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bsellers, Tell me in "seconds", "minutes", how long is "so long". Do you even see the "boot screen" pop-up when booting the pc? You should see that first if lcd monitor is turned on first. Are you running a Windows OS? Will a "known-good" VGA monitor work ok when connected to your PC?? Will your AL1717 do same thing when connected to different "known-good" PC?? Did you even look at the "date of manufacture" on the rear of your monitor? Retrevo .com lists 1717 as time to retire??? Was your unit produced in "06" or "07"?? Let me know results of doing some simple "swap-out" tests. 12fixlouie
Try hooking an external monitor. If it will still show on the other display, possibly it is a video card problem. But I highly doubt it. Usually for this issue, it will have a good display on an external monitor. Try if it will still appear n the BIOS page. Press F2 several times immediately after turning the computer on. If problem still shows there, then it is the LCD that is causing it to happen. You need to replace the LCD.
The prblem will more likely to be caused by bad capacitors in the power supply, look inside for caps with bulging tops or seals, post bakc what you see so we can guide you further, see example of failed monitors due to bad caps: http://s807.photobucket.com/home/budm/allalbums