monitor jumpy - too old?

By conradguerrero
Dec 31, 2002
  1. Hi, so I have an old Packard Bell monitor and recently the screen has been a little jumpy in that it's image moves up and down slightly. I have recently put in a tnt2 ultra video card and have the resolution set to the monitor's max. No other monitor options were changed though. The 'jumps' only happen once in a while, then nothing. I took off the desktop background image, no noticable change.

    Is my monitor just old? or could it be the new resolution? Maybe the drivers for the tnt2 ultra could be updated, I'm only using the manufacturers driver not NVidea's. Could I use the newer Detonators instead?

    here's a diagnostic:

    Setup Name : Packard Bell 1024S
    Maximum Resolution : 1024x768
    Horizontal Scan Range : 30-49kHz
    Vertical Refresh Range : 50-90Hz
    DPMS Energy Star Compliant : Yes

    PnP/DDC Monitor Data
    Manufacturer : Packard Bell
    Model ID : 4234
    Serial Number : 00000009
    Manufacture Date : 1998 week 24
    Display Type : RGB colour
    CRT/Panel Size : 13 in
    Max. Horizontal/Vertical CRT/Panel Size : 270 mm / 200 mm
    Gamma Factor : 2.80
    DPMS Modes Supported : Off Suspend Standby
    EDID Version : 1.01

    Monitor Established Timings
    Video Mode 0 : 720x400 at 70Hz NI
    Video Mode 1 : 720x400 at 88Hz NI
    Video Mode 2 : 640x480 at 60Hz NI
    Video Mode 3 : 640x480 at 67Hz NI
    Video Mode 4 : 640x480 at 75Hz NI
    Video Mode 5 : 1024x768 at 87Hz I
    Video Mode 6 : 1024x768 at 60Hz NI
    Video Mode 7 : 1024x768 at 75Hz NI
    Video Mode 8 : 1280x1024 at 75Hz NI
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I'd say it's your video card drivers - try updating them to some of the old Detonators, not the 30's or the 40's since those are optimized toward the GF3's and the GF4's, respectively. Try the 10's, or even the 20's. See if that fixes your problem.

    You mentioned "new resolution" - which was the monitor's maximum, 1024x768. What resolution were you running it at before? 800x600? If so, then try reverting back to that resolution for like an hour to see if it still does it.
  3. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 310

    I am now downloading the new detonator drivers and will post back when I am finished testing them.
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    What Detonator version? Not the 40's...
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    By "jumpy" I assume you mean a visable annoying flickering?
    What refresh rate are you using? The lower it is the worse the flicker will be, especially at higher resolutions.
  6. palmboy5

    palmboy5 TS Rookie Posts: 71

    my 7 year old monitor (that can do 1280x1024:eek: ) its been shaking around whenever there is a vibration....
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    I've seen this problem before, and I've seen it caused by two problems - Video card or monitor.

    I would recommend getting yourself ahold of another video card and see if it does this. If it does not, than it is definitely the monitor.

    I've never heard of video drivers do this.
  8. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 310

    It look like the problem has abated, the newer drivers may have helped. The 'jumps' were vertical up and down movements of about 1/8 of an inch. So far no new jumps. Will post if it happens again, thanks everyone.

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