So it turns out that Qaso81 was correct in stating that it was a Hardware issue, and I can only assume that he was also correct in stating that the issue was a cracked data line somewhere within the monitor. His solution was supported by the fact that connecting different sources (like an xbox 360 into the HDMI port, and a laptop into the VGA port) revealed the same signal redrawing distortions, thus isolating the problem to the monitor itself rather than any input device. There is no fix for this issue/defect, you will need to RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) it, which will in end effect provide you with a new monitor.
As far as I can tell, this problem (which in my case was with the ASUS VG27H8) is still covered under the warranty for 3 years, so even though I didn't have an extended warranty and it was outside the 30 day limit for and in-store replacement, I was able to process the RMA manually. Here are the steps for that:
1. Read the Warranty policy HERE to make sure you don't say anything that will somehow accidentally be taken the wrong way and screw you over.
2. Look up the support phone # corresponding to your country (in my case, Canada) here:
if that doesn't work, you can finding it on this website as well
3. Explain very clearly to the support technician that:
- there is [hopefully] no exterior damage
- that you assumed it to be a driver issue, but neither updates nor rollbacks helped
- that you connected other input devices to monitor and received the same responses
- and that you found the same problem online (provide the url to this thread) containing pictures and a diagnosis that match your findings.
4. The Technician will then send you an e-mail with further instructions.
5. Follow those [packaging, labeling, etc] instructions.*
6. Get your new monitor.
*NOTE: Do yourself a favor, and ONLY pack the monitor without ANYTHING else (ex. the base & screws). Upon pickup (which was after only 3 days because I was able to drop it off in person to a service center location), I checked the contents to make sure I had all the parts I needed, only find that the screws needed to mount the screen to the base were missing. I was stuck there for almost an hour trying to convince the technicians of the painfully obvious fact that I required 2 screws (not 0, or just 1) to safely mount my monitor. The [apparent] problem was authorization, because for some reason, they were being assured that only 1 screw through the center (where there was no screw hole to work it into) was necessary. AGAIN, literally ONLY PACK the MONITOR; NOTHING else.
I hope this helps someone out in the future & thanks again to everyone who answered my call for help.
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