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Screen goes blank when I move the mouse

When the computer is on its fine.  The initial screen comes up with all our various names on.  I go to move the mouse to click on my name and the screen goes black.  If I turn off the screen again, it comes back on for a second or two until I move the mouse

my old dell 17" crt monitor recently quit working. I purchased a samsung Syncmaster 220wm wide secreen 22' monitor to replace it. It is connected to the computer through a Nvidia fx 5200 video card. The screen works fine on the loading screens but once the windows xp is loaded the screen goes blank if I move the mouse or try to open any programs. I have tried re-installing the drivers for the monitor and updateing the drivers for the video card. I have switched from digital cable to analog cable and back again, without any resolution. The only thing I can think of is thqt the resolution for this montior is somehow overppowering my older graphic card, but wondered if anyone else has had this problem before I replace the video card. I would hate to spend the money to buy a new video card only to find that it was a glitch in my mouser driver or some other softwaqre conflict.

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  • drowingbear Feb 15, 2008

    dug the old montier out of the basement from another computer system. this montior seems to be functioing fine while the samsung is blinking off and on, and freezeing up when I try to move the mouse, could my video card be overheating?

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Did it work properly using a VGA (analog) cable? If so, check your DVI (digital) cable against the pictures at the bottom of http://www.datapro.net/techinfo/dvi_info.html.
You probably have one of the two at the left. Each has a different bandwidth, translating to a maximum resolution. The native resolution for your monitor might be marginal if you have a single-link DVI-D cable.
My 204B seems very picky about signal-level. It blinks when connected by DVI, even though it should be fine with a single-link cable, and complains about the settings even though the settings are optimal. Maybe yours is similar. I have ordered a dual-link cable and will try that myself.

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Did you try the computer with another monitor?

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