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No power light and flickering screen

My monitor has some age on it the monitor wont power up and the screen flicker the power light doesn't come on when it does come on i can get the setup menu to run to set the resolution and adjust the screen can my monitor be saved or is it time for a new one?

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Try to replace the cables first. if it that doesnt help then replace the monitor.

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    Flickering on the screen can be caused by defective hardware in the computer or by improperly installed software, but it can also be caused by interference from external devices. The following examples describe situations in which your screen could start flickering:
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  2. Reinstalling the video drivers

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    3. Double-click the System icon.
    4. Select the Device Manager tab in the System Properties window.
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    6. Click the plus sign (+) in front of both items to get a list of installed devices.
    7. You need to remove every device by highlighting it and clicking the Remove button and OK when the warning message appears.
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    9. Close the Device Manager by clicking OK, and you will return to the Control Panel.
    10. Double-click the Add New Hardware icon.
    11. Click Next, select Yes when it asks "Do you want Windows to search for your new hardware?", and click Next twice to start searching for new hardware.
    12. This will take a few minutes and, after it is finished, you will have to restart the computer. Windows 95 or higher will automatically set up the correct monitor and video drivers.
    13. If the screen is still flickering, click Start, select Settings, and click Control Panel.
    14. Double-click the Display icon and select the Refresh tab.
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    3. If the flickering persists, check the setup of your system. If available in the setup, make sure that the option Monitor Type is configured as Colour Non-Interlaced.

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