Display devices used with computers, such as monitors

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Why don't websites immediately display their text these days?

I've noticed that recently many websites are slow to display their text. Usually, the background, images and so on are going to be loaded, but no text. After some time the text starts appearing here ...
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Why are laptop screens sized the way they are?

We've been discussing this in the Comms Room on Serverfault, and thought it might make a good question on SuperUser...especially if there's a clear answer. The hope is that it is a Good Subjective ...
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Is CRT degaussing really dangerous for nearby laptops?

I have an old CRT connected to laptop as a secondary display. As you know, when CRT turns on it degausses itself; remember that sound when you turn it on, or force degaussing through menu. CRTs ...
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Connecting 2 External Monitors to a Laptop?

Equaling 3 Displays Total (or 2, if the laptop display cannot be used). I work at home on two large monitors, but at the office on a laptop with a single large monitor. Is it possible to attach two ...
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Displaying XML in the Chrome browser

I love the Chrome browser, but I use XML quite a lot in my development work and when I view it in Chrome I just get the rendered text. I know that the source view is slightly better, but I'd really ...
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Removing dead thunderflies stuck inside an LCD monitor

This summer my flat was "attacked" by hundreds of tiny thunderflies, some of which managed to get behind the screen of my LCD. A few of the cursed creatures went and died right in the middle of the ...
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What is the best way to clean an LCD monitor?

I have loads of grubby finger marks on my monitor (mine and smaller people's). I'm not sure how to clean them off without damaging the monitor. What's the best way to safely clean dust, smudges and ...
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How can I dim my computer screen beyond the minimum?

I usually just use Fn + Left or Fn + Right to adjust my screen's brightness but the minimum settings are still too bright for me (especially when I'm working at night). I tried going through the Power ...
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What did computers use for output before monitors?

How did the early industrial computers, such as UNIVAC, ENIAC, MARK I, etc display output before monitors existed? Did the first personal computers, like the Altair 8800 or the Simon use monitors, or ...
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How could I safely fix my walking “dead pixel” bug?

I need suggestions. I've got a live little bug inside my macbook pro screen for 2 days now. I've tried to film it using my iPhone, but it ain't that good. :( Should I try to open it? o_O C'mon, ...
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Is VGA port hot-pluggable?

In meetings, I often see people detaching the VGA connector from one running laptop and connecting it to another, while the projector is still on. Is this 100% risk free, and OK by design of the VGA ...
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E-ink screens for desktop PC? [closed]

Are there PC monitors which are e-ink displays? E-ink is so much easier to read documents on that I'd rather like a secondary monitor just for documents, but I can't find any monitors available ...
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Triple (3) Monitors under Linux

I have a 3 monitor setup (each 1680x1050) via an Nvidia NVS440 (2 GPUs, 2 outputs per GPU totalling 4 outputs); this works fine under Windows XP,7 but caused considerable headaches under Linux (Ubuntu ...
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How can I display the Windows 8 Start Screen on a secondary monitor?

Is there a way to get Windows 8 to use my secondary monitor for the start screen?
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Is an LED monitor better for eyes than an LCD monitor?

Is an LED monitor better for eyes than an LCD monitor? EDIT: And if you are allergic to fluorescent light, is LED going to be better? I heard that LED doesn't uses fluorescent light.
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What are the advantages of 10-bit monitors?

To support 10-bit color the following are needed: A monitor supporting it. A GPU supporting it (only AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro support this?). Compatible software. Unless I am mistaken there are ...
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What's the correct monitor height for large monitors?

Conventional ergonomics guides suggest aligning the top of the monitor to where the operator looks at straight on. It seems doubtful that that still applies to today's 24" and 30" and larger ...
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Can I sleep one of the displays on a dual-monitor setup (running Windows 7)?

I want to be able to 'put the display to sleep' on one of my two monitors when it isn't needed, so it doesn't distract me or use unnecessary power. Ideally, the display would be asleep, but the OS ...
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Is it possible to power on/off a monitor using the computer?

I was wondering if it was possible to power on/off a display using a computer connected via HDMI. Let me explain : I want my computer to power off my monitors (not standby mode) when I don't use it ...
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How do I fix a “cannot open display” error when opening an X program after ssh'ing with X11 forwarding enabled?

After launching the X11 app (XQuartz 2.3.6, xorg-server 1.4.2-apple56) on my Mac (OS X 10.6.8), opening an terminal in X11 and running xhost +, I then ssh -Y to my Ubuntu 10.04 VM (running on VMware ...
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How to disable the screen orientation hotkeys in Windows (XP)?

I'm using Eclipse in Windows XP. One of my favorite shortcuts is CTRL+ALT+DOWN (or CTRL+ALT+UP) to duplicate a line. I just found that on this machine (XP ThinkPad, with NVIDIA graphics driver), ...
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My monitor's screen resolution has dropped from 1920x1200 to 1919x1200

I noticed this happen right around the same time I noticed a stuck red pixel in the middle-lower section of the panel. I don't think the two things are related but they may be since it was about the ...
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How can I monitor network usage by process on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Application for monitoring all applications that are using the internet in Mac OS X Bandwidth monitor for Mac OS X? Is there any way to find out which process using how ...
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How can I rotate the screen of a MacBook Pro 90 degrees?

To read content like books.
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How safe is locking the screen?

So, both windows and linux have a pretty useful feature that allows you to leave everything running on the PC while also keeping invaders away by locking the screen. My question is: Say I leave my ...
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Generating usage logs that prove my Internet connection is flaky

I need a way to generate reports or logs that prove that my Internet connection is flaky. My Comcast connection is very flaky but if I ask their support to send someone over it will probably work fine ...
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Looking for a real DisplayPort hub/splitter [closed]

In my search for a new display, I came across the Dell Multi-Monitor Hub MMH11, which seemed to be an alternative to my search for daisy-chainable DisplayPort displays. However, before I cave and ...
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What to do with old laptop screens?

This question is inspired by another SU question I came across earlier today: What to do with old hard drives? It made me think about two long-dead laptops I have with perfectly good screens still ...
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Linux “Top” command for Windows Powershell?

I am looking for a PowerShell cmdlet that can provide similar functionality to the Linux Top app. Something that refreshes at some given interval and displays the process list with CPU % util. I have ...
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How important is it to keep an LCD computer monitor well-ventilated?

The Question How important is it to keep an LCD computer monitor well-ventilated? Backstory I built a DIY arcade cabinet for a video game that I programmed, and this cabinet will house an 18" LCD ...
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Does a USB Monitor require VGA Card?

Does a portable USB monitor require a VGA Card? For example this monitor: http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/e1649fwu http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/e2251fwu If I buy a PC without any GPU ...
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Why does text look so Horrible on my HD monitor?

I just bought a 1080p 22" Samsung Syncmaster 2333HD (connected via HDMI) and the picture and video quality is great but the text quality is absolutely horrible. This monitor has a built in HD TV ...
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Force native resolution to Non-PnP monitor in Windows

I've got a 22-inch, 1680 x 1050 monitor. Brand X2gen, model MW22U. Connected by DVI cable to my NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT graphics card. Several days ago my monitor stopped working. It displayed ...
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Why do fonts sometimes look “fat” on Mac OS X?

Sometimes when resuming from suspend, the fonts in Mac OS X look "fatter" than normal. Unfortunately right now I can't get my Macbook Pro to exhibit the "normal" behavior for comparison, it has been ...
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Is there a way to move the taskbar to another monitor?

I am using Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 and three monitors. I would like for my taskbar to be moved to the third monitor. How can I get it over there instead of on my primary monitor?
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Why aren't there many monitors with higher than 1920x1080 resolution? [closed]

I haven been shopping around for monitors and it seems that everything from 19" to 24" have a max resolution at 1920x1080. Is there some technical reason for this or is that just how it happens to be. ...
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Turning DisplayPort monitor off disables monitor completely

I have 2 monitors connected to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660: Left is 1920x1080 via DVI (Samsung SyncMaster 2443BW) Right is 2560x1440 via DisplayPort and is set to Primary (Samsung SyncMaster SA850) I ...
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Is there a real reason to use a screen saver?

Other than entertainment, is there a real reason to use a screen saver? Does it somehow "save your screen"?
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Is there a quick/automatic way to change monitor brightness at night on Windows 7 or Linux?

I'm a fairly nocturnal creature by nature, but life requires me to spend more time during the bright hours of day. I also have a visual impairment which makes it that my eyes take a very long time to ...
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How to vertically split widescreen into two virtual workspaces on Ubuntu/Gnome?

My new laptop has a big 16:9 screen, and I'm finding it hard to fully utilize it during the 95% of the time that I'm not watching HD movies on it. I'd like to set it up as a kind of virtual dual ...
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Turn off display in Windows 7 without additional software

Is there a way to turn off display in Windows 7 without using additional software? Powershell script works fine, but leaves command-line window after turning on the display.
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The colour silver (and computer screens)

My Dad insists the it is possible to make a computer screen go silver, so silver that it turns into a mirror. I have tried to explain about pixels, but he doesn't understand it so how do I explain ...
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Are the insides of LCD monitors dangerous?

I have an LCD monitor that is cracked. So far nothing leaks out but if something starts leaking should I be concerned? I have searched and read everything from: It is safe to be around and ...
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What is the downside to Windows XP style DPI scaling in Windows 7

I recently just moved to Windows 7 and I noticed that many of my older third-party apps didn't look so good at the high DPI I had set (150dpi versus the typical 96dpi). After searching the web for ...
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Is there a modern monitor that works with original amigas?

I realise that I'll need a scandoubler, but that will still mean a monitor that can sync to a 31kHz horizontal signal. Is there anyone actually using a currently-available LCD monitor in such a way? ...
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Windows 8.1 Black screen and no safe mode [closed]

PROBLEM Cannot run Windows 8.1 due to black screen. No mouse pointer. Sometimes white cursor in top left. Cannot enter safe mode: get black screen but with a row of blue pixels at the bottom or a row ...
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White color is not white in Windows Picture Viewer

Recently bought new monitor. And connected it with HDMI. No new monitor extends my laptops in-built monitor. There is 1 problem with white color (all other colors are awesome) This is how Windows 7 ...
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Force Windows 8 Metro apps to run lower resolutions below 1024x768?

I have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Samsung NB30 netbook. I was very excited to try it on this little box cause it has a touchscreen and Windows 8 is supposed to be optimized for ...
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Monitor utilities

I'm a big fan of good monitor usage, but only currently use a few utilities to help me attain display nirvana across several systems and monitors. Part of this is due to not knowing what's available. ...
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Can you bring LCD monitors from the Nothern Hemisphere to the Southern?

In the old days, when CRTs ruled, I remember that monitors were manufactured specifically for the location in the world in which they were to be sold. Amongst other things, the Earths magnetic field ...