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Dell E171FP Monitor goes black after 2 secs

Every time i switch on the power, even without the video cable connected, the screen goes black after a very short time. If I'm quick I can press the menu button but it won't stay visible long enough to do a factory reset or anything else. If I switch off and switch on again, it goes back to the beginning. I also fiddled with the image settings just before this went wrong, as I was trying to set it up as an external display for a laptop. Is this a fixable problem, or should I give up? Has anyone else managed to navigate the menu buttons without being able to see the screen?

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Hi, I don't think the problem is with your monitor. Your monitor sounds like it's doing exactly what it's supposed to do. The monitor is supposed to turn off if there's no cable attached, which means there's no signal input. When the screen goes black, does the power light stay on and turn orange? or does it go off as well? I would recommend that you lower your screen resolution to 1280x1024 or lower in the Display Properties window, then remove your primary monitor, and connect the monitor to your desktop computer. You should see it light up when connected. The monitor auto-senses when there's a computer attached to the cable and when there's a signal. If it doesn't see a signal, it goes black to save power.

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