12 hours.

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#7
May 10, 2014 at 18:01:39
SkipCox

The monitor I mentioned has long since been retired.

However, I like your idea because (unlike CRT's) it is obviously a pixel thing. What you said makes good sense.

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#8
May 11, 2014 at 16:07:45
Yeah Derek...it's simply getting all guns firing while you sleep.

The monitor I experienced this with is one I use to work on other machines...ya know, something I bought to save a few bucks.

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#9
July 19, 2014 at 11:41:26
It's been awhile since I removed the windows gadgets and my screen has gone back to normal...I didn't try Skips method...it just cleared on it's own

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#10
August 1, 2014 at 11:18:57
No can do...

Corporate image, screen saver options locked out by enterprise policy.

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