After selling a few computer bits and bobs and some canny wheeling and dealing I got meself a 19" Monitor. Iiyama Vision Master 1451, a recent model, not flat screen, budget end of their range.
Sometimes when I boot I'm getting kinda like a 'circle of bars' ( like a kid's picture of the Sun) in the background, only just noticeable, and some flickering like a bad refresh rate, mostly to the left of the screen.
And sometimes it ain't there and everything's fine.
I'm using an ATI Radeon 32MB DDR, running the monitor at 1280 x 1024, 85Mhz refresh, 32 bit colour, Iiyama's recommended settings. I've loaded the latest Iiyama drivers as well.
I've tried just about every setting you can think of for the Radeon, and have tweaked the Monitor's settings as well. Every combination, this effect just won't go away.
Has anybody ever experienced this effect before? Anybody know a cure?
I've a real bad feeling the Monitor's faulty. If that's the case, I bought it mail order and a turnaround would take at least a week. Also the mail order company want shipping charges up front in case there's nothing wrong with it and I can only do that by credit card. And my cards are both in desperate need of a 'top-up' right now.
This is really pissing me off. Last time I buy something bulky by mail order I think, the shipping is a real pain in the arse.
When it works well, it's OK, but I must admit it ain't that much of an improvement over my old Philips 17" 107E, everything's just bigger, is all. Just goes to show you only get what you pay for.
Update: As I typed this post, that effect was onscreen. I just restarted and it's gone... it's looking good right now