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Dell Monitor wont turn on.

Good MorningWe had a power outage last night and my monitor will not start up. Power light just keeps blinking

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Your monitor has a self-test feature. Have you tried using it? The link below will give you directions on how to do this. It will also give you information on common problems.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/E176FP/En/index.htm

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