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Repairing and Upgrading Your PC by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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Chapter 11. Displays

For most people, a display is something that came with the last computer they bought—or the one before that. Few people ever think about upgrading their displays, and that's unfortunate. Even the newest, fastest system is hampered by an old, small, dim, fuzzy display. Fortunately, upgrading your display is easy—usually it's a simple matter of buying it and plugging it in—and nowadays it's cheaper than ever. Unless your current display is top-notch, consider upgrading it. Your eyes will thank you.

Two display technologies compete for consumers' dollars. A CRT display (Cathode Ray Tube) uses the older technology, but CRTs have significant price and other advantages and so retain significant market share. An LCD display (Liquid Crystal Diode) uses the newer technology and has advantages all its own. After you read this chapter, you'll know which of these two technologies is the right choice for you.

CRT Displays

CRT displays use the same picture tube technology—with many enhancements—as the first color televisions did more than half a century ago. But old doesn't necessarily mean obsolete. A good CRT display, such as the Samsung 997DF 19" model shown in Figure 11-1, provides excellent image quality at a reasonable price. CRT ...

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