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My computer monitor frequently blacks out while in use. Gateway troubleshooters sent me an update for the video drivers, but it did not solve the problem. I get an error message stating "not optimum mode. recommended mode 1280x1024 60hz" I have corrected this even prior to the driver download. The blackouts are not as frequent, but still occur after about an hour on the computer. What can be done to correct this?

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  • sperry985 Sep 16, 2010

    Yes, I have checked the screen saver settings. The screen saver is presently on 1024x768 at 60 hz which was recommended by another tech who said 1280 x 1024 was too much for my screen size (18"). It works and looks better on the current setting, but still blacks out.

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Have you checked your Screen Saver settings?

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