Mac Mini G4 monitor gone bright & washed out?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jmx, May 28, 2007.

  1. Jmx macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2006

    My old mini G4 1,42 has started showing a washed out picture lately, it's low on contrast and is much brighter than normal.
    I thought it was my monitor but now i've tried 3 monitors and they all give this whitish look.
    I've also reinstalled 10.4 and it's still the same washed out picture.
    I bought it summer of 05 so i guess guarntee isn't an option.

    Anyone experienced anything like this?
  2. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    When you tried the 3 different monitors, did you try using a different cable as well? If so, then I can only assume that it would be for GPU or VGA port (I assume it's not DVI).
  3. Jmx thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2006

    Yes it's CRT's and i've tried different cables.
    I don't have any TFT to try with, maybe that still works.
    Seems pity to throw it away after 2 years :(
  4. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Try different DVI-to-VGA adapters, and different monitor cables.
  5. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    I am assuming you tried color calibration, etc. Might not address the root cause, but might be a short term fix.
  6. Jmx thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2006
    I've now tried different cables, vga adapter and calibration still whitish low contrast picture :(
    Seems more and more like a hardware problem... pity.. it should last a little longer than 2 year.
  7. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    Sometimes you just get a bad Apple (yes pun intended). As another suggested, you can try to counter-calibrate the colour/contrast/brightness and perhaps get something closer to a clear image. Other then that it sounds like a hardware issue with either the VGA port or the actual GPU.
  8. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    I'd take it off your hands :) I can think up plenty of uses for a Mac mini that don't involve an external display.

    (Not saying that this is a minor failure or anything -- it @#$%ing sucks... but I'm in need of another computer ;))

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