tech

Fix: No Composite Input Signal Blue Box (Dell Ultrasharp Monitors)

So today I noticed all of my touch buttons on my Dell monitor on, which should only happen when I'm near it.

I figured some dust was on it and activated the buttons or something, so I wiped my hand across the buttons. My monitor turned off and turned back on (as it does when switching input modes) and when it came back on it had a big blue box in the bottom right with an error saying, "No Composite Input Signal."

The rest of the screen was OK, I could still use my PC and switch to my Xbox and it was all good, except for this giant blue box in the bottom right.

So I went to Google searching for help.
I found a lot of people with the same issue, but nobody really had any idea of how to fix it.

I hopped in to the menu and played around for a while until I came across PIP settings. After a few minute I realised PIP stood for Picture-in-Picture (something I didn't even realise this monitor did) and it made sense that this big blue box in the bottom right would be for PIP. I hopped in to the PIP settings and turned it off and voila! The blue box was gone.

So rather than signing up to all these tech help services and posting the answer, I hope my strangely high google rank helps people find this answer :)

Mine is a 2009 model, so my menu/options may differ slightly from earlier/later models, but here are the exact instructions to fix this issue:

  1. Hit your touch button to bring up the touch menu.
  2. Hit the "menu" button and scroll down to PIP settings.
  3. Hit "PIP Mode" (which should read at the moment "PIP") and change it to "Off".
Posted in tech | Tagged , | 10 Comments |
tech

Dismayage

What ever happened to getting games with your video card? I remember bringing home my shiny new ATi 9600XT. I unwrapped it, pulled out the driver disc and out fell a game. In that case I believe it was one of the Tomb Raider games. Sure they weren't the best games at the time, but they were quality and really good. Another classic game I got with one of my video cards was Black Hawk Down. That was way before all the Battlefields and Call of Duties flooded the gaming market with World War II clones of each other, so the war game genre was still pretty new to me.

9600 GT Packaging
9600 GT Packaging

I purchased a new 512MB GeForce 9600GT earlier this week. Unwrapping it I was dismayed to find no game. Then I realised I hadn't gotten a game with either of my previous video cards either. (7600GT and an 8600GT, see a pattern? I don't. What are you talking about?)
Maybe it's because of all the rampant video game piracy that the video game market just can't afford to package their games any more. Maybe it's just because I keep buying mid-range cards, that don't come packaged. Either way, I'm annoyed. I'm going to write the government a letter. They'll help me out!

I also purchased a new CPU while I was there. An AMDx2 6000+. Processing power of the GODS!

Posted in tech | 5 Comments |
tech

New Monitor

New Monitor
New Monitor

I just went out and bought a 22" widescreen monitor to finally replace my old dying 19" CRT that's so big it hardly even fits inside the house.
I was going to put a "yo momma's so fat" joke here and replace the mums with my monitor but I can't be bothered.
Since the old one was so freakin' big I now have about 5km² of desk free to use as I please.
After two decades of education it's come to my attention that humans are visual creatures, and therefore I have supplied an image to suit your curiosity.

Everything looks so much better in widescreen.
The clarity is so much better than the CRT as well.
<3

Posted in tech | 6 Comments |