Anyone got an old 4:3 19 inch PC monitor spare?

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  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 12:07:07 16,180 posts
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    I'm on the scrounge! I've finally got permission from my missus to build a MAME cabinet. Ideally I should be using a CRT monitor, but technically they are a pain in the arse, bulky and hard to get. So I'm going for an LCD monitor instead.

    I was looking at modern ones, but they are just about all wide screen - you are getting more width, which I don't need - 4:3 size is the best fit for the games, and means I can keep cabinet size down, which keeps the wife happy. I need a response time under 8ms (but I can look that up if you have a model number).

    So does anyone have an old 4:3 19" (or bigger!) LCD monitor knocking about? Happy to pay/have it picked up by courier!
  • THFourteen 10 Jan 2013 12:09:20 41,551 posts
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    i have a CRT which i think matches your description...

    I think you should go old school :-)
  • PhoenixFlames 10 Jan 2013 12:12:19 9,263 posts
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    "Permission from my missus" lol.
  • mrpon 10 Jan 2013 12:16:53 32,522 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Can't work out a gear stick lol
    :D

    Edited by mrpon at 12:17:21 10-01-2013
  • neilka 10 Jan 2013 12:24:58 18,980 posts
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    Invest in a 16:9 monitor and a hacksaw
  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 12:27:55 16,180 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    "Permission from my missus" lol.
    I thought that was going to be the hardest bit...
    She wanted it in the garage, but I've managed to get into the house.
    She must be picturing a sit down Star Wars cab, she can't see how it will fit...

    As for CRTs...yup, to be authentic, probably...but they are such a pain in the arse. They can give you a massive electric shock - even unplugged they store a big charge. They are all getting old, are hard to ship around, big, heavy... I can use software to recreate the shitty picture, insert scan lines etc :) I know bugger all about electrics or woodworking, it's all pretty much a learning experience for me.
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 10 Jan 2013 12:47:12 87,819 posts
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    Get a second hand telly from wherever.
  • souvlaki 10 Jan 2013 12:52:43 799 posts
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    Can't you do a 16:9 in portrait mode?
  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 12:54:36 16,180 posts
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    I'm going up to the dump after lunch to have a poke about their electronics container (a big shipping container full of stuff). TV with a tube again...adding to the depth of the cabinet - I want slimline. But if I see something that looks reasonable I'll nab it.

    Another issue with old CRT monitors/TVs is that when it conks out, they will be ever harder to replace than they are now.
  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 13:02:19 16,180 posts
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    souvlaki wrote:
    Can't you do a 16:9 in portrait mode?
    Could do, but it's still not the preferred option - I could block off the extra height I suppose.

    This is a useful tool for comparing actual screen sizes.
  • THFourteen 10 Jan 2013 13:04:05 41,551 posts
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    I know they are hard to move around and get rid of

    Why do you think i want you to have mine :-D
  • neilka 10 Jan 2013 13:07:59 18,980 posts
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    Good luck finding a 19 incher to satisfy your wife up the dump
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 13:08:05
    do they even still make 4:3 LCD TVs?
  • sport 10 Jan 2013 13:10:34 13,675 posts
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    Could you pick up a griddle pan for me while you're there, DaM? Don't worry if it's dirty, just needs a rinse.
  • Ziz0u 10 Jan 2013 13:10:56 10,853 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Can't work out a gear stick lol
    glol
  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 13:28:41 16,180 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    Good luck finding a 19 incher to satisfy your wife up the dump
    :)

    I can't be the only one tempted to take stuff away from the dump...?!

    I should have learned my lesson, I brought home some glass bricks once, planning to incorporate them into a wall or water flume or something. Still sitting about, covered in moss, 10 years later...
  • mrpon 10 Jan 2013 13:30:30 32,522 posts
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    Freecycle?
  • warlockuk 10 Jan 2013 14:11:41 19,370 posts
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    19" CRT ftw
  • THFourteen 10 Jan 2013 14:16:48 41,551 posts
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    totally agree.
  • Fake_Blood 10 Jan 2013 14:23:58 6,691 posts
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    I also agree, crt or nothing.
  • badwhippet 10 Jan 2013 14:24:53 4 posts
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    I have a VERY old 19" 4:3 LCD monitor (beige, with stand, panel can be rotated to landscape or portrait) with both old-fashioned VGA and the then 'ultra-modern' DVI sockets (you might need a VGA or DVI cable though - not sure I still have that). When I say 'old' it really IS old!! In the day it was one of the earliest flat-panels to be made (an LG) and cost a fortune. Although "flat-panel" it's casing is still about two inches thick so doesn't look very modern now. But it still works like a charm with no faults, and if you're happy to arrange and pay for a courier to collect in UK, you are very welcome to it. It's just sitting in a cupboard gathering a lot of dust. Get in touch if you'd like it.
  • dominalien 10 Jan 2013 14:30:08 8,067 posts
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    Also, since you seem to be concerned with proportions, keep in mind that many 17" and 19" monitors were 1280x1024, which is not 4:3, but 5:4, which is ever so slightly higher.
  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 14:54:26 16,180 posts
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    @badwhippet - cheers, if I can't source one locally I may take you up on that!

    @dominalien - yes, I've noticed that - many which claim to be 4:3 are 5:4. If I have to use that, I'm hoping to be able to output to the correct size. I just don't want a whole lot of empty screen.

    No LCDs at the dump, but a few CRT TVs...still wary - I'm nervous enough about cutting all this wood, never mind degaussing a CRT. They sound dangerous!
  • THFourteen 10 Jan 2013 14:55:02 41,551 posts
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    hey i asked first!

    mine isn't as old as his :-)
  • nickthegun 10 Jan 2013 14:56:15 68,408 posts
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    Also, if you dont smoke, get a few youths round to leave a couple of lit woodbines on the bezel.
  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 14:57:17 16,180 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Also, if you dont smoke, get a few youths round to leave a couple of lit woodbines on the bezel.
    I'm going to put a pint holder on the side.
  • nickthegun 10 Jan 2013 14:59:59 68,408 posts
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    Now youre talking
  • Salaman 10 Jan 2013 15:09:36 21,954 posts
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    You should talk to whoever it was that built their own mame cabinet on here. He might have a few tips. That was quite impressive.

    /clumsy and without DIY aptitude
  • jellyhead 10 Jan 2013 15:19:20 24,346 posts
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    Yeah, have a word with CrispyXUK i think it was them who were building their own last year. Send him a PM.
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