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Old 10-27-2005, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default Can 32-bit color burn out my monitor?

I have a five year old computer monitor. It's old and I need to replace it soon, but I was wondering about something that happens with my new video card: most games want to use 32-bit color no matter what I do, and this worries me because I'm not sure if this monitor can handle it. As I said, this monitor is at least five years old, and I have no cash to buy a new one for the moment.

Is there a way to find out if this will do any damage or burn out my monitor? Or does the monitor simply ignore the higher amount of colors?

(By the way, this is a cheapy, no name brand monitor from China. It came with my first computer, bought five years ago (of course). And since everything was made out of cheapy imitation parts... there's no information on this model online. Oy.

Thanks.
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Old 10-27-2005, 08:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: Can 32-bit color burn out my monitor?

To the best of my knowledge, any monitor that can do 800x600 can do 32-bit color. That may not be true, but... I've never heard of a monitor blowing out because it was handed too much color.
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Old 10-27-2005, 03:04 PM   #3
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Default No such thing as too much color *nt*

> most games want to use
> 32-bit color no matter what I do, and this worries me
> because I'm not sure if this monitor can handle it.
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Old 10-27-2005, 03:07 PM   #4
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Default Re: Can 32-bit color burn out my monitor?

> Is there a way to find out if this will do any damage or
> burn out my monitor? Or does the monitor simply ignore the
> higher amount of colors?

Your monitor is an analog device (assuming you have a CRT or many LCDs). The only thing that cares about the precision of the colors is your video card. Resolution is a different issue, but you don't seem concerned about that.
If it's monochrome, though...
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:27 PM   #5
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Default Re: Can 32-bit color burn out my monitor?

> Your monitor is an analog device (assuming you have a CRT or
> many LCDs). The only thing that cares about the precision
> of the colors is your video card. Resolution is a different
> issue, but you don't seem concerned about that.
> If it's monochrome, though...

Yeah, I can just imagine it trying to display 16 million different SHADES OF GREEN!<img src=smilies/laff.gif>
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:15 AM   #6
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Default Re: Can 32-bit color burn out my monitor?

Man, that would look interesting. Especially if one had a plasma monitor.
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Old 10-28-2005, 02:38 AM   #7
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> Man, that would look interesting. Especially if one had a
> plasma monitor.
>
For about 3 seconds and then it would be a terrible waste of a plasma monitor. <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif>
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Old 11-01-2005, 11:30 PM   #8
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Default Re: Can 32-bit color burn out my monitor?

Nah, color depth doesn't matter.
Think of a computer monitor like a tube TV... it'll handle anything that's thrown at it. The only way you can possibly even hope to hurt a CRT is to feed it resolutions or refresh rates it's not designed to handle, but most CRTs nowadays have a "safety shutoff" switch that trips if it recognizes something that's beyond the range of normal operation.

Colors displayed on a CRT are determined solely by the amount of red, green and blue the tube's projecting or something, so there really is no limit to the number of different colors one can display. More information about CRTs is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathode_ray_tube

so no, you're completely safe, and 5 years isn't old for a CRT. My 21" is about 5 years old, and it still works perfectly. I kinda expect it to go poof any day now, because my boyfriend's recently started emitting a high-pitched squeal, then stopped coming on altogether, but... well, we'll visit that when it's mandatory.

I really like your new icon, btw. XD

Edit: woo, 500 posts!<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by Audigy on 11/01/05 06:30 PM.</FONT></P>
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