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Humming Asus LCD Display

I recently got an Asus VE276 LCD Display. It looks nice in the shop and is quite wide although i am not as satisfied with it as the previous DELL display (that had better pixel density and also a USB hub and in general it felt that the DELL had lot higher quality standard). I am not either fully satisfied with the colors either, and the “unsharpness” that it has. You can’t really compare the two displays in the same class. But this post is not about comparing DELL vs. Asus but about the humming sound this display has.

Anyway, i have noticed that it hums for instance when i transition from a dask screen to a white screen (it is noticeable when you are using exposé on a mac when i have it connected to my MacBook Pro).
It is not a very high sound, but it is noticeable.

The other day i got disturbed by the humming because i thought it had increased, and it was constant. I noticed however that this sound came from a different source. It came from the built in speakers and got silent when i turned the speakers to mute via the screen’s menu. It also stopped when i unplugged the audio cable that it connects with.

So.. if you hear a loud humming from your screen, if it has one, try to unplug both ends of the audio cable and see if stops.

Just wanted to give heads up if anyone encountered the same thing.
(If you have any tips on getting rid of the faint humming when you view a bright/white screen, please let me know in the comments.)

Have a nice day.

p.s i don’t remember the model of the dell display but i will add it in a comment when i find out, although, it had also some problems, it started as one vertical line across the screen that was visible a while after you started it. Later it got thicker and is about three pixels wide in one single color.


What has become of the world

maxtor 250 Gb IDE HdRemember the days when you had a 400 Mb hard drive and THAT was much. Today I went to to look for a new harddrive to replace one that had crashed in a couple-of-year-old computer. Well the smallest IDE (and the only) model that were in the shelf was a 320Gb hard drive fro 99,90€. I had to ask for a smaller one (since that much space is not required on that computer) and the smallest one they had was a 250Gb for 77,90€ which i bouhght. But man, the smallest is 250 Gb. I remembered when i bought my first external hard drive that was that big. And it felt like that that would never become full. Well it all depends on what you store on them I guess.
Well IDE has become outdated, and why buy small when you can buy big right. Sounds like a line from Super Size Me (Which i haven’t seen). I guess that if you want a smaller Hd you have to dig one out from an old computer … And it’s probably cheaper that way.

I remembery when we bought a 486 with 16 Mb RAM and 400 Mb Hd. And i was amazed when we later upgraded to Windows 95 and on the installation disk there was a music video by wheezer (Buddy holy).. Imagine, a movie on a computer. I showed it to everyone, and they too were amazed.

That was something then. Do you remember some specs of some old computer you were impressed by “back in the days”