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Computer Monitor My computer monitor does not work , but the tower is ok. When I switch on the monitor it turns red and switches off in a matter of moments...

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Check your slot of your video card, make sure it is good stand position

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Sounds it may have a short in it or your cable. Try replacing the cable, if that doesn't work, try to get another monitor and see if it does the same thing.

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My computer turns on but my screen wont HELP NOW

please check on cables connecting the monitor to your tower/cpu. make sure both ends are plugged in tight. check on the monitor power light aswell, if its blinking or not, if the monitor has been more than 5years old too, its possible thats already dead computers have a life time too especially the old models.

Apr 06, 2011 | Operating Systems

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When ever i my computer goes to sleep the monitor wont come back on. If i turn the monitor off then on the screen comes on for about 2 seconds then is black. The only way to get it to come on and stay on...

Control panel > Power options > Choose power plan> set to Never turn off display / Never put monitor to sleep
(For Vista... XP similar) Not sure about Win 7, will not be much different

DVD Issues, possibly the media being used, only real way is to try another DVD drive in the tower

Jan 06, 2011 | Operating Systems

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My converter does nothing,power light is on,but no picture,nosignals,nothing.what's wrong;

If, when you first turn on the power, you hear the hard drive spinning or possibly a beep, see any of the other lights briefly flash, or passably hear the fan start then the likely cause is the video.

  1. Check that the video cable is securely screwed into the computer
  2. Check the video cable going into the monitor too. Some manufactures have removable cables on their monitors.
  3. Be sure that the monitor has power, most monitor power switches have indicator lights either built-in the switch or near to the switch. Generally it's green
  4. Try your monitor on a friend's computer to make sure it works. Or you could try or your friends monitor on your computer too.

If it's not your monitor it could be your video card.

a) TURN OFF THE SWITCH AND REMOVE THE POWER CORD (either from the computer or the wall).

b) Open the case and reseat the card. That means that you will have to remove the video cable, remove the screw that holds the card in place. Pull up "gently but firmly"

c) Once the card comes out carefully reinstall the card into the same slot. Use your eyes to be sure it's lined up squarely and push it in. It should be clear to you when it's seated. It might take slight wiggle to get it in, this is normal.

d) Put the securing screw back in, close the case up and reconnect all cables and the power.

If on the other hand when you turn on the power switch you don't hear any or see any other lights. The first suspect would be the Power Supply. Replacing a power supply is easy enough on most machines, The problem is that getting the correct Power Supply can be tricky. There are a few types and some manufactures have made it so that only that manufacture

Dec 21, 2010 | Operating Systems

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I am having trouble with the monitor showing a black screen. It will turn off in the middle of anything I am doing, quite randomly. Using windows XP Home edition. PC does not turn off, but disk light...

I would suggest to first determine that your monitor is OK. If you are using a notebook try connecting an external monitor as well and see if the same random (monitor switching off problem) happens with this monitor. If you have a desktop try connecting a different monitor.

If the same condition happens with a different monitor try updating the drivers for your video card.

Dec 29, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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No monitor display just blinks every 2 sec.

Check if you have several connectors for monitors, and if the cable is plugged in properly.
In case the monitor has a cable with removeable connector, check if that side is plugged in properly as well.
If you use onboard and graphic card together, try to switch from what you try to use now, to the other one (ex. using GFX card now, switch to onboard connector if available, and see what happens). In case your pc/laptop is in standby, push the power button for a second.
If your pc beeps on startup (that's called post signal), consider the mainboard manufactur for the beep code (a few short and/or long beeps). For example, a common but not obvious reason for this problem can be not properly installed RAM. If all that doesn't help, check if the monitor works on another computer. If not, then it might be broken or might need a new cable.

Dec 28, 2009 | Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate for PC

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What do i do if my computer monitor goes blank and turns on and the cords are all the way plugged it the tower or monitors problem??

Hi There !!

Thank you for writing to

The monitor turn off & tun back on automatically, are the symptoms of Faulty Driver for graphic card, or Faulty Graphic Card & even could be the monitor it self. My suggestion would be to first, Uninstall & reinstall the drivers of the graphic card. If still problem persist you might need to replace the Graphic Card. But 80% of the times, drivers causes these kind of issues.

Steps how to change the Graphic Card:

  1. Static electricity can seriously damage the components inside a computer. To avoid this you must ensure you are grounded when operating inside your computer. One way to do this is to purchase an anti-static wrist strap which you should wear at all times. The wrist-strap plugs into an electrical socket which will automatically discharge the static electricity in your body.
  2. The graphics card or video card translates information into the graphics and text that appear on the monitor screen.
  3. Most motherboards now include a slot specifically designed for the graphics adapter called the AGP slot. This stands for Advanced Graphics Port.
  4. Modern graphics adapters usually incorporate some memory right on the card to improve their performance.
  5. To get into the tower you will have to remove the panel which is on the right hand side when viewing the tower from the back. Open this side of computer case by removing the screws at the back of the tower which are holding it in place. Then simply slide the panel off.
  6. Locate the old card on the motherboard and remove it by firmly lifting it out of the slot it occupies. Insert the new card, ensuring it is firmly pushed into the slot. Note: Some AGP ports have sliding locks that hold graphics cards in place. If your card is reluctant to come out or won't stay in, check if your port has these. If it does, use a screwdriver or your fingers to pull it to the right (open) or left (close). Make sure it clicks before removing or adding the card to minimize the risk of damaging the new card or your motherboard.
  7. Replace the tower's side panel, switch the computer on and install appropriate software that came with the new card.

Hope all these steps will help.

Anurag Shukla

Sep 03, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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My computer doesn't start up and when it does my screen has dotted lines and sometimes it starts but when it does only in a matter of time because after a few hours the screen of my computer will become...

Sounds like a monitor issue at this point (blurry screen). Try switching monitors to see if same problem or test your monitor on another system.

If not the monitor, could be video card or driver. It possible that you have spyware or malware, also. If not the monitor, when the computer does start, go into Safe Mode (F8). If Safe Mode loads OK, select a System Restore point from a date when all was OK. Hope this helps.

Jul 09, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with...

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Monitor wont display a picture

plz try by resitting the ram if it doesn't work then *********** board require servicing

Mar 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows 98 for PC

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Xps 600 tower does not power up the monitor

The system will turn off if you hold down the power button for 10 secs. Can you check if other monitors work fine with this system?? (my best guess is - NO) since this monitor works well with other systems, the monitor being a failure is ruled out. So this boils down to a system failure & not a failed monitor. Worst case scenario this one must be a Motherboard & Power supply issue.

Jan 12, 2009 | Dell Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Hi Brandy19960,

Thanks for the posting in FIXYA.

Please do the following steps:

Step – 1

Right-click on My Computer, open Properties, click the Advanced tab. Under “Startup & Recovery,” click Settings. Under “System Failure,” Uncheck the box in front of “Automatically restart.”

Step - 2

To change the setting, click Start --> Run--> type GPEDIT.MSC, click OK.

Drill down to Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options.

In the right pane, find “Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile.”

NOTE: Since someone actually has to have set this policy, the problem will be pretty rare, but is worth mentioning. However, Forum participant “roadrunner” reported that the personal security app Privacy Eraser automatically enables “Clear virtual memory pagefile,” and, therefore, may be the cause of a slow shutdown.

Step - 3

When Windows XP won’t powerdown automatically, the APM/NT Legacy Power Node may not be enabled. To enable this, right-click on the My Computer icon, click Properties | Hardware | Device Manager | View. Check the box labeled “Show Hidden Devices.” If it’s available on your computer, there will be a red X on the APM/NT Legacy Node. Try enabling it and see if this resolves the powerdown problem (Tip from Terri Stratton). Or, to check the other side of the APM/ACPI coin, open the Power Options applet in Control Panel. If there is an APM tab, make sure the “Enable Advanced Power Management Support” box is checked.

Step - 4

Try a Shutdown shortcut -

For a shortcut to RESTART Windows XP:
SHUTDOWN -r -t 01

For a shortcut to SHUT DOWN Windows XP:
SHUTDOWN -s -t 01

Step 5

WORK-AROUND: Disable power management for your USB hub: Open Device Manager (click Start, click Run, type DEVMGMT.MSC, click OK). Double-click to expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Double-click USB Root Hub. Click Power Management. Uncheck the box “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.” OK your way out

Step – 6
Click on the Start button.
Select Run from the menu.
In the run dialog box type “msconfig”.
Click OK.

Once in the msconfig utility select the startup tab. In the startup tab you will see several programs listed with a checkbox beside it. If there is a check mark beside the application listed, the application will startup when your computer starts up.


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