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Flashing padlock icon in the middle of the screen

Hi,
i have a dell E172FPt monitor,recently have a flashing padlock icon in the middle of the scrren.
how do i get rid of it

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  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2008

    Tried that. Didn't work. Perhaps it has to do with the monitor as I do not see that lock when I remotely access the computer. any guesses???

  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    I have the same prolem. How do I get rid of it......annoying.

  • Anonymous Jul 31, 2008

    flashing padlock on E151FPb lcd monitor

  • Kathryn1 Nov 13, 2008

    I have a very Light Colored purplish Blue padlock in the middle of my screen that goes from lock to unlock in a flashing matter. When we are on the internet or anything else the padlock remains as it is in front of everything else so that we cannot see what is behind it.

  • Kathryn1 Nov 13, 2008

    I cannot even click on it for that matter.

  • kg4ekd Jan 13, 2009

    I have the same problem. It just started doing it and I've had the monitor for several years now. I have tried holding down each button on the front and the only button working is the power button. When I turn it off and back on, the little pad lock stays off for about 5 seconds and comes back on. Help me please before I hit it with a hammer. Did I mention that Hell... I mean Dell charges $50 for a phone call now if you're out of warranty. What a rip-off!

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    has anyone found a solution to this yet?


  • edoan07 Mar 07, 2009

    A light blue pad lock pops up at random in front of my Dell screen. Now and then it is an open pad lock. It disappears at random as well - and nothing seems to affect it. Very frustrating!

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    Blue padlock just appeared right in the middle of the screen, alternately locking and unlocking. Double -clicking, or right-clicking on the icon tells me nothing. It just randomly appears.

  • lplayer261 Apr 30, 2009

    I have a blue square with a padlock in the middle of it that keeps opening and closing at random. I have had this Dell monitor for several years and this just popped up yesterday. I have tried all the "fix-its" listed here and nothing works. None of the monitor buttons work except the power button. Please HELP........

  • Kristen Ruddell
    Kristen Ruddell Aug 10, 2014

    I have a padlock in the middle of my screen a bit lower then half way down and I don't know how to get rid of it, tried double clicking and it will double click what ever is behind it on the screen, how do i get rid of this

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When the icon is in the unlock position, hold down the Menu key (the far left button in the lower righht hand corner) on your monitor. This should bring up the menu. From there, you can reset the factory settings.

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If the locked padlock icon appears on your screen, follow these instructions to get rid of it:

Hold down the menu button for at least 15 seconds, then go to the OSD menu and choose NO for OSD menu lock.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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Same problem, only solution is to press and permanently hold one of the buttons at that rare moment when it stops the stupid flashing padlock (another Dell engineering marvel) - tape didn't work to hold, but a small wedge of wood embedded above the button did (at least for now).  

Posted on Jan 10, 2010

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Ekanerod was right this worked for me , although the padlock did not even have to be unlocked I just pressed the left hand button on the bottom right of the monitor, when the menu appears in the middle of the screen, press the plus button on the monitor till you get to restore factory reset , once in restore factory reset press the plus button on the monitor again to choose restore all.
The Padlock does not appear anymore.


I also read another post which did not work for me but may for someone else and that was to go - start - control panel - appearance and themes - display - then change the resoloution from high to a lower one like say 800 x 600 click apply - then click yes - then change it back to the highest res and hit apply and yes again.

:) good luck

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

  • My Karma Jul 19, 2009

    ok so the padlock has come back and I have tried a new way which has been suggested by another user and that is to go - monitor settings (when the lock is not showing) osd settings and where it has the padlock symbol unlocked click on NO.

    This did not work and the padlock has returned.




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The flashing blue lock in the middle of the screen is related to a malfunction in the switches on a small circuit board inside the monitor.

Some options are:

(A) Move the lock by changing its position on the screen. If the controls of the monitor are generally working, you can reposition the lock anywhere (like down in the corner) so it's not right in the middle

(B) Have it repaired by a professional computer shop (might cost more than the monitor is worth)

If you want to do it yourself:

(C) Open up the monitor by unplugging it from the power and computer. Need to remove 9 screws from the back of the case with a Philips screwdriver. Then you can see the little circuit board. Pull it out

- fiddle with the buttons of the switches to make sure none of them are stuck in the on position

- If that doesn't work, try putting a coin or other small, thin object between the board and the switch, which has the effect of holding down the button permanently.

(4) If all else has failed, here is an EXTREME but permanent solution: cut the green, yellow, and blue wires with wire cutters or clippers. This means you will never be able to use the brightness or contrast controls of the monitor again. I didn't really want to have to do that, but the monitor isn't worth much anyway, and it's much better to me than being driven insane by the flashing padlock.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

  • Roger B Sep 29, 2013

    The flashing blue lock in the middle of the screen is related to a
    malfunction in the switches on a small circuit board inside the monitor.

    Some options are:
    (A) Move
    the lock by changing its position on the screen. If the controls of the
    monitor are generally working, you can reposition the lock anywhere
    (like down in the corner) so it's not right in the middle
    (B) Have it repaired by a professional computer shop (might cost more than the monitor is worth)
    If you want to do it yourself:
    (C)
    Open up the monitor by unplugging it from the power and computer. Need
    to remove 9 screws from the back of the case with a Philips screwdriver.
    Then you can see the little circuit board. Pull it out
    - fiddle with the buttons of the switches to make sure none of them are stuck in the on position
    -
    If that doesn't work, try putting a coin or other small, thin object
    between the board and the switch, which has the effect of holding down
    the button permanently.
    (4) If all else has
    failed, here is an EXTREME but permanent solution: cut the green,
    yellow, and blue wires with wire cutters or clippers. This means you
    will never be able to use the brightness or contrast controls of the
    monitor again. I didn't really want to have to do that, but the monitor
    isn't worth much anyway, and it's much better to me than being driven
    insane by the flashing padlock.

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I seen on a blog on dell's website that the cord might be stretched out too tight. Guess what, mine was so I moved the monitor a little to release that tension and the lock went away immediately.

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Hi,

Thank you Roger B. From France! You save my monitor!(And me of course)!!
Your Option 4 is done:
(4) If all else has failed, here is an EXTREME but permanent solution: cut the green, yellow, and blue wires with wire cutters or clippers. This means you will never be able to use the brightness or contrast controls of the monitor again. I didn't really want to have to do that, but the monitor isn't worth much anyway, and it's much better to me than being driven insane by the flashing padlock.

My monitor is a Dell E 151 FPb. EXTREME Solution but EFFECTIVE!!

Posted on Mar 09, 2014

Only few times I've got such useful tips in so less number of posts. Good going fellas! Fixed mine with Bluetacs!

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

The best luck i have is holding the + button on the monitor and it went away, so just put some tape over it and that should work for the short term.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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It's a problem with the buttons on the board inside the monitor. That board can be disconnected (if you don't want to use it), or replaced. In the meantime, if you can get into the OSD menu, you can change the position of it, so it pops up in the lower right corner of the screen. Then it's not so annoying.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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    Frank Zimmerman Oct 26, 2012

    I took my board out, and just sprayed the switches with carb cleaner (probably not the best, but it's what I had!). It's working now...we'll see for how long.

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I have done all these things you guys said to do and it didnt do a thing
i have the annoying symbol right in the middle of the screen
anymore help

Posted on Jun 09, 2012

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