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If I Come Out Of Standby, Gateway FPD 1830 flickers, then black

I used to have a large monitor, but my dad was getting rid of his Gateway FPD 1830 since he was upgrading. So I took his. I am used to keeping my computer in standby, but when I try to do that with this monitor, it doesn't work well.
The monitor will flash on for a few seconds, then go to black. I have found that if I push the "Source/Set" button, the screen will come back for another few seconds. After doing this several times in a row, and opening up my internet in the second long glimpses I get of my screen, the monitor will stabilize and come completely on.
Once the screen's on, it's on. I have no further issues with it. So, yes, it's usable. But it is such a pain and takes minutes for me to load up my computer! And remember :) I'm used to coming out of standby lickety-split! I'm so irked with this monitor, I'm about to plug in my old, clunky, huge, curved monitor again--even though it is so much bigger than this flatscreen--just to save me time when I start up unless you all can figure out what the issue is?
When my dad used the monitor, he always had his computer boot up from being off, never used standby, and never had the problem. So I'm thinking, standby is the problem? Any way around this? Thanks!

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  • indyford88 Feb 15, 2009

    I'm not completely familiar with the Power Options. I went into Control Panel, clicked on Power Options, and under Power Schemes: Home/Office Desk my "Turn Off Monitor" is set at "Never". But when I go into standby via the Start Button to Turn Off Computer to Standby, the system goes into standby and my monitor goes to DSUB Power Save Mode (or something like that) and then goes black and the power button turns yellow. I don't click the power button on the monitor to turn it off. I let it stay yellow. When I wake the computer back up from standby, the monitor power button turns green, the screen comes on for a couple seconds, then black. But the power button stays GREEN. It does not go back to yellow.

    Once again, after a few minutes when I get the monitor to stay with me, it never goes out again, not even flashes or dims, until I put the computer into standby.

    So if that's what you meant by leaving the monitor on, then that doesn't work. If you meant something else, let me know. :) I don't know much about computers, so that's why I gave as much detail as I could so it might make sense to you.

  • indyford88 Feb 18, 2009

    I went to Power Options and told it to never turn off the monitor and to Stand By after a set number of minutes. It never went to Stand By.

    I've unplugged it and plugged back in my bulky, curved monitor. So weird to look at now, but at least it turns on. I gave the LCD monitor back to my dad. He has a friend at his wife's work that is going to look at it.

  • lafar Feb 19, 2009

    When I get here every morning my screen is black, while the other two identical monitors remain lit. I keep pushing the right hand button (source/set) and it flashes on for a second, then goes immediately black again. But while it flashes I must find one of the desktop icons and click on it; then the monitor comes on and stays on for the rest of the day. So frustrating.

    When I saw these messages I went outside and got my monitor back out of the dumpster! Help!

    Marshall LaFar

    Gastonia, NC

  • Jditty Apr 13, 2009

    I have the same problem. Doesn't seem to matter what setting I have it on, or how I power down & power up. I've tried every variation I can think of and adjusted every setting that I can. It just started all of a sudden.
    I have yet to figure it out....there must be something going bad with the unit.

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    So, instead of turning it to stand by with the start button, just set the setting to standby after a certain amount of time of disuse and leave the monitor setting as it is. Worth a try?  

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Under power Options you can leave the monitor on and " Stand By" the rest of the system. Might give that a try?



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It's a bad back light inverter. These models are NOTORIOUS for them. It's a simple fix for a technician and not very expensive. I fixed mine about 2 years ago and it's still going strong.
You can purchase replacement inverters and if you're handy with a screwdriver you can fix it yourself.
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