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Dell E171FPb monitor turns on, but that's it

When I turn my Dell E171FPb monitor on, it doesn't go to a blank screen with the no video input box. The screen shows 4 horizontal columns that have different contrast levels. The top column being black, and the bottom being white. A vertical column that is brighter than the horizontal columns scrolls from the left side of the screen everytime you turn it on, and once it hits the right side, begins scrolling back to the left again.

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Re: Dell E171FPb monitor turns on, but that's it

Hi Letneper,

Hope this will give you hints. Some monitors have standby mode or screen saver feature and or self test feature when not connected to video input of your PC or CPU. Except this problem did not occur at first use. You can turn this off like other monitors manually at OSD (on-screen display) settings if available. No more no less if it works fine with PC or CPU on then there's nothing to worry.

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Rosener Guyano

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

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