Mac Mini G4 monitor gone bright & washed out?

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

  1. Jmx macrumors member

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    Hi!

    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

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    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

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    Thanks,

    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

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    Try different DVI-to-VGA adapters, and different monitor cables.
     
  5. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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