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Monitor Flashes Colors when system powered down

When system is shut down, the monitor flashes different colors. Full screen goes from red to green to yellow to white, etc. The monitor power button does not work, I have to pull the power cord to make it stop. If the system is powered up, all is ok. Dell warranty expired less than 1 month ago. . .of course.

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  • blinkykatie Dec 23, 2007

    It started with the monitor buttons not working...if we turned off the computer, but left the monitor on, then powered the computer back up...well, the monitor promptly turned itself off. Monitor settings in device manager were useless and had no effect on anything we were having any trouble with. No updated drivers are available.

    Pushing the on/off button on the monitor didn't work - we figured out you just had to leave the monitor power on, plug the monitor in when booting, then UNplug it, then wait a second, THEN plug it back in..and *hope* the "on" light would flash on, then off, then back on - only then was the monitor "on"...or maybe we'd have to unplug it one more time and try plugging in again.

    NOW...well, we've been performing this ridiculous ritual for quite awhile - at *least* we didn't have to do anything specific when turning it off...until...

    Last month, it started flashing the different colors when we turned off the computer but left the monitor on. Very festive, but absolutely annoying for the most part.

  • frugalfam Dec 27, 2007

    I have the exact same problem - the monitor won't shut down and just flashes colors. I've had this system for about a year and it just started. I went through the support suggestions and it doesn't help. I can't believe I already need a new monitor - can anyone help?

  • Pocha Dec 27, 2007

    I am having the exact same problem with my monitor. Please advise.....

  • LoriAG Jan 15, 2008

    Great Tip! The problem was that the burn-in mode on my monitor was turned on. I went into my monitor menu, turned it off and now everything is great! Thanks for the tip!

  • Pocha Jan 18, 2008

    I had the exact same problem...I went in and followed the steps given, and the problem is fixed!!! Thanks so much....the dell service folks and I had been e-mailing back and forth, so this saved me a lot of hassle...

  • Roger Giellis Jan 20, 2008

    I have the flashing screen problem with a Dell 5150 laptop. It starts when I power up the laptop - flashes red, green, blue, white, etc about 2 seconds each nonstop.



    The laptop can drive an external monitor just fine,


  • love12348340 Jul 24, 2008

    I have the same problem, how to turn off burn-in mode if none of the button work?

  • peter duggan Oct 06, 2008

    ? how do i access the burn in mode i have exactly the same problem

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2008

    Mine does the same thing. and the link doesnt get me to the directions. can someone post on here?

  • Messcook Feb 12, 2009

    Same as LoriG's

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    qdo o sistema é desligado o monitor pisca alternadamente cores diferentes. o botão lig/desl não funciona.

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Reset factory settings. Push the selection button (second button from the left at the bottom of the monitor, next to the AUTO button), then go the the Factory Reset by pressing the minus button. Press the selection button again, and when it asks if you want to reset say YES by using the minus button. It's a quick fix!

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Go into your monitors settings and select "Factory Reset" Then go to "Factory" and you will find the burn in setting.

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Looks like the Burn-in mode is turned on. See here:
http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dim_monitor&message.id=70187

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Posted on Jan 14, 2008

  • cthomas Jan 14, 2008

    The previous link was cut off. Here it is in two lines, copy and paste as one address:

    http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforu...
    message?board.id=dim_monitor&message.id=70187

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If you can find a setting for DDC/DI and turn that OFF, this could solve your problem (it did for me).

Description of the setting is included below, but put simply it allows your monitor to communicate with your computer and make adjustments.

From wiki: The Display Data Channel or DDC is a collection of digital communication protocols between a computer display and a graphics adapter that enables the display to communicate its supporteddisplay modes to the adapter and to enable the computer host to adjust monitor parameters, such as brightness and contrast.

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Have fixed problem myself. If you have documentation CD, insert same and reset factory settings. Worked for me. Good luck. Messcook

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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