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My 3 Year Old Hannspree HF257 25″ HD Monitor Died Today.

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Anura Guruge


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bloodyhannsI got this Hannspree 25″ from Best Buy in November 2012, when I got my new Windows 7 PC.

I have used a dual-monitor system for at least the last 12 years, if not longer. I like lots of screen space. With the Hannspree 25″ I had a total of 47″ of horizontal screen space — across two monitors. It has to be across two monitors. I need each monitor to act separately in terms of the active screens they display. With the dual-monitor system I run two instances of FireFox (these days at 18.0.1 with updates disabled). I typically have 17 tabs open across the two instances of FireFox, not counting one of two Word windows, an Excel windows and probably PowerPoint or Paint.net.

I got the Hannspree 25″ cheap — and it always acted cheap. During Christmas of 2007 I took a part-time weekend gig, at Concord Best Buy, promoting Eposn printers. One of the most fun jobs I have had. Also got to meet a lot of very neat Best Buy folks and get to learn some of the Best Buy ropes. So, when I needed a monitor I rushed down to Concord.

They didn’t have many large screen HDs in stock that day. And I wanted one then and there. Couldn’t wait 24 hours. They had the 25″ Hannspree on a shelf, on display. Since I knew some of the folks, I managed to convince them to sell me the display unit. I lucked out. When they started putting in the stuff into the computer to get it ‘off display’ they found that that screen was marked to be discontinued. I could be wrong. I think I got it for about $189.

It was an OK screen. The HD wasn’t that HD. I know my HD. I have had HD TVs since 1999. But, it did what it was meant to — which was provide me with a big screen.

It had an annoying, very distracting, flaw. Not sure whether it was just in my ex-display unit. I never had the time to investigate. But, basically it did NOT retain the PC input setting when it lost power. It had two modes. I needed the 2nd mode to get the right screen resolution. If it got powered off, it lost that setting. I could always set it back again, but it was always finicky — requiring about 6 or 7 button pushings.

I never used to turn it off. It has energy saver. Plus it is on a BIG UPS. But, we lose power here on a regular basis for days on end. Yes, we have two generators. I don’t run my computers off the generator. The frequencies fluctuate too much. I see what it does to my electric clocks, Hate to see it mess up the electronics inside my PC. So, when we are on the generators I turn off the UPS — to stop its annoying beeping. That means the bloody Hannspree would lose its setting.

For the last two weeks I have noticed a pink tinge at the bottom of the screen. I knew it wasn’t good. This morning, while I was working it suddenly went black. Only way to get it back was to recycle power. Screen came back on, and then died again. I was bummed. I checked and tightened all the cables, It stayed up for a couple of hours. Then started dying again. I swapped screens. Put one of my ‘spare’ 17″ screens. That worked. So, I don’t thin it is the video card. Could be. But that pink tinge the last few days was a warning.

It was snowing hard. Couldn’t convince Deanna to drive to Best Buy and get me another 24″ – 26″ monitor. So ordered one from TigerDirect. They had Hannspree. But, avoided those. Later on I Google “Hannspree black screen dead …” Well, appears I am not alone. Seems like a common problem.

C’est la vie. If I get my new monitor to work, I will write about that — of course.

I Went From FireFox 16.0.1 to FireFox 18.0.1; Missed 16.0.2 & All of 17. Recommend That You Disable Automatic Updates.

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Anura Guruge


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>> Now A FireFox 16.0.2 … — Oct. 27, 2012.
>> New Delicious Add-On For FireFox 16.0.1 — Oct. 22, 2012.


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As I have stated before, FireFox and I go back a long, long time. I have stuck with it through thick and thin, though late they are beginning to finally get under my skin.

FireFox 16.0.1 with its issues wasn’t the last straw, but it is getting close.

I refused to update to 16.0.2. I had disabled automatic updates. I show you how to do that. Just go to FireFox >>> Tools >>> Options >>> Advanced and select the Update tab. See above.

To be fair, I had it first set to ‘Check for Updates’. Their prompts became annoying, PLUS I realized that they, quite unnecessarily and unbecomingly, try to TRICK YOU. They give you to buttons: ‘Ask Later’ and ‘Update’. You have to hit one to proceed. It is easy enough to hit the wrong one … and then it is TOO LATE. You can’t stop a FireFox update. Yes, I think if you look hard enough you can find a link at FireFox that enables you to revert back to previous versions. Too much hassle. So, I have totally disabled updates.

This actually is my de facto mode for everything; including Windows Updates. Yes, I admit it. I have the discipline and the motivation. With Windows Updates, once a month, around mid-month, I go and manually check. I also Google to make sure that there are no rogue updates. I also check the list before I agree to the update. I hide ones that don’t make sense or are unnecessary.

Same with FireFox. I was willing to take a calculated risk. I don’t surf for porn. Though I visit over 100 different sites a day, most are respectable. I have PAID Avast and Windows 7. So, I will take a risk.

I disabled the Java Plug-In because of all that flap about Java security. Big mistake for ME. With my work on asteroids I spend a lot of time on NASA and JPL Websites. Suffice to say they have a lot of Java applications, some extremely neat. So, yesterday I had to reinstall the Java Plug-In, which meant reinstalling Java — and REMOVING JavaFX. You don’t need JavaFX. Remove it from the Control Panel. I had to get 18.0.1 to get the Plug-In to work. Hence the update. My backup Windows 7 machine has FireFox 14! Java works fine on that.