Monitor mysteriously (to me) blue-tinted

By Walker325
May 13, 2006
  1. I had a slightly puzzling thing happen to me, well specifically to my computer's monitor. Okay, I have two computers in my house right now. One of them is for internet and the other one is for accidentally messing up in creative ways. :) This morning I had a problem (and this problem continues to persist) with the latter computer. I booted it up, and all the colors were wrong. Specifically, they are wrong in a very orderly way. All of the colors have shifted towards blue. It's kinda like someone put a semi-transparent blue screen over my monitor.

    This was a little surprising because the monitor worked perfectly yesterday without a hint of planning this special treat for me. The monitor is pretty old (I guess about 9 years or so), but until today was still running strong. The problem is present during that text thingy the bios does when I turn the computer on, and so I thought it's probably not something with windows. I thought maybe the monitor itself was starting to die on me, and so I moved it across the room and connected it to the other computer.

    When I did that, it worked perfectly. I thought, "gosh, that stinks. The problem is with my computer." I decided to test this by moving my computer to where the other computer was sitting and connecting it to the other computer's monitor. When I did that, everything worked right and the colors were right. I thought, "hmm, that's strange", and decided to try something.

    Since my computer (the non-internet one) was sitting next to its monitor, and both of them were near the other computer I decided to test them. When I did that, the computer/monitor worked properly. I thought, maybe something inside my monitor moved around when I carried it and so I put the computer and monitor in their normal place. When I booted up the computer again after putting it back in place the problem was there again.

    I tried unplugging all electrical devices that were near the comptuer. That didn't help. I tried connecting it via extension cords to a different wall outlet. (Yeah, I know you're probably thinking, "what's that supposed to do?") It still didn't work. To add insult to injury, the notebook works perfectly when it's sitting next to my semi-functional monitor.

    I'm not an electronics guy, and so I have no idea what's going on here. I just know my monitor is sitting in the same place it's alway sat, and today it decided to be a jerk. There's not enough room to set up the computer in a different place, and so I'm stuck here with an annoyingly blue-tinted monitor. What should I do? What could be causing this?

    BTW, sorry about how long this post is.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Check the pins in the monitor lead to see if any are bent or discoloured.
  3. Walker325

    Walker325 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I checked. all the pins are there, straight, and not discolored.
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,875   +332

    How about the cable? Try using the known good one. The one that connects the internet PC with its monitor.
  5. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Did anything change in the house? Did you move some large appliance to some new location? My point is this happened to me once I had my PC on desk there for about a year and one day the monitor went purple all down one side. We had just installed a new hot tube outside, but the electrical feed went through the wall just behind my computer desk. I moved my desk about a foot to the right and it was ok.
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