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Signs of a dying monitor?

By Arc
Oct 2, 2004
  1. Well a little background about my pc. I got it two or so years ago (going on three in December). Its a HP Pavilion 7965. The monitor itself says "mx 75".

    Anyhow, I've never had problems with it til lately when I moved into my dorm. The screen itself tends slightly pixelate in small areas (usually a straight line across the screen). Its very hard to notice unless you're really paying attention to it. Though yesterday it sort of "had a heart attack" as my room mate called it.

    I was surfing for something and the moment a site loaded the monitor began to turn off and on rapidly. It made the usual click sound it always makes whenever you turn it on or off. It didn't respond to hitting the power button on it.

    My first thought was the power supply was going mad so I unplugged the monitor only and then the other plug that was next to it and then replugged it. It turned back on doing the same thing.

    Then, I simply killed the entire system via my power strip and let it reboot. It didn't start doing it again so I went back to surfing.

    Once again, the same site loaded and it began again. This time I managed to get it to turn off while catching it between turning off and on (when the screen was off).

    I managed to close the window with the site an everything was fine. So I thought the site was the source of the problem so I sent my boyfriend the link. He said it worked fine for him.

    Now what's around my montior: Just the tower, my tablet and our mini fridge is about two feet away. I don't know if the fridge could be doing anything.

    I hope this is enough information. And oh yes, the link to the site I was at is this:

    http://www.activoteamerica.com/TX/tx.html

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Sounds like you`re right the monitors gone bad. Have you tried a different monitor? Regards Howard:grinthumb
     
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Welcome to TechSpot

    Since you recently moved your gear, it could be that the graphics card inside the PC has become a bit unstuck.
    Switch everything off, then open the PC and check that all cards and memory are properly seated. Switch back on, see if your monitor has a Degauss-button to de-magnetise the screen. If soi, press on it and see if there is any improvement .
    If the fault only occurs on that particular website, check the refresh-rate for the monitor. Rightclick anywhere on the desktop, select Properties, go to the last tab Settings, go into advanced.
    Not knowing your OS or card, you should be able to find a setting for Refresh. This should be 75 or higher. "Optimal" is not good enough.
     
  4. Arc

    Arc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, a little update.

    Yes, I did switch out my monitor with my roomie's and it worked just fine. I even revisited that site.

    Then I turned the refresh rate to 85 and it still did it.

    :) As soon as I can find a screw driver I'll go ahead and open my baby up. I'm sure someone in our hall will have one.
     
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Do NOT open a monitor!

    Do NOT!!!

    They are not the same as PCs inside. They contain real dangers.
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    I think Arc is referring to opening her PC, not the monitor, which should not be opened as Phant said.
     
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Interesting phenomenon.. does the same happen if you use another browser, or if you disable site styles (fonts & colors) ?
     
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    I checked that website, and it uses Java heavily.

    You should perhaps update or install a better version of the Java an your PC
     
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