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Can a particular monitor(-type) get damaged when it gets rotated while it's powered on?

(like a screen-holder such as this allows)

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If you flex it enough, anything can break. –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 30 '12 at 18:09
    
@techie007 Well, I'm talking about normal rotating - carefully of course. –  Zar May 30 '12 at 18:12
    
Since monitors are solid-state, their orientation shouldn't affect their performance. Did you actually have this problem, or are you just wondering? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 30 '12 at 18:13
    
@techie007 Just ensuring before ordering :-). –  Zar May 30 '12 at 18:19
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Pay special attention to connections. I'd say the DVI cables and connectors will receive most stress during rotation if you're not careful, and are first to give if you rotate your monitors often (often = several times a day). And of course it doesn't matter if your monitor is on or off. –  haimg May 30 '12 at 18:24

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Any movement can cause damage especially if it is often and especially with older monitors.

However, in most cases, it will be safe to rotate the monitor. I would not anticipate any problems.

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Perfect, thanks! –  Zar May 30 '12 at 18:22

LCD monitors can be safely rotated while on with no problems. I've used one rotated as part of an arcade cabinet for a few years now with no issues, many users at my old place of business also used rotated monitors at the time, and they weren't even gentle with them in the least.

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There are generally no moving parts in a monitor that you need to worry about.. Many actually come with built in rotating stands and if connected by DVI will tell the computer to change the orientation of the screen automatically.

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Great! Hmm, did I misunderstand you or do you mean that the DVI-cable detects if my monitor is in landscape / portrait? –  Zar May 30 '12 at 18:21
    
Within the monitor and the stand there is a sensor - this info can only be passed up a digital cable, not VGA –  ck. May 30 '12 at 20:03
    
Not every monitor has this sensor, right? –  Zar May 30 '12 at 21:27
    
@ck: Not true; VGA also has 4 "DDC" pins. –  MSalters May 30 '12 at 21:30
    
@Zar: They're fairly rare, I think they're exclusive to monitors which are shipped with a pivot stand included. E.g. Samsung SyncMaster S24A650S –  MSalters May 30 '12 at 21:32

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