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Acer X203W problems

By mopar man
Mar 13, 2009
  1. Ok, Techspot, I'm here for help on more than one level. I have an Aunt who bought an Acer Desktop last year, and it came with the following:

    Ram: 3GB
    OS: WIndows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
    GPU: X1200 Integrated
    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+

    And the problem:
    Monitor: X203W

    Since day 1, the monitor has had an annoying little problem. Everytime they turn the monitor off/on (or it goes into standby) it wants to go black for about 1-2 seconds, like a flash, and come back to normal, but it does it over and over for about 2 minutes, on and off. I have updated the drivers and done all Windows updates. I have no clue what it could be aside from a software or monitor issue, but I don't see any events that pertains to this in the Even Viewer. I have a feeling it's the monitor since it's done it since day one.
    Also, it usually only does it when opening IE (worst) and Opera, or a few other programs. For some reason IE Is the worst about it.
    After I open IE about 10 times, it stops, though...

    BTW, I put AVAST! on it for them when they first got it, so I doubt it's a virus, but I'm running a scan now, just in case.

    Props to the person that helps me, this is getting really annoying.

    Also, Acer's tech support.... sucks. I called them and you could not understand anything the woman was saying (and I'm used to the accent), and the other 2 people weren't much different. They said I should try reformatting before anything else... :/
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Does this happen on another monitor?
     
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    yea try a different monitor if you have one and see if it works normally. i ran into a similar problem with my VX922 recently and it turned out to be the inverter board inside the monitor itself, broken/defective. turns out the units are notorious for crapping out over time. may be consistent with the problem you are facing with the acer.
     
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