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Online Steve Elliott

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CRT Monitor
« on: August 17, 2020, 08:15:24 PM »
Picked up a CRT Monitor today from Mum's Attic.  I don't know if it even works, but I won't trust the VGA Cable it came with so will source a new one.  If it works then it should be great for retro gaming on my Spectrum Next/C64 or Arcade Machine Emulator.
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Re: CRT Monitor
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2020, 07:10:16 AM »
A CRT is the way to go for retro gaming. I wonder if it looks as good as we remember? :P
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Re: CRT Monitor
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2020, 11:34:23 AM »
Do they still make desks strong enough to hold CRT monitors?  :))
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Re: CRT Monitor
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2020, 12:21:14 PM »
lol it's not too large (for a CRT) 17 inch, and yes CRT is optimal for authenticity, some flatscreen tv's/monitors can look rubbish.  For my arcade machine emulator it's running all sorts of shaders to get near a genuine CRT look - and bezels too (with the arcade art)...Which obviously requires more CPU/GPU power to produce.  So instead the Pi 3 could simply plug into a 4:3 CRT to get the same look - but get a faster (more accurate) emulation because it doesn't need to use shaders or bezel art.
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Re: CRT Monitor
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2020, 12:03:37 PM »
The last CRT monitor I had was a 24" Iiyama one that I bought second hand off of eBay.

Seller turned out to be a guy I worked with at Infogrames!

Bloody thing was so heavy it was almost a two-person carry.  :o
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Re: CRT Monitor
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2020, 12:08:54 PM »
Cool story, but I can only imagine the arse-end of a 24 inch monitor - huge!!   :o
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Re: CRT Monitor
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2020, 01:25:56 PM »
Yeah, that was the thing.  IIRC it was about 26Kg which isn't exactly Geoff Capes territory, but getting a good hold of it was... difficult.  I think it had pissy little finger-holds in the sides which were no use at all.
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Re: CRT Monitor
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2020, 02:12:42 PM »
Well that's just it (awkward buggers to move about).  My CRT is only 19KG but it's box was about the size of the attic opening, and I had to get it down a 9 foot standard (ie quite flimsy) loft ladder on my own.
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