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Hi I have a problem with my monitor every time I turn my computer on, the main menu appears on my screen (the one that changes the settings for your monitor)and them this lock appears and flashes, but the thing is I havent touched anything and if I push the buttons on my monitor they dont work. I would greatly appreciate any help

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Great help. Thanks

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Try pressing and holding the menu button for 15 seconds! That should unlock the controls! Regards, babb

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    Armando Babb May 08, 2007

    FYI....The lock you see indicates that the OSD(On Screen Display) is locked! Which is a feature builtin to the monitor to prevent accidentally changing settings, You can lock and unlock at anytime by holding the menu button for 15secs, if that doesn't work something might be wrong with some internal board on your monitor and you should
    take it to a tech for troubleshooting!




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