Not sure if you remember my problems with a 17" KDS monitor this past summer, but it wasn't a fun ordeal at all. I too bought a KDS monitor from wally world in Oct 2001 (Date of manufacturing was Sept 01); however, it was a CRT. At the time, it was just under $200 when others were well over $300, so I figured...what the heck.
It was a fine little monitor...until August 2004. I came home and sat for a long game of COD. After about an hour, I get up to make coffee or something, come back, take a seat, and it starts clicking away...like it's trying to switch refresh rates...at about a 5hz pace. I shut that pig down and let it sit. Try to turn it on 10 minutes later and "POOOOF!" lets out a big puff of smoke. It took out the video card (3 month old 9800Pro) as well. The area around the Analog jack was charred, but the DVI port still worked...odd, but it allowed a dongle to convert over another monitor I had around.
KDS would honor the monitor, but it had to be shipped prior to the end of Sept'04 in order to fall under their warranty. I had to wait for an RMA number. That took one hellovan amount of time and patience in order to just get...3 weeks later I had one. I was, however, under the impression that I shipped it there under my dollar, and they covered it on the way back. Nope. I was told that I'd be charged both ways. CRT's are big and heavy, and it wasn't going to be cheap to have a new POS KDS monitor shipped to and from where ever. And they would not, under any cercumstances, cover my card's damage. Screw all that.
Long story wrapped up, I just threw the hunk of crap away 3 days ago. I had to do a sneak and dump in a business' dumpster as my county freaks out on bulk monitor disposal (ironic, but today my company took up monitors for disposal and I could have added mine into the lot:p). It would have been cheaper to fedex the thing to them just so they can throw it away for me. I curse KDS and anything they make; and the people on the other end, if that's what they really are, are even worse.
I'd have a case for the Dog, but I veto'd that power when I made the decision of not wanting to pay for the shipping. Throwing that thing away was my gain though...Viewsonic's rock!