Dear Tech Support My monitor keeps blinking on and off, every few seconds now, but the power lights stay on. I don't think the monitor is the problem. I think I need a new driver. I have been having problems for about 4 months now.I have received various messages that say "My computer has suffered a serious problem, etc. Messages such as"Intel Graphics Driver has stopped working properly." I don't think this is something I can do myself. Who do I call and where do I go to get a new driver? or do I need a new computer. It's about 4-5 years old. It must have blinked 30 times while I am writing this email. Ann K.
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Do you mean the monitor's power light starts green and then turns orange when you turn it on? Most monitors will go to a power saving mode when they do not get a signal from the computer.
The Dell GX260 has a green power light when on. When the computer is off, the light is off. If it is green and blinking, then the computer is in a power saving mode.
Diagnosis: start with the obvious: is the monitor cable plugged into both the computer and the monitor (if not permanently connected to the monitor)? Are you connected to the active port? (You can add a video graphics card in most desktops. The motherboard video port usually needs to be disabled to use the card ports. If you plug in the monitor cable to the disabled port, it won't work.) Is the monitor set to the correct input? (This applies if the monitor has several ports. In that case, there will be a Source or Input button on the monitor.) Is the computer on? The GX260 has the power button on the front. (Other computers have the power button on the top.) There is also the power supply switch on the back which needs to be on.
Next try a different data cable between the monitor and the computer (if you can). Try a different monitor. If a second monitor works, than the monitor has a damaged main board. If the second monitor doesn't work, then the video graphics adapter has probably failed. Replace the add-on card, if in use, then boot in the safe mode to remove the old graphics driver. Then install the correct driver for the graphics adapter.
Note: the computer and the monitor should both be off when you connect the cables. Then turn on the monitor first and set it to the correct source before turning on the computer.)
it sounds like the inverter was defective, the monitor will be fine for few seconds then go off but power light still stay on with Green. You can contact with manufacturer for repair service if it still under warranty.
The blinking power button indicates a short in the power
supply which is then not putting out the full voltage needed to give a bright display. This is a very common problem with LCD monitors after 2-3 years
of service. It is caused by heat buildup in the case causing parts
called capacitors to blown out causing the power supply to short out
which in turn make the power light just blink. You can repair it
yourself if you can solder. We have a repair diagram posted on our web
site at: www.ccl-la.com
Replace the parts shown and you will be back up and running. If you
don't want to do the repair yourself we do offer a repair service for
$35 plus return shipping. Let us know if you have any other questions
about the unit or the repair.
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Have you tried the monitor on another computer? If so, and it works, the issue is with your graphics settings on your computer. LCD and plasma based monitors often come with a protection circuit that disables the monitor if the synch or refresh rate are beyond it's capabilities. this is to protect your monitor from damage.
Do not exceed your monitor's max resolution. Resolution is determined the following way:
Width x Height @ Refresh Rate For your model:
Max Resolution 1440 x 900 @ 75Hz
More detailed information about your monitor can be found HERE. If your monitor is still under warranty, and you find it to be faulty, you may be able to send it to the manufacturer for repairs.
I had the same problem with my eMachine t3418. Site advisor Micromend suggested changing the power supply to more wattage. Very much recommend doing that. I did but it didn't fix the problem. Micromend also advised trying a video card. I bought a cheap vid card and installed it. It worked. Apparently MY problem was in the motherboard and the vid card worked around that. Much cheaper than replacing the computer. I'm NOT a tech. Just sharing my experience with what worked for me. I you have a laptop or a friend does, hook your monitor to it to test that it's okay first though.
It appears that the display resolution set in your display properties is out of the range that the LCD can display.
Boot to the ENABLE VGA MODE by pressing F8 to get the Windows Boot Menu. If you can get to the desktop, then go to display properties, and see if you can change the resolution to higher settings and maintain video. (If the video blanks out, then it should revert to the previous setting in 15 seconds)
My MD7317 did the same thing until I actually installed the driver for it. My windows did not have the correct driver in it's driver base, so I found the driver online ( took a few minutes of searching) and within a few minutes of installation the monitor displayed a great colorful picture. Naturally, I had to use another monitor while I was searching. Driver is about 3.3 megs. It came in a zip format. I did not keep track of the link to driver, but it omly took a few minutes to locate it.
Do you see anything at all after boot up or does it stay dead
Check all the connectors.
Check the driver situation.
Check graphics card seating if this is a card aopposed of integrated graphics for this machine.
Run the recovery disk
Go to Dell Tech support.