Long story so please bare with me.
Around April of this year, my PC started to display a strange glitch. The left side of the screen was bent inward. Like someone took a shovel to my windows xp display, and as a result, the left side of the screen is noticeably bent inward. I originally thought this was a video card problem. My model was a Gateway e4100. So I bought a new PC off ebay. Same model. After hooking it up, I still see the same problem! To move this story along quicker, I have bought 3 Gateway e4100's (seller refurbished) from Ebay and I am still having the same problem with this left-side-bent-inward display.
I thought the computers were faulty with bad cards, video chipsets, or something. So I sent them all back. I have tested different hard drives, three different monitors (2 CRT's 1 Flatscreen), have taken the PC out of the living room and into one of the bedrooms for testing, have fiddled with the monitor settings for trapezoid, pin-cushion, etc., have checked out the VGA cables which aren't damaged, and then today. A Gateway e4610 with Windows 7 installed which I ordered from New Egg arrived. Manufacturer Refurbished. I got it hooked up, turned it on, and THE SAME ISSUE!
The left side of the screen is bent inwards still! I tested my flatscreen with this new unit and the issue persists! I am at my wits end now. Can anyone take a stab at nailing down the problem? I don't know what else to do. I thought my monitor could be the issue but three monitors don't all go bad at the same time. And prior to the first week of April, everything was gravy. Then within that first week, this (whatever it is) happened.
Have tested two different operating systems: Windows 7 and Windows XP
4 different computer towers tested
Three different monitors
Three different hard drives SATA and IDE
Tested in two different parts of the house