Burning smell from monitor

  Thatslife 08:24 22 Jun 2006

I offered to install my old graphics card on my friends PC (P4 3.4Ghz XP home) as he was using the onborad graphics and needed a bit more power to play his game.

The card I installed was Geforce 5200 128mb.

When I connected it and after re-starting the computer a burning smell started coming out of the monitor and the screen was blank.

Removed the card and went back to on board and it's fine.

The monitor is a 6 year old CRT he got for £20 from a coputer fair - The card was working fine when I removed it from mine. Could the monitor not take the output from the card?

  xania 09:01 22 Jun 2006

Possibly the Monitor is set a too high setting for the card? Set the card abd the monitor to their most basic settings and then try again.

  spuds 10:13 22 Jun 2006

Be careful when you start to get burning smells from electronic/electrical components, especially if they are 'aged'. Stress could be putting to much pressure on certain parts, which may lead to eventual breakdown.

Paying £20 for a six year old CRT monitor is not a wise decision nowadays. These type of units (17") are available for about £40/£50 with a three year warranty, if you shop around.

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