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Montior gone dead ?

My Inspiron 530 has been operating normally. I shut it off when I last used it a few days ago.

This morning, the computer boots up but the monitor stays black. It is as if there is no power to the monitor, however all of the plugs seem intact.

There is a little icon on the keyboard which might be related to this. It is illuminated in green. It looks like a little lock with the number 9 inside. What is this and does it have something to do with the monitor not coming up ?

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  • travelandnat Dec 30, 2008

    Thanks to all of you, so much ! I will try all of the above and get back to you.

    Dman - There is no light at all on the monitor. I wondered about the contrast. I have not tweaked it, but things happen. I do not find dials on the bottom front of the monitor. Where does one adjust the contrast, anyway ?

    Cytherian - The monitor is about 2 years old. It is the CRT type.

    honest1abe - So THAT's the Num Lock indicator. Good to know, I am sure. I have heard of that but I do not know the function of the Num Lock indicator.

    Thank you all for helping a computer neophyte. U R GR8


  • travelandnat Dec 30, 2008

    Everyone -

    Thanks for all of the good advice. I did all of the suggestions, and the monitor was still DOA.

    I noticed that the switch itself was loose. I took the cabinet off and tightened the switch, but still no luck.

    So it is time to shop the after Christmas sales for a new monitor. I do appreciate all of the information and will remember these tips for future trouble shooting.


  • travelandnat Dec 31, 2008

    Yes, indeed, just finished ordering a spanking new LCD monitor.

    Thanks, everyone.

  • Grae88 Jan 21, 2009

    I have an Inspiron 530 Desktop. When i push the power button it starts up like normal but seconds later shuts itself down. It repeats this once more on its own before staying on and beeping once. All the while the monitor stays black. I have an 22 inch LCD monitor and have made certain that all connections are secured.

  • dmantek May 11, 2010


    Is the light on the bottom right corner of your monitor off or blinking amber or green? Did you try adjusting the contrast on the monitor?

    What dell keyboard do you have? The one I have doesn't have the key you mentioned. Thanks,



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Your keyboard can't know anything about the monitor, unless it was hooked in through a USB port on the monitor and there is some proprietary design that shows monitor status on it (but I doubt it). How old is the monitor? It is a CRT or LCD type?

Your monitor should have a small LED to indicate it has power. If that is not lit up then, your monitor has a power issue. Try unplugging it, wait a minute, and then plug it back in again. If there is still no change, then your monitor power supply is likely blown.

If your monitor LED light does come on, double check your connections to the computer. Disconnect and then reconnect the monitor and try starting your computer again.

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    Gary Dec 30, 2008

    Yes, it sounds like your monitor is faulty. The fact that you do see an image but it is very, very dark means that the tube has suffered some failure.

    Anyway, CRT's are old-school. It's time to treat yourself to a nice LCD monitor! :-) Good luck.


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The icon you are seeing is the Num Lock indicator. What that means is the computer has probably booted up successfully.

If you have another computer or laptop, hook up your monitor to the other computer to see if you get a display.

If no other computer to try with, try unplugging the monitor and with the power unplugged, press the power button for about 15 seconds.

Reconnect power and make sure the monitor powers on, then connect it to your PC.

Let me know if this helps or if you have additional questions.


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    honest1abe Dec 30, 2008

    If there is no light on your CRT at all, first check the power cord. Unplug it completely at both ends and re-plug it firmly, then push the power button to see if it lights up.

    If it never lights up anywhere, I'd say your monitor died on you. Time for a replacement.


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