broken monitor or not???

By tonyals22 ยท 12 replies
Nov 3, 2003
  1. My monitor is pitch black when I turn my pc on. Does this mean its broken or that something else maybe wrong withit? The monitor light comes on but no picture
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Check the connection, it could have simply just come unplugged. Make sure everything is tight on the monitor as well as the video card. Also make sure your video card is pushed tightly into the agp/pci slot. Have you done anything recently to make anything go wrong? Did you hear any noises?

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  3. tonyals22

    tonyals22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Monitor broken or not???

    Well I was cat sitting a few weeks ago and I believe he must have ran behind my computer desk and hit something. one of the pins inside of the monitor plug is gone....but then again. I looked at the plug on my pc at work and the same pin is missing fromthis plug also, so I dont believe thats the problem. Where is the video card located???? Thats the only thing I can think of but I have no clue as to where its located on the back of the pc
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    The video card is where you plug the monitor into, unless you have onboard graphics, in which the 'video card' is located on your motherboard.

    Yes missing 1 pin is normal on monitors.
  5. FredGarcia1512

    FredGarcia1512 TS Rookie

    Help!!!Monitor Problems!!!

    I have no idea what's going on with my monitor. The picture is all messed up. I think it might be the tube or something. This is an idea of wat it looks like.

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    I don't know if you understand but its like the sides are bent inwards and when i try to change the settings on the monitor nothing happens. I change the size but it just stays the same.

    Please help!!!

  6. Crazy

    Crazy TS Rookie Posts: 139

    My old 15" Nokia monitor has the same problem once in a while, best sollution i've found is just to hit it on top of the monitor.

    Most of the time it imidiatly jumps back to normal picture.

    Greets Crazy,

    PS: dont hit to soft but not to hard eighter
  7. FredGarcia1512

    FredGarcia1512 TS Rookie

    I tried hitting it until my hand hurt. Nothing. Anything else I might be able to do??

  8. tonyals22

    tonyals22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Do what I had another one!!!!!! I ended up purchasing a monitor at a computer fair for $39
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I think a new monitor might be the best solution, especially if this one is pretty old. As tony said you can get a pretty cheap one if you look around.

    BTW :wave:Welcome to TechSpot :wave:
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Check in your advance display properties, depending on the card and drivers sometimes you can change the way the display looks (i.e. not bent) without actually using the monitor controls. Also does this happen at all resolutions and refresh rates? Try changing the resolution and refresh rate if you haven't done so already.
  11. Krugger

    Krugger TS Rookie Posts: 173

    also try to see if you on screen monitor menu has a degauss option. sometimes that can help.
  12. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 160

    Tony, just a thought have you checked the brightness controll is up, sometimes we neglect the smallest things. :)

    Fred What u are experiencing is a pin cushion effect if your monitor has no control over pin cushion settings, you will have to reduce your refresh rate.
  13. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Thanks for posting that Shiney.....I was just about to. I've seen cases here at work where some fun-loving gremlin has adjusted monitor settings down just to screw with people.
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