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HOW DO I GET THIS STUPID PADLOCK THAT KEEPS OPENING AND CLOSING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DELL MONITOR SCREEN TO GO AWAY FOR GOOD?????

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  • dandsweber Apr 15, 2009

    did not work - tried this before, any other solution?

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    dan I am having the same problem can not figure it out either

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Solution Steps For Computers Running Windows XP

1. Click on "Start" at the bottom left of the screen.
2. Choose "Settings"
3. Choose "Control Panel"
4. Double click on the "Display" menu option.
5. Click on the "Settings" tab on the display dialog box.
6. Move the resolution slider to a different screen size (e.g. 800x600, 1024x768).
7. Hit the "Apply" button and select "Yes" that you want to use these new settings.
8. Change the resolution back to your preferred setting. Hit "Apply" and "Yes" again.
9. You can also righ-click on a blank spot on the desktop and choose "properties" to get to the same screen in Control Panel and change the settings

Posted on Apr 15, 2009

  • jdthefixer Apr 16, 2009

    Dan,



    Here are two other possible remedies.



    This is from the Dell support forum - I was able to help another user with the fix I posted earlier. It sounds like your issue could be something different. I have not tried these myself. See these posts:



    >>Someone there turned the OSD lock on. You can unlock the OSD by pushing and holding the Menu button for 15 seconds. This should stop the padlock from appearing.<<



    AND.....

    Re: Padlock symbol in Middle of Screen
    >>The problem appears to be caused by dirty contacts in the buttons. The result is a short circuit, which fools the monitor into thinking that the button(s) are being depressed. If you have a simple understanding of electronics, you can fix this in a matter of minutes (at you own risk, of course).


    Unplug the monitor
    Open it up by removing any screws and/or snaps
    Get access to the button panel
    Clean the contacts with a brush and some isopropanol
    Put everything back together


    Try the easier one first......

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