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Inoperative monitor This has now (4 years old - 3 months apart failures) happened on both monitors: Screen displays what Dell calls Self Test Feature Check. This box with 2: Digital Input.... with 4 color bars roams across the dark screen. Online Dell support talks about Cables and video card from computer, but when the inop monitor is moved to the other Dell computer, same problem. When any good monitor is moved to the computer that had the inop monitor, every other monitor has worked. "Digital Input" is interesting, since we are operating with the blue cable, which I thought was analog, and not the white cable, which I thought was digital, but I probably have that concept wrong. I tried Dell support, but since this is home, and not business, I get India, and all I hear is "budget for a new one." One opined that he agreed with me that some board in the monitor was not recognizing the video signal. thanks

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Here are a couple things to try.

1. try the input select button on the monitor (The minnus button) without pressing the OSD menu button 1st, see if it changes to analog.

http://support.us.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/1703fps/en/controls.htm

When the DVI self-test screen is up, it is indicating monitor is in DVI mode.

2. If that doesn't work, try a DVI to analog converter on the DVI port on the monitor and connect the analog cable to the converter. See if you get any video that way.

3. If you can access the On-Screen Display (OSD Menu) perform a factory reset.

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If this monitor has multiple input types have you tried the other input modes IE if using DVI input switch cable and try on a HD15 system, if it works then great...... hopefully you can swap it so that you have a working monitor on all your systems

there are more than 2 different types of cable for a monitor, and there are more if you include MAC..etc....
the main ones are
DVI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface
HD15 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD15
BNC5 http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?tabs=n&ModuleNo=97368&ma=VGA%2015(M)-BNC%201.5m

there are others around, but these are the most prevelant

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