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Screen Not Staying On

The monitor was not staying on.
I replaced the cable.
Information the screen, but the Monitor is not staying on.
When I toggle the Monitor on and off button, I see the screen saver is working.
Then the screen goes blank again

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  • Anthony Browne Apr 17, 2009

    The monitor is NOT staying on long enough for me to read instructions.

    I am seeing auto adjust in progress.

  • Anthony Browne Apr 17, 2009


    Are you still with me?




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Hi TontBrowne,
I'm not sure exactly what causes this problem. However it seems that lowering the 'Brightness' and 'Contrast' fixes things. The problem is, you can't see the menu without the backlight. However, try this, as it worked for me:
Have monitor turned on and plugged into computer. Boot up the computer so that a signal is being sent to the monitor. My monitor would flicker to life everytime there was a resolution or refresh rate change. But then the backlight goes out and the screen goes black after only a couple seconds. The 'green' power light was still on, just the screen was black. You can only get to the menus when a signal is being sent from the computer to the monitor, so it needs to be on. For my monitor the brightness needs to be at 60 or below for the backlight to stay on. The default factory settings are too high for my montior as they are above those numbers. Once your computer is all booted up, you can change the monitor settings.
Notice you have four buttons on the bottom of the unit: ( - ) Menu ( - ) minus ( + ) plus ( 0 ) power Hit these buttons in order to lower the 'Brightness' and 'Contrast': Press ( - ) minus -- enters 'Brightness' and 'Contrast' menu Press ( - ) minus -- moves hightlighted option down to 'Brightness' Press ( - ) Menu -- selects 'brightness' as option to change Press ( - ) minus several times -- each press moves the brightness down 1-100. Press ( - ) Menu -- sets the new level. Press ( - ) minus -- moves hightlighted option down to 'contrast' Press ( - ) Menu -- selects 'contrast' as option to change Press ( - ) minus several times -- each press moves the contrast down 1-100. Press ( - ) Menu -- sets the new level. Press ( - ) minus -- moves hightlighted option down to 'Exit' Press ( - ) Menu -- selects to exit the menu. Press ( 0 ) power -- turn off monitor Press ( 0 ) power -- turn on monitor The monitor stayed on for me after this. I lowered the numbers much lower than 60 at first. Then raised them slowly back up once I could see the screen easier.

Hope this would help you fix your issue.

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Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Apr 17, 2009


     This seems to be a serious issue with monitor. It seems that your display drivers are no longer working.In this regard, when you purchase the desktop, there would be a disk that was offered to you ( floppy drive ), that would have all the display driver for monitor.

     You need to run that. Usually companies like Lg, Samsung do provide this to customers. 

    If you don't have that, you need to get in touch with the local tech...that seems to be the only solution.

    Another reason for the monitor being shutdown, might be  few blown Ic's. When you open your desktop, there would be 2 boards. One big and the another small one. They are made up of millions of connections. Even a small blown Ic can cause this. 

    If your desktop is out of warranty, open it, Take a voltmeter. Remove both the boards. Check the continuity.You would find few blown Ic's and other stuff.Order new one on ebay or other online vendors.

    I hope this would help you. I know it's hard for us to judge whic Ic might have been blown or is that really display drivers for monitor that is causing problem, but you need to DIY.

    Thanks for using Fixya.

    Do rate the solution "Fixya" if 100% satisfied.


  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Apr 17, 2009


     would you like me to help you to open desktop and repair it :)...

     I would love to help you, However make sure that the desktop would not be under warranty because if the open the outer cover the warranty would be void :(

    Let me know so that we can work further.

    Thanks for using fixya.



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