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  1. Yes I have tried both options, a different HDMI cable and I've tried the Display Port connection.
  2. Probably around a year ago I bumped the bottom of my monitor with my mouse and it started making these crazy wild lines and colors all over the place. The display powers on and connects to PC via HDMI just fine, but it's completely unusable in it's current state. I've attached some pictures to show exactly what's going on with it. I'm wondering if there's any possibility of repairing it, whether myself or to a professional. I've read into anything I can find, there's dozens of cases about a broken back light or capacitors causing the monitor to turn off frequently - but this problem doesn't really fall into this. Any help or advice on whether this is fixable would be much appreciated! EDIT for clarity: the bottom plastic part was the region bumped, near the Asus logo.
  3. My current drivers are the version Realtek's site says is current. Realtek's drivers kind of confuse me because they package Realtek HD Audio Manager with the driver. I'm using Astro A40s if there's any relevance - I've plugged in directly with the headset, works fine. I've also tried using it through the TX, and that works fine as well.
  4. My motherboard is the ASRock 990FX Extreme3, the optical port is built into the mobo - unless that still applies? I do have one around, and some pretty decent ones in the 4k. I'll grab them tomorrow to try it out. (I've just been lazy tbh). Hm so are you saying when the GPU is running, since it's the only PCIe device I have, will interfere with the optical port? Right now it's running completely fine - not a single crackle. If I let my computer go to sleep and come back it'll be screwy.
  5. The chassis window looks bad-ass mounted against the external side opposed to the inside. Brushed aluminum is one of those finishes that looks great on anything. That video though.. is that real marketing? They green-screened him inside the case hahaha.. The feet look kind of cheap/tacky against the matte black aluminum. In terms of performance, I've always liked full towers for airflow and customization - but it looks like they have the airflow/component placement design down to a good science.
  6. So about a month ago I switched up my audio out cable. I was using a standard 3.5mm audio cable for simplicity, but decided to take full advantage of my headset and switched to using the fiber optic for high definition surround sound. When I'm on the high definition channel (Realtek Digital Output), I get awful crackling sound during audio and sometimes during load times, whether sound is involved or not. Yes, I have googled this concern and got tons of results; from the updating/reinstalling the driver, checking "Disable all sound effects" in the Enhancements tab, and watching my latency for possible disruption. None of the aforementioned remedies worked. I have concluded that it very well could be my fiber optic cable itself, being that when I move it the crackling gets worse and sometimes better. Before you comment "You solved your own problem, why are you posting here," there's more to it. -Sometimes the crackling is worse than other times. Example, I can't listen to any music right now because the crackling is unbearable. About 20 minutes ago I was listening to music 100%, as if nothing was of error. Sometimes the sound gets better, after having it on for an hour or so. ;;The only thing that changed between now and 20 minutes ago, is that my computer went to sleep. So if my cable was indeed at fault - why does it sometimes get really bad, sometimes it's fine, and sometimes it gets better? Is it that the drivers have to reload, since the computer went into sleep mode? - if so, why does the cable effect it? I suppose I'm looking for the science behind fiber optic cables (can the signal "buffer" per se, or strengthen as it travels?). Thanks, Narcotic
  7. Hm, well I say PSU because I had a few people saying that I probably didn't have enough power to distribute. - But the keyboard is definitely faulty, I just didn't think it would cause my PC to Bluescreen lol. How would I know if the USB drivers were separate? My mobo came with 1 driver disc. I believe in the past I've looked around ASRock ( my mobo brand) on the internet and haven't had much luck in finding a separate USB driver.
  8. In advance, I'd like to apologize if this is in the wrong section of the forums, I'm not entirely sure where this goes. On to the topic - My computer has had some errors lately with Blue Screening. Sometimes when I power on my computer, it'll Blue Screen after boot, typically after I sign in and all. I've noticed that it's typically when my keyboard has issues (Razer Lycosa, as it's having LED back-lit problems as I'm typing this, lights turning on and off). - Looking to replace this soon. A quick temporary fix to this is unplugging the keyboard from my tower, connection via USB. It's severely irritating. Although it may sound (from my readings and understanding) a power supply problem. I'm convinced that it's not, because I have a Thermaltake Smart M850W PSU. I'm not running any crazy high-end hardware, so I figured 850W is plenty of power to provide to my system. On top of that, once in a while if I plug anything in via USB (webcam, iPod, etc.) my computer will freeze. This is usually the front ports on my tower, and again - it only happens once in a while. Any insight on what errors may be happening? If any hardware or software/driver information is needed, please ask - I wasn't sure what information was relevant. -Narcotic
  9. Thanks for the replies, modern CPU architecture is just a mind blowing idea for me, and I'm trying to understand it a little more. When I went on to think about all this (months ago), I thought it HAD to be some in-depth architecture that I wouldn't entirely understand. I suppose I was on the right track, after reading your replies ccokeman & Mysion. I thought GHz was sort of a measurement of clock construction rate. What does GHz actually measure then? To my knowledge Hertz is some sort of electrical measurement - and I'm sure I could figure out more via research, but since we're talking about it already..
  10. I've always been a fan of AMD, I like their products and their price accordingly. However, there are tons of people that choose Intel over AMD. To start I'll compare my CPU that I've owned for almost 3 years now, to an Intel chip that runs at just about the same speed. Here. AMD Phenom II965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz (OC'd to 3.8 GHz) - $99.99 vs. Intel i7-4820K Ivy Bridge 3.7GHz (Turbo 3.9 GHz) - $324.99 Why is there such a huge price difference if supposedly they run approximately at the same speed? note; I've played on some Intel Core built PCs that are way more powerful than I imagined. What am I missing here?
  11. To be completely honest, I didn't think the image would help much for clarity of point, rather I'd hope it'd bring some attention to someone for help. The native resolution of my monitor is 1920x1080. It is the ASUS VX279Q My video card.. well is on the lower end of medium quality, I got it for cheap. Radeon HD 6850 I know I need a new one, and have been looking into it. Would a new video card correct what you explained here; I have the resolution set to 1080p, thought it doesn't fill the entire monitor. So I used the AMD CCC Overscan option have it fit the entire region. Also, I'm using an HDMI port. On that note, is Display Port any good? I've never even seen a monitor with it.
  12. Well, 2 weeks later, no reply I took a screen shot of how videos are buffering. Since it's a screenshot (digital), and not a photo of the monitor's display, I assume it's a GPU deficiency. Please correct me if my analysis is wrong. Below is how I'm seeing -some- videos and images displayed. I took this shot off of Sony's 1080p test video on YouTube. This is how I'm seeing the images. Small boxes creating the border of shapes, instead of cut lines. Apologies for the small picture. -Narcotic
  13. Sorry for not getting back for a bit, I've been "testing the field" with the monitor to see if I could adjust it. I have already adjusted the overscan to fit the screen properly. That's the correct way to fix the sizing? That's quite strange to me that it wouldn't be programmed that way. I'm currently watching video on the monitor (Breaking Bad actually) and it seems the screen appears.. flickery, or.. How would I explain; sort of like it has a "static pixel" look, like each pixel flickers independantly. Sorry for the ridiculous way of explaining it, I'm unaware of the official term. Anyways, is it because of a GPU threshhold, or is it simply this video that isn't recorded in HD equipment? (It does have the HD setting on, however). If it is just the video, could someone link a proper 1080p video that I can run on it as a good test?
  14. I didn't get any CDs with the monitor, maybe some off the site? Could my GPU be limiting it?
  15. I did come across that page, and it didn't seem to work.. I first tried the resolution they suggested in the guide (1280 x 1020) and it made the top and bottom at the correct height, but it made the left and right even worse, with about 4"+ of space. However, I did find that using the resolution that you suggested (1600x900) had the exact same size space around my viewport as it did when I set it to 1920x1080. This may just be coincidence, but I find it particular that it happens to be precisely the same. Are there any chances that, even though I set it to 1080p, that AMD ccc or some other driver may be down-scaling it to 1600x900? It sounds bazaar to me and I've never heard of that, but is there any way? NOTE: I can get the viewport to fill up my screen by using the "Overscan" slide bar option. I'm not quite sure if it's reducing the quality picture, but it does seem okay.
  16. I use an HDMI cable to connect. I'm using AMD Catalyst Control Center, and it seems the option I need is grey'd out, which I don't understand. I've been looking around the web, and it appears that other people are having troubles with AMD ccc and 1920 x 1080 monitors. Some fixes, and they don't seem to work. My thoughts; I'm set to 1920 x 1080 resolution on both the OSD and the "screen resolution" page. However, it seems -something- is overriding my option and setting it lower, effecting my display, and the black lines around my viewport. I can't put my mouse there, so wouldn't that be my resolution? Apologies if I don't make much sense, this is really irritating me. -Narcotic
  17. Overall, the picture is sort of "meh." Not really crisp lines to text or outline type. I don't have any problems or errors per say like ghosting or what not, it's just not as sharp as I like. Is there anything I can do to change it other than the on-screen buttons? I went in them just now and the "sharpness" option is grey'd out and set to 40/100. EDIT: Also, there's a ~1" margin around the viewport, so I'd assume I have the wrong resolution.. yet.. my PC display settings are set to 1920x1080 as the monitor is intended to be set on. What's the reason for this? From my personal experiences, the margin indicates a wrong resolution setting, and if I correct it, it should improve the image. Any advice? I'm clicked around in these OSD setting for a while..
  18. So, I ordered standard shipping and got it the day after I ordered it, so +1 for Newegg. On to a "just plugged in" review. I just plugged it in, ran a few games (for about 30 mins each, looking around mostly) and I'm not super impressed with the image. First off, the pro's; - I LOVE the frame-less display and the stand, it looks great on my desk. - The colors are extremely vibrant. (Which in my opinion is sort of also a con because they're very bright). - The on-screen monitor settings buttons are very sleek, interesting type of buttons. Took about 10 minutes to get used to them. Rather than constructing a list of cons, I'd like to know whether it's just my GPU that is limiting the picture quality. I have a Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1G. Now I know this isn't the greatest GPU, it was on sale for pretty cheap and I picked it up a while back. Could the GPU I listed be holding back my new monitor (ASUS VX279Q)? -Narcotic
  19. Thanks for the responses guys, the cd/mc2 stuff makes a bit more sense to me now. I'll be ordering the ASUS VX279Q in 2 days, unless the OCC community has any negative testimonies to it. Thanks again for the help, I'm not so knowledgeable to information on monitors. -Narcotic
  20. I've heard some great things about BenQ, though reading some reviews some people were complaining of ghosting. Any personal experience with them? Those people may have just had a bad batch or something. Not interested in the speakers, but for the price I'm interested in the monitor overall. 1920x1080 is plenty enough for me, I don't really need the best of the best resolution haha. Honestly, I just want a solid upgrade (which is just about anything) with a fast enough response time that I don't see any ghosting or lag of any sort. That Lenevo is really nice looking, I like the low profile sides on it. But 14ms response seems high to me. The LG is a decent looking one, I'm considering that. Better yet, I sort of like the ASUS. -What would be the difference between the two? Also, what does (for example the LG) the "IPS 200 cd/m2" mean? (Just for the greater good of knowledge.) AND, I was just browsing the internet, and noticed someone mentioning something about the GTG (I'm not sure what that means anyway, presumably something with the color). QUOTE: "Do you know if that is 5ms GTG? If that is the case, the color response may be higher, and you might notice some ghosting." Is this true, GTG having something to do with the greater color-quality and may cause faster action games/movement to cause ghosting?
  21. Ah, sorry for the refresh rate/response time mix up. I guess my knowledge isn't too great with monitors haha. My budget is sort of around $250-$350 I suppose. I would prefer a monitor over an HDTV (even though I do sometimes plug my HDTV into my tower and it looks fine). My friend got a pretty good looking Samsung, I'm not sure how they level out with price/quality.
  22. Hey, OCC members I'm looking for some advice and tips on a new monitor. My biggest bottleneck right now is my terribly old monitor, it's 1440x900 which I haven't had complaints over, but I'd prefer a new one. Firstly, I'd like to ask preference of refresh rate speeds. I hear tons of people saying that to the human eye, there is small difference between 5ms and 2ms, or that the size can make a huge difference in refresh rate (example a 27"+ sized monitor with 5ms vs 2ms). I have seen both speed monitors in action and there appears to be a small difference, but I don't know if it's just because I KNOW there is a speed difference, opposed to actually seeing it (funny how the brain works). I'm a gamer, looking for a monitor around 27" with good picture and without noticeable refresh speed delays. ALSO, I prefer no speakers built-in to it, which seems to be harder to come by for some reason. Thanks, and will be checking back -Narcotic
  23. Would it be worth it to invest in a water cooling system? I mean I know they're awfully quiet, and from what I understand quite effective. But are they overrated at all?
  24. Sorry for the long time to reply, was out of town for work! Well, budget it's too big of a deal for me (wouldn't go over $200, but that's way more than any CPU sink/fan that I'm aware of). But the votes, are in and I'll give the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo may be the winner. Any last shots, maybe up to $100? I noticed the Hyper 212 Evo that everyone mentioned above is only ~$40 or a bit less, so that sounds like a steal determined by the ratings of it. I typically shop at Newegg for PC hardware. EDIT: Also, I doubt the spacing in my tower will be an issue, I have the Thermaltake Chaser MK-I and it's quite spacey.
  25. I've got an AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz AM3 CPU, and an ASRock 990FX Extreme3 Mobo. Now that that's out of the way; The stock fan for the CPU above is extremely noisy, and from what I read, it's not a good fan to Overclock with. I'd like some suggestions for a fan that is fairly quiet and effective enough to overclock if I desire (Effectiveness > Noise). Thanks, Narcotic
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