My trusty Iiyama LCD monitor died on my birthday having given us 4 years of hard earned service. I checked with Iiyama and it had run out of warranty around Easter so there wasn't much we could do - the repair cost was unlikely to be worth the hassle.
As part of my delayed plans to build a new PC I had always intended to buy a new monitor and had been eyeing up Alex's Samsung Beast since he needed my help setting it up a few months back!
However only a few days before my bereavement I had read a review of the new Viewsonic 22 inch monster and even though it worked out a few pennies more than the Samsung I decided that it was the one for us!
Well the monitor arrived on Tuesday and talk about a faff to set it up! The digital setup refused to play ball and I had to resort to an analogue connection whilst I worked out what was wrong with it.
I spent 30 minutes of the phone to Viewsonic's techies and got no help whatsoever, just a we don't know but we'll ring you back! (When?)
Anyway I ploughed on and decided to wipe down the drivers and to start afresh.
Bingo... I updated the graphic drivers and instantly everything worked fine. I then installed the monitor drivers and it all went to hell again!
Third time lucky? I uninstalled all the drivers again and reinstalled the graphics drivers and decided that Microsoft's generic "Plug and Play Monitor" driver seemed to be much more reliable than Viewsonic's own, so I left it at that!
Anyway after 2 days I am very pleased. Running games at full screen is beautiful, although it does tax this poor PC a little bit! DVDs look good and 1080P HD Trailers I downloaded as a test look amazing (apart from Beowolf which looks shit! - stupid CGI animation.).
Now I just need to get used to surfing in widescreen!