ISO: Sony "WATCHman"
THX1138 at dakotacom.net
Thu Aug 17 11:47:25 CDT 2006
John Foust wrote:
> At 08:51 PM 8/16/2006, you wrote:
>> Really? I hadn't realized that there was such a "common
>> failure mode". But, I am unsure of what you are describing...
>> Is the lower third of the display a "solid white band"?
>> Or, is the *retrace* visible on the lower third of the
> Like one or two scan lines that are always white. A few years ago
> when I researched (probably on Usenet or repair webs) there were
> several others with the same problem. I interpolate.
And the rest of the display is "correct"?
Are these really *scan* lines or *retrace* lines
(scan lines are at a very shallow angle; retrace is typically
Are they always on the same place in the picture?
Can you suggest search criteria to find these other
comments (not that I am *doubting* you; rather, looking
for other descriptions to guesstimate what is happening)?
*Or*, can you email me a photo of a screen shot? :>
>> I was hoping to find a monochrome CRT instead of an LCD.
>> Color isn't a requirement. Monochrome LCD's are poor quality.
> Poor quality or low res? I once had a tiny handheld mono LCD TV from
Both. Most monochrome LCD's are blue-green, low contrast
and require a backlight (think "power" + more electronics)
to drive them. They aren't the sort of thing you can *glance*
at and read (I'm thinking of displays in PDA's, etc.)
> Radio Shack made by Casio. But have you told us what's driving this display?
> I would think that would quickly reduce or expand your options.
I'll drive it with whatever I need to in order to get the
images I want on the display. I would prefer NOT going in
through the front end (RF) but can probably bypass that.
(I'll have to look through my Sony docs to see if I have
a Watchman service manual or if that is just too old for
my collection :< )
> VGA? Composite from VGA? Many folks don't realize how low-res
> is composite. Mounted on your arm or your eye?
Mounted in my *pocket*! :> It is only an interim solution...
sort of a backup "console" that I can glance at when/if things
aren't working properly. The watchman package pushes the limit
of what I can stuff in my pocket comfortably...
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