Monitor issues

Feb 22, 2010
  1. Ok here is my problem sometimes when I turn on my pc my montior will not turn on. The light will blink indicating it has power but screen is black. And other times it works fine. I have noticed that if I turn my montior off before turning on my computer that helps sometimes. And other times when i am away from my pc like when I run a virus scan the monitor will turn off and i would have to restart in order to fix it. Please help.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,185   +225

    What kind of monitor is it? CRT or LCD? Make and model?
  3. NaSMaX

    NaSMaX TS Rookie Topic Starter

    LCD samsung syncMaster 712n, sorry I had to get home first.
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Sounds like another case of a dying inverter board. When the power LED blinks like that it can suggest that the inverter board inside the screen is either overheating or not functioning properly. Something similar happened with my last monitor, which finally bit the dust after I couldn't get any video out of it at all. Just for kicks though... are you using any custom power schemes or hibernation with your system?
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,185   +225

    Yes, swap out the monitor with another. This will tell you if it is the monitor that is bad
  6. NaSMaX

    NaSMaX TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok I went to my neighborhood micro center and followed some advice with the buy there. I changed the VGA cable, no dice. I used my motherboard video card instead of my separate one, still no dice. So by process of elimination It's got to be the monitor. Does this make sense to you? Also getting my hands on another monitor without buying a new one is harder then it seems.
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,185   +225

    "Also getting my hands on another monitor without buying a new one is harder then it seems"...

    You don't have a friend or co-worker that you can borrow a monitor from? I do think it is the monitor
  8. NaSMaX

    NaSMaX TS Rookie Topic Starter

    one of the disadvantages of living amongst neo-luddites...
  9. Frosty21

    Frosty21 TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Well I remember in one of my old monitors, I had the same problem, all i did was open the Monitor back panel, took out the fuse (hard to find) and put a new fuse in and it worked!
  10. Appzalien

    Appzalien TS Rookie Posts: 94

    I had a similar problem with an LCD monitor. Since they all seem to plug in in the back facing upwards, the power cord (which doesn't have a locking mechanism like the video cord) can work loose and slip down. The video cord can slip down too if you do not use the screw-on holders. You can also try shutting down, pulling and replacing the video card to reposition its gold fingers and clean then a little at the same time. Just unplugging and plugging back in often is enough to clean the contacts for awhile.
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